Finding Joy Update: Week Five

Wondering what the Finding Joy series is about or missed a week? Here’s week one, week two, week three and week four.

This was not a good week. I feel like I took one step forward last week and three back this week. {sigh}

Finding joy in God:

In spite of getting to bed earlier this week, I still struggled in the prayer department. I am taking my friend Anne’s advice and “NOT SWEAT IT” (her words 🙂 ). As prayer is proving to be dry and difficult, I am relying on short aspirations and lifting my heart to the Lord during short moments during the day. I try to do my regular prayers (meditation, rosary, etc) but can’t so, I’m trying to offer up my dryness to the Lord. May His Holy Will be done.

On top of this, my cousin’s wife passed away last Friday. She died of cancer at the age of 56. I take consolation that she died at 3:10PM, during the hour of Divine Mercy. Still, my heart breaks. She was such a good woman and someone I cared about. Besides that, we have had 5 close family members die in  a little over a year. I have faith and trust in the Lord, but it is still hard…

Finding joy in my husband:

My husband was on the road again most of this week, so we didn’t have much time alone; but he should be home for the weekend. I am continuing with my goal to find little ways to make my husband’s life easier; which has been easy since he hasn’t been home!

Finding joy in my son:

Things have been better this week. Not great, but better. He still is having more “moments” then he has had in a while, but I’m doing a little better staying calm. My son had a day and a half trip with his grandparents, which helped! Gave me some alone time. I also took (am taking) the week off of school just to have some summer fun – in spite of the wicked heat.

Finding joy in self care.

I exercised twice this week and I know that I have to make some improvement in this area. I’ve also been experimenting with my intermittent fasting window. I’ve tried different times and am finding that my best window time is 4pm – 9pm, so I am going to try and stick with that time frame.

Little ways I’ve found joy this week.

My husband and I spent time with my cousin on Sunday. He is holding up okay. It’s hard but he is comforted by the fact that he was with her when she passed and for the time they had together. They were married 20 years.

I enjoyed the peace and free time I had while my son was with his grandparents and my husband was at work. Although, I did feel weird sleeping alone with no one in the house.

How did (are) you finding joy this week? Come share your joys with us over at Angie’s Many Little Blessings.

Finding Joy Update: Week Four

Wondering what the Finding Joy series is about or missed a week? Here’s week one, week two and week three.

This was not a good week. I feel like I took one step forward last week and three back this week. {sigh}

Finding joy in God:

Oh my, my prayer life this week was quite sucky and I have no one to blame but myself. I took out a bunch (well, 5 to be exact) of books from the library and wound up staying up way late (for me) reading them – 11:30 or 12. Basically, I read 1 full book a day and they weren’t all small books – Pride and Prejudice was one of them.

Staying up late meant I had a hard time getting up in the  morning, so I overslept and everyday seemed like a race to get done the things I needed to. Then I’d settle down in the evenings, start reading and of course, ran into the same thing the next day. So, I’m sorry to say that I missed  my meditation time, missed Mass and feel asleep while trying to pray the rosary.

Finding joy in my husband:

My husband was on the road, so we didn’t have much time alone; but we did have some fun family time. I am trying now to find ways to do little things to make his life a bit easier. I’m continuing this goal. I’m noticing my husband responding positively; and, I’m noticing that I’m changing in my view of my husband – in a good way. 🙂

Finding joy in my son:

My son, my son. He was in a rare mood this week that made dealing with him difficult. He was cranky and tantrum-y. He gave me a hard time about everything and anything. Even the lure of reading to him didn’t work and he gave me a hard time at bedtime. He was disagreeable and annoying. I was at a point where I didn’t even want to be in the same room with him. Nothing worked, not the discipline jar, time-outs, losing privileges. I yelled at him more times than I want to admit.

Finding joy in self care.

I made time for the eliptical machine 4 times this week, which is good. Did okay with the intermittent fasting. I’ve been gradually increasing my fasting and I made my fast until 4pm yesterday. Today I broke my fast at 1:30, but closed my window at 6:30 and didn’t succumb to  any late night eating, so that was good.

Little ways I’ve found joy this week.

This past Sunday we went to my husband’s cousin’s house to celebrate her daughter’s graduation from high school. Met (or got re-aquainted with) some of Michael’s family. I always thought I had a large family; but, wow, his family is huge!

In spite of the late nights I mentioned above, I read some good books this week, which always bring me joy. I love to read. If I could, I’d do nothing but read. 🙂

My mother-in-law took my son to the beach which gave me some alone time to get some work done, including a video for my business.

How did (are) you finding joy this week? Come share your joys with us over at Angie’s Many Little Blessings.