Friday, December 23, 2011

the *joy* alert: december 23

Driving, driving, driving....that's how we spent most of our day.  A bag of baby carrots and my trusty mp3 player were my friends during my night shifts (while the rest of the family was snoring). 

We arrived in Indy around 1:30 pm.  We went straight to the hospital to see Mark's mom.  Today she was released to a rehab center.  We stayed with her and other family members until the ambulance came to take her to her new place around 4:00.

Then on to my parents where we will be staying.  We had a nice supper and fun catching-up.  I found my bag of wet laundry and got it in my mom's dryer, you'll be glad to know.  We unpacked the van.  Mark and Sam went to visit with JOYce in her new spot.  Two little boys are squeaky clean and about ready for bed, and I'm looking forward to closing my eyes as well. 

*Joy* Alert: We are so glad to be here!  So thankful to be with family.  So grateful to be here with Mark's mom during her difficult time.  JOY!

This month, I am joining my friend,Sarah Jane, in writing daily about things that bring joy during this lovely, peaceful holiday season. 
joy in the season
I saw a GAP ad the other day that I shamelessly "borrowed" for my titles this coming month. Ironically, if I can stay out of the GAP and other such places, I will most definitely be more alert to what brings REAL, lasting joy.

the joy alert: 22 december

Goal:  leave Rue Chavigneau at 5:00 PM
Reality:  departure was 6:30 PM

Turns out updating the blog at midnight was NOT more important than doing laundry.  I figured that out when I stuffed a load of washed, but still quite wet laundry into a garbage bag and asked Mark to pack it in the car.

Craziness reigned at our house this day. Preparing treats (cookies and hot chocolate for Jack's class and a lunch and candy for Joel), finishing and delivering neighbors' gifts, cleaning (friends will be staying in our house while we are gone), and packing.  On top of that, Mark had a lot of phone calls to make to try to work out an insurance snafu for his mom. It all got worked out in the end, but that, plus news that she had had a very bad night was quite stressful. 

*Joy* Alert: JOY is being the last one in the house after one last check, taking a satisfied peek of the CLEAN house through the door while putting the key in the lock, breathing a sigh of relief that everything got done (except that darn laundry), and joining the family for a long car ride home!

This month, I am joining my friend,Sarah Jane, in writing daily about things that bring joy during this lovely, peaceful holiday season. 
joy in the season
I saw a GAP ad the other day that I shamelessly "borrowed" for my titles this coming month. Ironically, if I can stay out of the GAP and other such places, I will most definitely be more alert to what brings REAL, lasting joy.