More Joy

(Written on Tuesday February 12th, 2019)

This is how I feel when my favorite song comes on our old school boombox.
Photo by Peter Conlan on Unsplash

One of my goals almost every day is to have more fun and playful moments. However, the roles of wife and mom require many daily tasks that can quickly steal joy and energy until the well is dry. I don’t claim to have a quick answer to this problem. But personally, I have learned a few things that help me have more joy left:

  • Running before everyone is awake.
  • Saying no to my children when I start to feel overwhelmed, over touched, and over talked at.
  • Letting my kids be kids more, and worrying less about what others think in public. (example: When my kids were giggling very loud today on the trolley and some people seemed annoyed, I said nothing. If the laughter of children bothers you I have don’t have an answer for you).
  • Giving my husband my best when he gets home and telling the kids no.

So today I had fun. I rode a scooter with my daughter on the way to pick up my son. I went on the swings with my daughter and went as high as I could. I danced with the kids in the kitchen while cooking their favorite dinner. I laughed very hard when my son made up the term “prayer bomb” for interrupting my prayer, much like a “photo bomb.”

It felt good to have joy left today. The house may be slightly messier than other days–but the joy is worth it.