i am choosing joy today

The flood of advice, support, encouragement, and best of all, LOVE from yesterday’s post was nothing short of therapeutic. I am deeply thankful for every one of your comments. I read each comment more than once. You are actively helping me, guiding me, to find understanding and peace in all of the madness.

Thank you.

I have had an exceptionally idyllic afternoon ripe with kisses, trees, grass, sand, water, babies, sunshine and fresh fruit. Now Emile and Giovanna are both sleeping at the same time (a rare occurrence). And I feel good. Relaxed. Tired, but content. Happy. And best of all, loved. By James, Giovanna, and Emile.

Around lunchtime today (in the midst of an unusually short-lived bad mood), I got an email from my mother with the following text:

“I am choosing heaven today, I am walking the road of heaven right now. I am choosing heaven today. I am choosing joy today. I am choosing joy today. I am walking the road of joy right now. I am choosing joy today. I am choosing peace. I am choosing.


We can also choose resentment and walk the road of resentment right now. We can walk the road of regret right now. We can walk the road of anxiety or worry or fear. We get to choose. That is God’s gift to us.”

Read it again. Really read it, believe it, feel it.
Do you feel better?

Today I am going to leave you with a picture of my husband. Cooking dinner like a good man. I had to record this monumental event. Just kidding. Usually I don’t let him cook dinner because I am a control freak and I don’t think he cooks healthy enough. 
Tonight, he insisted. I’m letting myself relax and it feels good.
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