Friday, August 1, 2014

Bursting-out joy











1. My mother-in-law brought me some of her homegrown, sunshine-flavored tomatoes.
2. There was a rainbow on the bathroom wall at sunset for just a few days.
3. The small Bears feasted on tiny, tart grapes picked at their grandparents' house.
4. I went to Michael's and spent $7 on things I really wanted: washi tape, stickers for my kids and a new candle.
5. I'm working on the skirt portion of an Eloise sweater for my daughter. I'm enjoying learning something new.
6. I've joined 14 of 16 rows in the flowers in the snow blanket. I could be done by the end of the weekend.
7. I'm playing with wool for a cowl. I'm thinking fruity colors with black. Or soft, dusty ones with gray.
8. I have a bag full of brand-new library books and all of them look good.
9. I'm dipping into old-favorite cookbooks for renewed inspiration and I'm finding a fair amount.
10. I'm watching the clouds roll in every afternoon. We had the second-rainiest July on record.

My daughter told me yesterday, after playing a running-jumping-laughing game with her brother, that she was feeling "bursting-out joy." She said this after she'd emerged from behind the couch, where she'd barricaded herself on both sides with big cushions. Her ponytail was falling out. Her face was red and she was gasping for breath between giggles. Her brother was in a similar state. They spent the last hour until dinner lolling together in a nest of afghans, singing along with songs on The John Tesh Radio Show. They were tired but contented, and excited for Daddy to come home from work. They were happy through and through. They were infectiously happy and my heart was ever so glad.

49 comments:

  1. This post is filled with such a quiet joy, Jennifer. Joy in your surroundings, joy in your children, joy in your life. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  2. There's nothing nicer than seeing siblings enjoying each other's company and having fun together. It didn't happen very often with my two, they were usually to be found arguing, but when it did happen it made it all the more special.

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  3. Busting-out-joy the things children come out with but so cute all the same. your blanket is looking so lovely and I see you that you have another project on the go looks beautiful x

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  4. Kristie put it beautifully, Jennifer. This post is filled with quiet joy and contentment and it warms the heart to read it.

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  5. Oh yippee, I love the "bursting-out joy" phrase! I think I'll start using it over here...so wonderful to read such a happy post, thank you ever so much for sharing all these beautiful things from everyday life! It's these little joys that keep me going sometimes...Chrissie xoxo

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  6. I'm pretty much "bursting-out joy" for seeing your comment on my latest post. So, so lovely to visit you here.

    Happy August to you and your family.

    Stephanie

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  7. "Bursting out Joy" just hearing it makes me smile ~ but hearing your description of it all make me sigh with delight ! :))

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  8. Oh what a lovely post! Made me smile. And those tomatoes look delicious. It really looks like you all are enjoying your time at home. I love that your daughter said bursting out joy.- Kids are so wonderful and I love the way they think.

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  9. How cool is it that you are perceptive to the bear's joy and you shared it and now people all over the world are smiling and feeling good because you put in words your child's happiness? I love that! Your family is so sweet. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Those are the beautiful moments in parenthood that make it all just so very awesome! And your joy here is gorgeous! I can not wait to see that sweater and those yummy garden goodies are just the best!!!! Life is so very sweet...thank you for sharing the good friend! Nicole xoxo

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  11. What a lovely post...it makes me smile!
    Have a beautiful weekend,
    Titti

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  12. The sunshine flavoured tomatoes look amazing what a good crop. x

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  13. I miss that part of having young kids, the infectious, bursting out joy (what a brilliant phrase) part. Long may the happiness continue x

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  14. Sounds like you are all enjoying the summer. The tomatoes look wonderful, like little pears. I love a stack of good books waiting to be explored, and I love a dark, stormy sky as well. The yellow yarn is delicious, I'm a bit obsessed with yellow at the moment. Nothing too bright, but that lovely buttery colour that you have - perfect. Enjoy the weekend Jennifer, CJ xx

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  15. Fabulous post, Jennifer. All lovely things. :o)

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  16. What a beautiful post...I love how your daughter said she was feeling "bursting-out joy". We need to feel that as adults! I need to go through some of my cookbooks too, and get some new inspiration.

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  17. Oh what a wonderfully happy post this is Jennifer - "bursting-out joy" - I love it, and could feel the excitement in the air as I read through your account of such happiness; pure, unadulterated, joy!
    Thank you so much for sharing, oh, and I love ALL your pics! Wishing you all a joy-filled weekend, xoJoy

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  18. What a gorgeous, happy post! Have a great weekend :)
    Marianne x

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  19. It is raining here today and a good day for a stop at the library, my pile is all read! Bursting-out joy is wonderful, your little girl is a star and I would have loved to watch them be happy. Your blanket is going to be so beautiful, I can't wait to see it finished. Cx

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  20. Hello Jennifer,

    What a wonderfully joyous post this is. Your images are happiness incorporated, such simple pleasures that really do touch one's heart and soul.

    Young children have such a talent for expressing emotion in a direct and incredibly powerful way. We seem to lose this as we age which is a pity. To be bursting out with joy is indeed something to make one feel glad, very glad. All must be well with the world!

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  21. What a lovely, bright and sunny post, that joy is indeed infectious! thank you

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  22. Beautiful images and I smiled reading about your little ones. Infectious indeed!

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  23. We "adults" should behave more like children... And re-learn to be happy with, well, with nothing... Just be happy and have fun...
    Ps love the sweater you're crocheting !!

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  24. Aren't they just the best moments! Children say such wonderful things. My son once said "oh,I feel so happy, I can feel my heart laughing!"

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  25. Such a beautiful joyful post. I love to hear the sound of children's laughter and sayings its what life is all about. Have a great weekend.

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  26. Lovely goodies!!!!!!! It's true joy when kids have "bursting out joy" fun like that!!!!! Have a fab fun and happy weekend!!!!!!!
    Love
    AMarie xxx

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  27. Isn't she just the cutest!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. "Bursting out joy".....love that!!!! :)
    What a happy post Jennifer, thanks for sharing your joyful snippets!
    V x

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  29. Lovely photos, a joyful post, I always look forward to new posts x

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  30. Burst out joy :) Kids are great.
    My Little Tomboy told me today that when she's older she is going to have a tiny car but it will be 5 decks high and have real gold taps that when you turn them on, out comes gold! Where do they get it from, I love it!
    Jillxo

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  31. This is a happy and peaceful post...
    I find that a lot in your posts... they are always nice xx
    I hope you're having a great weekend,
    Tammy x

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  32. That sweater dress is looking gorgeous! Have a lovely week x

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  33. Homegrown tomatoes and library books! 2 of my favorite things :)

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  34. It's so good when children can be happy together. Love all you crochet and yarn pictures. We've had probably the driest July for a very long time but August has started with plenty of rain and flooding to make up for it.

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  35. How wonderful that you are so happy and that the bears are too!! I am looking forward to seeing your blanket, it looks so lovely in the pictures that you have shown so far. xx

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  36. It's the best feeling in the world, to see the smiles, hear the laughter, and feel the 'bursting - out joy' of your children! So happy for you!

    Poppy

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  37. Lovely simple happy things Jennifer it does your heart good to know that your children are happy and content. :)

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  38. Hi Jennifer,

    Lovely post and wonderful to have happy children that get on well together.
    So many wonderful happy things you have shared today.
    Wishing you a happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  39. Beautiful post full of happy contentment ... just lovely ... Bee xx

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  40. Happy times, simple pleasures these are the best things in life. A happy relaxed contentment is a wonderful feeling !

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  41. What a fabulous week. Happy August.

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  42. "Bursting out joy" - sounds fantatsic. What a lovely post :) xx

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  43. There really is nothing like it, is there? The unadulterated joy of children. We have had it in spades this weekend. It's been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of. Your little girl bear nailed it with her words.
    Leanne xx

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  44. Wow - bursting out joy - it doesn't get any better than that, Jennifer! There is nothing better than the belly laughs of children. Sometimes, ours get into fits of giggles (Jasmine included) and I really cannot see what has tickled them all so much! We just look at them smiling and we are confused, it's like they have a secret and have kept us out of the loop! It's sounds like you are having a great summer so far. :)

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  45. Oh, that is just the sweetest thing :-) Makes me burst out joy just reading it! x

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  46. Wow, such a sweet post, Jennifer! Your daughter and my youngest granddaughters would get along very well -- they are always happy, funny and just full of sweetness. Our son is a huge fan of Jamie Oliver, and the new company he works for has a special team of people who go to the local schools to teach good eating habits -- just exposing children to fresh veggies and fruit is so wonderful. So many children have never even eaten a raw, fresh from the garden tomato -- amazing and sad.

    It's kind of funny, hubby and I are the youngest of the "elders" in his family, so we have been getting all the little treasure that had belonged to his parents. His siblings are all scaling back and getting rid of things. I received some really sweet teacups and saucers and a few decorative plates on this last visit. I guess I am now the keeper of all the treasures that the rest of them don't want but also do not want to get rid of. I'm very happy to cherish these treasures until the day comes when we will have to scale back and down-size. I love all the fabrics in those quilted pieces -- so very pretty. I'm sure you will come up with something that will showcase those treasures and preserve them for the next generation.

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  47. Wow, you are racing through that blanket! It's spurring me on to finish mine. And I adore the colours in the Eloise sweater.

    I think bursting out joy is such a great expression. There hasn't been much of that here this week, just bored, restless grumpiness, from the kids and from me. Must be the post holiday come down! X

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  48. So many beautiful things to look at, loving the look of that skirt and also your blanket is looking fabulous. I am interested by the book 'barefoot contessa back to basics', tell me more! Such a pretty rainbow, its amazing what you see when you just look! xoxo

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  49. What a simply beautiful thing for your daughter to say! I think sometimes as adults we forget to be that happy and we need kids to remind us that it is possible with hardly any effort. Long may you and your family continue to feel such bursting-out joy! x

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