7/28/08

Seize the joy


"A house does not have to be perfect to be a home of joy, a child does not have to behave perfectly to love and be loved, and every moment of life does not have to be perfect to be of value. Too often, I realize, we fail to see the glorious reality of the simple joy that abounds in the seemingly mundane routine of day-to-day living."
--Winnie Dalley

(“Seize the Joy!,” Ensign, Mar 1998)

14 comments:

  1. Wow, red chief really looks like you! We have toys scattered all over the house and wouldn't have it any other way.

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  2. So why is it so cute to see other people's kid's toys strewn everywhere? He looks like he is having such fun!

    I guess I won't start screaming about the mess at my feet. ☺

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  3. hahaha...now say that to yourself ten times after you've picked up the mess for the 100th time ;)

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  4. That's not even my couch that the yogurt is on :( It belongs to the company that is housing us here in WA. If this had been earlier in the stay I would've had a heart attack, like when the girls broke a lamp, Jeff broke a lamp, and when he broke 2 glasses, and when I broke a spatula. But now I've just decided to let that stress go instead of worrying all the time.
    Thank goodness the covers come off those couch cushions and I can wash them in the washing machine! No more yogurt!
    I really think Red Chief and Emily were meant for each other lol! They make messes that look the same and then like to squeeze their little bodies into anything that looks like a seat. :) Have a great day!

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  5. Perfect! I need that quote on my fridge.

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  6. Yip, that's pretty much my house on a dialy basis. Starts out and ends off tidy, but just half and hour of Phillipa and there you go, the toy box exploded again. Sigh.

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  7. That is a wonderful quote! I need to post it somewhere in my house where I can see it often:)ttfs

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  8. I have figured that it's not really necessary to "pick up" the "mess" so many times. Try to see it from your kids' points of view- they don't see a trashed house, they see fun. I might reorganize once in a while to start the fun over, but going crazy at the sight of things on the floor is not necessary in my house. I'd rather spend that energy elsewhere.

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  9. The the quote. The picture is great. It looks like my house after my son has been busy playing by himself while I have been cleaning up the rest of the house. :)

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  10. Mrs. M-
    Tag!
    The question is, what are your top five favorite youtubes. Hope you can participate.

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  11. Such perfect words. I totally need to keep them in mind the next time I'm stressing over the chaos that reigns supreme at my house. Thanks!!

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  12. I love the quote and the picture! So I should not stress so much about the fact that pretty much all the toys have been on the floor since...I don't know when?

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