Finding Joy: Week Two

So, we are on week two in our journey to finding joy. I did okay, not great, but okay. I’m not going to kick myself in the head over it, though. I am going to rejoice over small successes. Here are this past weeks ups and downs:

Finding joy in God:

I’ve been doing the decade of the rosary almost every day. Missed only once.

I’ve been doing well in spending quiet time with the Lord; however, I need to push myself to get out of bed. Yep. I’ve been trying to do the 10 minutes as soon as I wake up before getting out of bed because it seems like my son has a radar and knows I’m up – even if we are several rooms apart! Then he’s up interrupting my prayer time. The problem is, though, that when I start to pray while in bed, I soon after fall into a daze. I don’t fall asleep but, zone out. Not good for prayer, is it?! Not sure about how to solve this quite yet. Any ideas?

I’ve made it to a daily mass once. It truly was the only day I could make it, so I’ll be satisfied to do that. Next week I’ll aim for twice a week and work my way up.

Finding joy in my husband:

My husband has been working late and tired, so date nights have been out of the question for now. I have been trying to say (authentic) nice things about him to him and not complain when he leaves the closet door open and his clothes lying around. It is such a small thing so I don’t know why I get so crazed that he leaves the closet door open, but I do!

Finding joy in my son:

I think I’ve been a bit more patient, but need to work on this more. “Why does it have to take 5-10 minutes to put on a shirt? Just put it on already and stop jumping around the room!” is an often repeated in a loud voice…

As for focused fun time, I haven’t sat and played a game with him this week; but, we had a weekend of activity during the 4th of July holiday. And yesterday (Wednesday) he was sick with a fever so I spent extra time cuddling and nurturing him. Thankfully it was a 24 hour thing and he’s better now!

Finding joy in self care.

Well, a couple of days after writing last week’s finding joy post I started menstruating. Not a good time for starting a diet and exercise plan due to the cramps and generally feeling yucky. I did try to watch what I ate and stretched a little bit. I’m going to put this goal in high gear in a few more days.

Finding joy in the home.

We are staying at my in-laws until we find a new place (long story), so my goal of creating a loving atmosphere is a bit limited. Will do little things when I can and go into high gear when we move into our new place.

As for accepting the imperfect, well, I have to do that whether I like it or not. 🙂 I’m theoretically closing my eyes to the “messes” or “imperfections” I see and keeping my mouth shut.

Little ways I’ve found joy this week.

Had such a blast visiting my cousin last Sunday. I hadn’t seen her in a long time and we all had a great day.

Had fun at my niece’s 8th grade graduation party. She’s about to be a high schooler now, wow!

Enjoyed some quiet time when my husband and son went to the beach for fireworks and bonding time July 4th evening.

Although my little guy was sick yesterday, it was nice to cuddle and have little conversations. He is so cute and sweet when he’s sick!

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


  1. Great post Enjoyed your list!
    Colleen…recently posted…God Changes HeartsMy Profile

  2. No reason for you to berate yourself. It sounds like you’re making progress, and the best way to view these things is as a gradual process, not an all-or-nothing matter. And you’re probably handling some of those things better than I would. So hang in there and keep up the good work! 🙂

    Evan…recently posted…Fr. Corapi UpdateMy Profile

  3. I recognize what you say about your son. They can do things in five seconds flat when they want to, but most of the time it’s like molasses in January. I have two of them that I struggle with that frustration. And you’re right, I also need to focus on the positive and not the annoyance.
    Kathleen@so much to say…recently posted…Sunday SnippetsMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      So glad I’m not alone with that! I am really trying not to lose my patience when he takes forever to dress, but it is so hard! LOL!

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