Give {and Receive} Joy-in-a-box

joy in a box

Do you know someone who can use a little more JOY in their life?

Joy bookmarks

Can you?

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The winner of this giveaway will receive TWO Joy-in-a-box packages, one to keep, and one to pass on to another who is in need of JOY.

Joy one thousand gifts

Contents of each Joy-In-A-Box package:
* The printables from Ann Voskamp's post The Best Gift - {a JOY banner, bookmark, graphics to decorate a gratitude journal}
* One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

* Monthly Joy Dare printables {found at A Holy Experience}- for ideas on what to number as gifts
* Two Talks about gratitude - The Choice to be Grateful by Pres. Henry B. Eyring and Gratitude a Path to Happiness by Sister Bonnie D. Parkin
* Dove Chocolate
* a nest decoration made from this tutorial 
* this handmade bird's nest necklace 
* a blank journal from The Natural Paperie to decorate as a gratitude journal
* beautiful pens to write with using my pretty pen tutorial

* bookmarks from Lilac and Lavendar
* a perpetual calendar featuring Thankful verses of scripture
* A personalized music CD with uplifting music:
To enter please leave a comment telling me something that has brought you JOY today. Be sure to leave an e-mail address {spelled out is fine to avoid trolls} so I can contact you if you win.

114 comments :

  1. My almost 12-year-old son gave me joy today when I cut his hair and he didn't let out a sound. (usually haircuts are a screaming fest of "you're murdering me, is it done yet?, just stop!" as soon as the razor turns on. Then he cheered on his brother as he got his hair cut. :)
    thimbleluvr at hotmail dot com

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  2. Joy today would be my visiting teachers coming to visit --for 2 hours! Some would say that would be annoying, but today, I needed the conversation. It was lovely! happymeetscrazy at gmail dot com

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  3. My husband coming home unexpectedly early from work and helping me make dinner. terramdrake at hotmail dot com

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  4. Putting fresh, clean sheets on my bed, I love the smell! sheilajohnson at hotmail dot com

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  5. An email from my missionary, listening to the happy voices of my children laughing with their friends as they play games downstairs, A pizza hut delivery, hubby surprising me and picking up our daughter's bike after it was repaired, and a bit of uninterrupted knitting time. ahhhh, a truly joyful day!
    Renee
    daisy1282 at aol dot com

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  6. Seeing a friend that I haven't seen in weeks, talking and enjoying each others company. Helping another friend with her wedding and knowing I am relieving a little bit of stress.
    Shalese
    P.S. I LOVE your blog.

    shalesecordon9 at gmail dot com

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  7. You don't have to enter me in the drawing...
    I just wanted to say that truly...
    what brought me joy today...
    is knowing you.
    What a beautiful example of "joy in the journey" you are.

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  8. My mom called me and offered to take my children for a couple of days so I could gear up for my second year of homeschooling. I appreciate her willingness to help! kthaskins(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Having all of my children home! They have been going in many different directions all summer and today...we are one BIG (mostly) happy family! Now let's make some summer fun memories!!
    melissaharolds(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Being able to get in the shower mid morning while my three boys tidied, vacuumed, and unloaded the dishwasher! aimerbugs@ gmail dot com

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  11. My two year-old son yelling his eight month-old brother's name with a big smile on his face and then hugging him. :) It never gets old!

    thisisit4us (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. I don't need to be in the drawing, but I wanted to say I appreciate that you do things like this. I have good intentions that never seem to pan out. I should put something like this together for a few special people in my life.

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  13. Getting my 28 week labs done and baby sounding good.

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  14. Today I have found joy in being able to take my kids to the zoo with friends thanks to kindness from a friend willing to give us a ride. What is more was being able to hear her story of how the Lord has turned their hearts towards adoption. I also found joy in realizing almost all the items we needed for science this year were available "free" to me on paperbackswap.com. What a blessing.

    If I am lucky enough to win this, would you please give the second package away to someone else? I don't need it for myself but rather just for my friend. Her husband took his own life last week and she has two sweet girls to now care for without the aid of her best friend. She needs joy.

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  15. I love Joy! I think it's probably one of my favorite words! My son brings me joy everyday when I look at his face and see him smiling. Thank you for the chance.

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  16. Watching my two little boys, 3 and 1, laugh together brought me joy.

    bethhughes37 at gmail dot com

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  17. A joy for me today was picking and eating carrots from my garden! Also, I found joy as I read and studied this morning!
    Thank you for the wonderful ideas you share on your blog! I really look forward to reading your posts!
    erinropelato (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. As I type this I can hear my 3-year-old son in his bed, practicing his testimony for next Sunday. kenworthyb-at-gmail

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  19. My boys are super lucky to have cousins the same age, in the same city. Joy today was watching all 6 of them play the day away. AND, having a sister in law that is one of my best friends. Joy is having such an abundance of blessings.

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  20. Sweet open mouth kisses from my one year old.
    A basket full of matched socks (that I didn't have to pair.)
    Chocolate Chip Cookies made by my 4 year old boys and the sweet girl who watches over them while I work from home.

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  21. My four-year old granddaughter reminded here daddy to, "Listen to the Holy Ghost." -- Out of the mouths of babes! whitesilkpurse(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Checking our new books at the library always brings such joy to me and my children (followed by hours of reading joy!)
    janicelynnrichardson at gmail dot com

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  23. My joy came from listening to my son mastering a difficult hymn on the piano. "Now let us rejoice"! Also, Thank you for being such an inspiration and source of joy for me and my family!!!
    treeve74(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Going to the pool today with my four little kids to meet friends that we haven't seen for six weeks was a lot of fun and joyful. My kids LOVE the water and it was just such a nice summer day. Thank you for your wonderful blog! jennywhiting at gmail dot com

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  25. It brought me joy today to visit my husband's grandpa's cabin, play in the shady creek out back, and pick (and eat :) wild blackberries with our children.
    mlskyline5 at gmail dot com

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  26. Joy was rocking my toddler to sleep...a close second? Folding the newborn cloth diapers for our autumn arrival. wilfamatcableonedotnet

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  27. Joy is learning from those I visiting teach. I have a sister who is currently fighting cancer; what an awesome example she is. {I will be passing along my box of Joy if I win.}
    mlekeyesatgmaildotcom

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  28. My husband has been traveling a lot for the last several months and we had a family tragedy back in April. It has been hard with him gone so much...I found joy today when my sister and sisiter-in-law came over and we were able to visit for a short while! Thank you so much for your blog! I have been having a hard time staying inspired with homeschooling and just being a mom to many and you truly have lifted my spirits many times through your blog. brandigone at hotmail dot com

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  29. My sister and her kids are living with us while she gets back on her feet after a divorce. Today I came home to a joyful house and a delicious meal waiting. My sister brings me joy.

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  30. It brought me joy today to see my children so excited to "go hear the baby's heartbeat" at my 38 week OB appointment. What a great giveaway this is - thanks so much for your wonderful blog! staceylea at gmail dot com

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  31. What brought me joy today was reaching out to friends with a new and overwhelming assignment and immediately getting responses to help. Thanks. And then reading all things that gave other people joy today brought me even more. We are all so blessed. :) carriemharmon at gmail dot com

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  33. Firm tart plums and a daughter who helps me all she can. tonyandkelly20 at msn dot com

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  34. my great nephew feeding animal crackers to my dogs and saying each time: One for you hunny, one for you hunny and running around being so excited to see my dogs when he saw them the first time. Beckyrose@ hotmail.com

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  37. Today, my one-year old had to have a medical test and had to fast for 2 hours prior. When I got to the hospital, they told me the test was at a different hospital, and could be rescheduled for later in the day. After 4 1/2 hours of fasting, you can imagine how he felt. The sweet x-ray tech found some bubbles and helped my little guy be distracted until the test could be done. My other son also began to smile and relax. I feel so grateful for the tech's thoughtfulness and concern for my very sad little one today.
    marchant_m at yahoo dot com

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  38. Lying on my back after dinner while the kids ran around playing their musical instruments brought me joy today. Really, anytime my children play together is a joyful time. Thanks Cocoa!

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  39. Oops, forgot to include my email address:

    shaunadeehrest at gmail dot com

    And reading others' joy was nice too. :)

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  40. I found joy in watching my children play with their cousins on the lawn on a beautiful summer evening. eschaumann at mac dot com

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  41. Today I watched my 7 year old Jane go down the 'scary' slide at the pool. She's been talking about it for a year and was finally tall enough. She beamed when she came out of the water and so did I :)

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  42. Sorry that's agrenk at gmail

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  43. A dear couple standing on my front porch delivering a bowl of caramel corn for our FHE treat taking away our anxiety, but for a moment, over our 17-year old son's brain tumor which will be removed tomorrow. Oh the power of a small and simple act of love toward a neighbor to bring some joy to another! ahandrizzi at gmail dot com

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  44. Today I found new insights in scripture study and am eager to continue to look for more examples.
    My sister-in-law has terminal cancer and I was able to visit with her by phone. I was hoping to lift her spirits, and came away with new love and appreciation for her and for my brother for the care he so graciously gives her. She literally finds joy in waking up each day! She is an example of how to savor the little things we often take for granted.
    I've been sewing a dress for a little granddaughter and am delighted with how totally cute it is going to be! She LOVES to wear dresses, and I can see her twirling to make the skirt 'be big'!
    Thank you for the shared joys from your blog and from the comments.
    maggiesown at sisna dot com.

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  45. Hearing my little girls shout "Don't eat Pete" as they played game for FHE.

    A new insight from a familiar scripture reminding me of my individual worth.

    petenvern at gmail dot com

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  46. Walking through my house this morning and being overwhelmed with love for my family, gratitude for all our blessings and resources, and awe at the difference the gospel makes in my life. It brought tears to my eyes. This moment came on so unexpectedly. So thankful for it.
    Mauri.nelson@gmail.com

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  47. Today it brought me joy to make cream puffs for my daughter's upcoming wedding reception. I'm so happy she is happy and for the wonderful son-in-law we are gaining. I couldn't have picked a better man for her! balzers@havilandtelco.com

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  48. Having my 10 year old son volunteer to help make dinner.
    kathy at cccomm dot net

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  50. Having my beautiful 14 year old daughter try to sneak upstairs, after being snubbed by her older brother, so I wouldn't see her cry - and having her sit on my lap so I could rock her for a little while and kiss her tears away. She always tries to be so brave, and she has a very big and generous heart most of the time. dcktaylor@ubtanet.com

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  51. making a big 'ol fort in the living room with my kids - ages 6, 4, 3, and 1. :)
    kimberlitripp at gmail dot com

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  52. Today my soon-to-be-a-missionary son set up an appointment to get his temple recommend. JOY!
    woodruffboys@gmail.com

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  53. taking a shower that was uninterrupted(for 8 minutes) while my 4(ages 8-4) little kiddos made a picnic lunch in the living room!
    Thanks!
    Jill
    www.campfunk.blogspot.com
    funk50@charter.net

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  54. My daughter sent me a text that read: There will be so many times you feel like you've failed, but in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you are SUPER MOM. [a quote by Stephanie Precourt] It MADE MY DAY and brought more joy than you can imagine.
    Mickle

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  55. OH, here is my email address: mklmac.kay@gmail.com
    Mickle

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  56. My joy: hearing my children wake up happy.

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  57. To hear the sounds of laughter in our home again...its the sign of broken hearts being mended and life returning to a new normal...flyinjill at hotmail dot com.

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  58. Cuddling in bed with my favorite people: my sweet husband and darling 6-month old. I love my life as a wife and mother!

    lewilisa at gmail dot com

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  59. Kissing my husband goodbye. I won't get to see him until after dinner tonight.

    cowpoke22 at yahoo dot com

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  60. Being home! We were away camping all last week, which was nice, but being back home again is even nicer. I love where we live.

    raisin3cookies at yahoo dot co dot uk

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  61. Eating leftover Cadbury mini chocolate eggs. (The unopened bag was on the bottom shelf of the pantry.) Nothing like remembering the sweetness of the Atonement with Easter candy in July, especially when it is HUGE part of my life. Without Christ there is no Joy in my Journey.
    srsyphrett at gmail dot com

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  62. My 4 month old finally falling asleep on me so I could finish my daily personal scripture study.

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  63. Waking up next to my six year old boy. kerr6@comcast.net

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  64. I found joy today in my faith and testimony. I can keep going because of it. I have a greater perspective because of it. lybbert dot julie at gmail dot com

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  65. This morning, my 12 year old Darling Helper took over with the littles and got breakfast so I could sleep in and get over a week long cold. Happiness exudes!!! jogigug@juno.com

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  66. My son giving me kisses and saying "uv you!" Will be making zucchini bread later which is sure to bring joy, too! awhatcott at hotmail.com

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  67. My husband unexpectedly showed up at my oncologist's appointment. He knows how anxious I get when I am there and it was a wonderful joyful surprise. Dnnhuberatcomcastdot net

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  68. Sleeping through the night for the first time in a very long time! sadiegrout(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. A few things have given me joy today: Watching my daughter board the plane and take off to visit her grandparents! Having breakfast with my hubby. Coming home to an almost clean house.

    Congratulations!

    And What a Beautiful Giveaway!

    anabidia @ yahoo dot com

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  70. What a wonderful giveaway, thank you! :) Today my joy is in the rain (ironically shortly after having watered the garden) ... but it brings a wonderful break from the heat of this summer with no a/c ... and for the excited squeals of my 18 month old dancing in the rain. :)

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  71. My children willingly doing their chores! (this will bring me joy in the days to come when they are not so willing :))

    cat6niv at yahoo dot com

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  72. My joy today was in just "stopping to smell the flowers" - roses, actually. My life is so full and stressful that sometimes it seems to just fly by without me knowing it. And then my sweet friend just started chemo yesterday...now I just want to find the joy in everyday and savor the moments...

    crobug@gmail.com

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  73. Getting up to an empty dishwasher... kids got busy on their chores first thing. Days like that are always great. amerilla75 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  74. My husband took my 3 boys all day so I could have a nice relaxing day at the temple. Both of those things bring me joy!

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  75. My 15 year old daughter not having a complete meltdown when we found out she would be getting brother #5 instead of a sister. Then she played games with her brothers instead of locking herself in her room. olson.heather1 at gmail dot com

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  76. Joy is having all of my family home after they've all been living away from home!ssjjwag(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. Finding out my sweet uncle, sent a letter to my estranged brother asking him to come back to our family. I hope it works.
    chalenemcgrath at yahoo dot com

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  78. One thing that really brought me joy today was cooking dinner with my daughter. She loves to cook and I am so glad! I am so glad we can do that together! (Oh and I snuck in a quick nap too.)

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  79. Oh and my email is corncrop92 at hotmail dot com

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  80. I got to spend the day with a dear friend who has been away all summer. It was so nice to see her again, even with all of the little ones running around crazy under our feet.

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  81. My one-year-old's giggles and cute words. booths25 at gmail dot com

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  83. I do daycare. Today the 7yo girl picked up the entire room without being asked! That brings me joy with a wide grin that doesn't go away.
    brunerjj at gmail dot com

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  84. Today I was able to Skype with my daughter, her husband and my granddaughter who moved to Japan recently. So thankful for technology!

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  85. Finding that the flood in our house missed my musical instruments and all of my truly important belongings. kerstinthornton [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  86. Talking with friends about the challenges we each face, and knowing we love and support each other. We're all at different stages of life- the different perspectives of the more mature friends are great. Challenges haven't changed, but I felt they weren't so big when I came back to face them. lesliewhitlock at hotmail dot com

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  87. I think that finding a humorous way to blog about situations that were making me anxious really helped me find some joy. That and knowing a friend is enjoying a package I had fun putting together :)

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  88. Joy is my boy's sweet kisses and smiles when I wake up in the morning :)

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  89. Seeing cousins playing joyously together who have been apart far too long brought me great joy today. jessicak33 at gmail dot com

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  90. Joy is listening to siblings playing together and having fun. No fighting.:) Joy is spending a week with beautiful young ladies who teach me things I should do. And Joy is having a husband that has been so helpful with little things around the house.

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  91. My biggest joy today will be hearing that my 18 yo son makes it safe and sound at basic training! Miss him lots already but proud of his choice to serve in the military.
    kassie(dot)welch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  92. My greatest joy today was hearing the heartbeat of the precious child I am blessed to be carrying!

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  93. My greatest joy today was an email from my "only gone three weeks" missionary and playing Uno with his little brothers who sorely miss the "big". The two are actually one joy because the youngers remind me of the joy of raising the older to this point in his life.

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  94. oops forgot the email for the above comment runmom4@yahoo.com Brain cramp!

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  95. I meant to enter this giveaway Monday when I received it, but time got away from me. I understand if it is closed but I wanted to share my days joy anyway. My greatest joy today came from the hug I received from my 20 year old son. We have had a trying year and a half with him and the decision he made not to accept his mission call hurt, but we have been trying to understand. Today he gave me a hug outside the housing office of our local college he will be attending in a few weeks. It felt like it said, "thanks for understanding and helping me mom." It meant a lot to me.

    Thanks for letting me share. Lisa

    lafingkids at gmail dot com

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  96. My Joy today was watching my kids pick Raspberries together. They seemed so content just having a conversation with one another with out an ill word. It was just beautiful to me watching them work together.

    Andre'a
    ems_mom99 at yahoo dot com

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  97. My joy today is my first online sale! And that I have a supportive husband who shipped it for me since I'm out of town. I'm also joyful that the kids and I are having a ball at Grandma's house. Thanks for spreading the joy :)

    Amber: ajpassey at gmail dot com

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  98. Recovering all my photos and files (but especially the photos!) off of a crashed computer today brought me tremendous joy! thehummers at yahoo dot com

    By the way, your blog brings me joy and inspiration every time I read it. Thank you!

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  99. Watching my daughter take two steps toward me, two steps that we've long awaited, brought me joy today.

    Danielle- dillyann at gmail dot com

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  100. Visiting with an elderly friend and hearing some of her personal and family history brought me joy today. Thanks for asking!

    ktcorpron at gmail dot com

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  101. Watching the tenderness of one of my sons to the baby. Tommy got his brother some juice and got him out of bed and sat with him telling him stories.

    peachylg at yahoo do com

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  102. Watching the tenderness of one of my sons to the baby. Tommy got his brother some juice and got him out of bed and sat with him telling him stories.

    peachylg at yahoo do com

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  104. Writing a letter to my son's birthmother this morning brought a little joy to my day. I love that I have someone to share all the small things about that make me happy by watching my son learn and grow and she be just as delighted with every little detail. :)

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  105. Watching my boys at the closing of Bible school this evening! They had such a wonderful fun-filled week making new friends and learning about God!

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  106. Nursing my two month old little boy. Just a bit of heaven.

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  107. Watching my kids play together and enjoy each other's company. Holding hands with my husband. Such joy.

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  108. Watching my little girls be sisters. I always wanted one of my own but watching them is almost as much fun.

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  109. My little four-year-old boy giving me his tightest hug and saying, "I'm never gonna let you go!" My nine year old son crawling around on the floor, laughing and chasing his baby sister. My seven-year-old daughter writing every family member a love note for them to find in the morning. My husband singing our kids lullabyes in his tone-deaf way I don't think any one else could match.

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  110. Oh, and my (utahna's) email is utahnaalbright at gmail
    dot com

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  111. mauri.nelson@gmail.com

    Joy today was remembering that I love being with my kids WHILE I was actually with them---and they were awake! It filled my heart. What a blessing!

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  112. Seeing my kids play happily together - it just warms my heart. brookelynn825 at yahoo dot com

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  113. Having my mother, Leona, here to celebrate Grandparents day with my six year old son brought me much joy today! My mother recently had a heart issue after a minor outpatient surgery for her sinus's and i thank GOD that she is still here with us.

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Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done. ☺ There, don't you feel better?

Please leave a comment! I enjoy hearing your thoughts, whether you agree with me or not. If we all agreed on everything how boring would that be? Worse than eating white chocolate, because it's fake. So be real, be yourself.