My New Happy: What Brings Me Joy This Holiday

Monday, December 10, 2018

What Brings Me Joy This Holiday

Happy Monday, blog world friends!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to share what brings me joy this holiday season.

I thought and thought about what I wanted to say.  I'm very blessed, and there are endless things that bring me joy.  But the one that kept coming around today was...time.

This will be my 51st Christmas.  51!!! That's a whole lot of trimming the tree, eating all the cookies, wrapping and unwrapping presents, waiting for Santa Claus, and love.  Mostly love.

I'm joyful when I think back on all the holiday memories.  I miss the ones I've lost, but feel joy for the time we got to share.  And joyful for a little more time with those that are still here.  I'm looking at you, Grandpa Ed.

Time with my boys makes me so joyful, although maybe there's a touch of sadness.  Conner spent Thanksgiving with his girlfriend in another state, and I realized that the time for our little family of four's Christmas chapter is coming to a close.  Before I know it there will be in laws and grandchildren, bringing more joy, and hopefully lots more time.

A whole different kind of time with my husband makes me especially joyful.  We're making new holiday traditions with just the two of us, and it's exciting to think about where time will take us now that there's more, well, time.

What brings you joy this holiday season?  Hope over to The Blended Blog and link up with us!


  1. It is always changing, but that's a good thing. Just think of all the fun that's in store!!

  2. Yep, my boys, my husband, memo and giving all I can to others brings me so much JOY! We are often loosing the time with the boys to girls now....Boo!

  3. Awww, sweet friend! So much change, but yes to looking back at the memories with joyful hearts. And you are always invited to spend Christmas at my house! :) Would love to have you guys, hehe. Love you!

  4. My family is dealing with this as well as my sister and her unit are out in Colorado while I now have Justin's family to see in Michigan. It's hard but it is fun to make new traditions!

  5. Time is always changing, especially I am sure with both boys out of the house now it is changing even more! But, there is a lot of really good times to be had and lots of really exciting changes for the future! And, it is nice you're making new traditions with your husband!! :)


  6. oh Lana, how sweet. I am realizing that soon my boys will move on too and that will be so weird. Is it wrong that I want them to marry girls with no families??? It's awful I know but I am just adjusting to the fact that they aren't here every night and I'm not sure I can handle anything else!!

  7. Sometimes it would be nice to slow down time just a bit wouldn't it? You certainly have the right attitude though by looking forward to making new traditions.

  8. Family is definitely my number one joyous thing, too! You are blessed with such handsome men in your life, Lana!

  9. Life is definitely different as an empty-nester. Not bad...just different. You are blessed, friend!

  10. I love that you are making new traditions with your husband and your boys will soon be making traditions of their own!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  11. All I can say is.. Yeah. It all comes back to us, I think. We now go back to my parents' farm for Christmas and we ALL go. So like you said - kids and grandkids and in-laws, oh my!


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