Finding Joy Update: Week Three

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

This was a good week! I still have a lot of progress to make; but, in spite of some big stresses this week, I was able to stay grounded in the Lord. This has helped me begin to re-discover the “joy that surpasses understanding”. ๐Ÿ™‚

Finding joy in God:

I’ve been praying the decade of the rosary every day this week. Now I feel called to add another decade. So my new goal is to pray two decades of the rosary – not necessarily in a row.

My in-bed meditation continues. BUT, I’ve been more focused and able to stay mostly alert during the the meditation time. Twice I’ve stayed in meditation for 15 minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

My biggest stride has been getting to mass. I’ve been to mass everyday this week so far except once. My goal was to make to Mass twice this week, so I happily surpassed this goal. I am going to make it my new goal (to play it safe) is to make it to Mass four times a week. I can’t even say how wonderful it feels to be able to receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist!

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.

Finding joy in my son:

Last week i complained about how impatient I get when it takes him so long to get dressed or ready for bed. This week I built in that extra time into our routines. He wasn’t too happy about starting his bedtime routine earlier, but it has been working. I’m not as pressed to get him to dress quicker. I’ve also been spending even more time reading to him, which has been an incentive to get him moving!

As for focused fun time, I finally got over myself and spent some time playing with him. I’ve played hide and seek, and our version of one-on-one basketball. And you know what? It was fun! I enjoyed the time with him and I love his enthusiasm, spontaneous joy and laughter.

Finding joy in self care.

Still sucking in the exercise department. It is just so not fun for me. I enjoy the elliptical machine, but even that gets boring after a while. {sigh} I have been doing better in the food department. I’m gradually working up to full Fast-5 Intermittent Fasting, and right now I’m eating two meals a day. My new goal is to postpone that first meal by one more hour.

Finding joy in the home.

I am dropping this goal temporarily while we are staying with my in-laws. I am still learning not to be such a perfectionist, and I’m moving this goal to self-care.

Little ways I’ve found joy this week.

On Sunday my sister invited us to join her to the pool club she belongs to. It was a blast. My husband, son and I had long moments of alone time in the pool and it was so much fun!!

Lots of laughter this week. My son was heavy on telling corny jokes which brought many, many smiles.

Had some moments of quiet and peace which gave me much joy.

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


  1. I would like exercise much better if the weather was more pleasant outside…we’re in that “is this the outdoors or a sauna?” season, and in combination with the first 12 pounds of pregnancy, makes exericse NO FUN AT ALL!

    I like your idea about the earlier start to the bedtime routine. We are often rushed at bedtime and it makes it less fun (and they always go to bed later, which means we have less time together).
    Kathleen@so much to say…recently posted…Sunday SnippetsMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      We are in those days, too. We had a couple of beautiful days but then it quickly got hot and humid again.

      It always amazes me how such a small thing can make such a big difference! Since starting our routine earlier I’ve noticed a shift in both of us. More relaxed and fun. Hopefully if you decide to try starting your routine earlier it helps.

  2. It’s great to focus on being joyful in our relationships and in dealing with the everyday demands of life. Look at the great times you had with your son and the better bed times. What a blessing!

    • SimpleCatholic says

      So true, that. I need to get refocused again. It’s only Tuesday and it’s been a rough week…

  3. Hi Carol, your comment about finding ways to make your husband’s life easier is a goal we both share. I think doing little things for our husbands show that we respect and love them. It’s so important for a family to bloom if the spouses support each other!
    Noreen…recently posted…Sunday Snippets–A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      So true, that! I’ve also noticed that since I’ve been doing these little things, the way I look at my husband has changed, too – for the better.

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