Monday, August 31, 2009

30 Days of Happiness :: Day 1

Fellow bloggers and friends, Caren at Bottomland and Kelcey at SweetMess have chosen to notice and record happiness in their daily lives for thirty days.

While enjoying their efforts, I thought, quite grimly, that I could never do this; thinking I could not find daily "happiness" for thirty straight days.

This is a terrible thought, truthful, but terrible and not the person I want to be!

Surely, surely, I am not so un- happy that I can't find one bit of joy to share daily? Reflecting on recent day's events, I searched for the happy moment that I would share if I took this challenge... and lo and behold! I am unhappy!

I would not say that I am depressed or that my life is so terrible in anyway. Neither would I say that it is filled to overflowing with happy, joyous moments. Lately, I guess I do feel stymied and stifled; discontented and frustrated most of the time.

As I said, this is not the person that I want to be nor, indeed, as follower of Christ, should be. I would like to change my perspective, quit staring down the mountains of worries and turn back towards the goodness that permeates my life by way of simply being alive, clothed, fed and sheltered. Isn't that enough to be happy about?

(Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. ~ 1 tim. 6:6-8)

It is because I could use a bit of eye-opening about the happiness that my daily life contains, that I am going to participate in 30 Days of Happiness, too.

Day One:
Starting small and obvious....

Grocery Shopping Complete!

This DOES make me happy!
The work of shopping with little ones is done,
the fridge is full,
and meals for my family are assured,
for at least another week.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Craggy Gardens

Late Summer brings another reason to step out into the beautiful mountains that surround us here in Western North Carolina and explore. A delicious reason: wild blueberries are in season! Who can resist their siren call?

Today we traveled up to Craggy Gardens: one of many, many places to pick the juicy beauties along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Craggy is a very popular spot in season, a bit too popular for our taste, but we choose Craggy because of the relative ease of the hiking.

The hike to the summit of Craggy Pinnacle and back is about 1.5 miles with a plethora of blueberry bushes just off the trail. Not to mention the stunning panoramic views at the summit. We wanted Elijah to have the satisfaction of making it to the top and back all on his own two feet and he did!

The temperature is about 10 degrees cooler up there and since it was a partially cloudy day we had the lovely experience of seeing and feeling the clouds, literally, surround us on the summit. So refreshing!

With the constant renovations, sometimes we forget to take time to step away from the work and enjoy God's Creation together as a family. I am so glad that we did just that today.

Saturday, August 15, 2009