My 2021 Joy Dare- Week 5


Good evening everyone. I hope you have had a joy filled week! I cannot believe that we are in week of this year’s Joy Dare! This year is already flying by so quickly and I don’t know about you but last month with my theme of Intentional Gratitude I found myself growing leaps and bounds.

This month’s theme is Intentional Love and I will have posts. based on that but for right now let’s just into. what we are thankful for this week.


January 29- February 4th

January 29th- A Song heard, a soft word, and a light seen
  • A song heard- actually many songs heard- it brings me great joy to see and hear our kids singing their hearts out for Jesus. Such Joy in their hearts. I appreciate the lyrics that are being embedded on their hearts
  • A soft word- early morning conversations with Ron as we get ready for our day
  • A light seen- the ever so faint of a glimmer of morning kissing the oh-so-black sky
January 30th- 3 old things seen new
  • A stack of picture frames ready to be repurposed into new
  • Old jeans ready to be used for new projects, specifically a hanging organizer for the craft room
  • Old wood ready to be repurposed for a room remodel
January 31- A gift on paper, in person and in a picture
  • On Paper- A card sent my a dear friend to encourage and make me laugh
  • In Person- seeing our teens back in Youth Group- it’s such a gift.
  • In pictures- The pictures that pop up in our facebook memories: toothless kiddos, quotes from Faith Giants spurring on from heaven, verses of encouragement, and funny pictures to make us chuckle.
February 1- 3 Gifts Red
  • a Beautifully hand painted Red Cardinal Card from a good friend
  • 2 red Scarves both gifts from friends that keep me cozy on cold winter days
  • two frogs and a sloth gifted to me by my hubby with big red bows on them
February 2nd- 3 Gifts found on Paper
  • An artist print hanging on the wall in the doctors office
  • Get well cards pinned on my inboard written with words of encouragement and love
  • Countless journals of a life lived relying on Jesus
February 3rd- 3 Gifts found in writing
  • God’s Word- all of it
  • Goals written down- reminds me of my purpose.
  • Words found in comments on my blog encouraging me to keep going.
February 4th- 3 Gifts when bent down (I’m going to give you five)
  • Mia
  • Tia
  • Rosie
  • Nugget
  • Daisy

These are our 5 current fur babies which are such a HUGE blessing to our family!

And there you have it another week of the Joy Dare. to learn more about the Joy Dare you Can check out Ann Voskamp’s website here.

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My Joy Dare- Week 3


Hey everyone, welcome to week 3 of the Joy Dare. thanks for joining me on this journey. As I have been striving to be intentional with my gratitude over the last few years it has really changed my responses to some of the daily struggles in life! U have thoroughly enjoyed this challenging process.. You can join in be checking out Ann Voskamp’s website here.


Let’s jump into this weeks dare!

January 15th-21st

January 15th A gift worn, given away, Shared
  • worn- Comfy PJ’s gifted to me by my hubby.
  • given away-Reverse advent calendar over December with our kiddos
  • Shared- art supplies with the kiddos watching them explore their talents
January 16th- 3 witnessed blessings
  • smiles on teenagers faces in a few minutes of crazy fun!
  • sweet conversations with our two oldest kiddos after a youth even complete with their observations and hearing their hearts – I am. proud to be their mom!
  • watching our kids make connections with God’s word- Specifically T’s observation about the churches talked about in Revelation.
January 17th- A gift bringing laughter, prayer and quiet
  • Laughter- a funny picture from a facebook memory
  • Prayer- Friends needs- knowing that each one of us trusts each other
  • quiet- the moments after coming home from church

January 18th- 3 Gifts from God’s Word

  • Psalm 121:1- My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (NIV)
  • 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (NIV)
  • Romans. 8: 35-39 –

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future,nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)

These are all verses and passages that I have been working through that I have called “WHAT I KNOW. …” We will be talking about these over the next month or so.

January 19th- 3 Gifts that might never have been

(I actually you will give you 5!!). I count each one of these amazing people as huge gifts in my life!

  • T- oldest son
  • K- Only daughter
  • J- middle son
  • S- youngest son
  • HUBBY!!
January 20th- 3 gifts only seen close up
  • Cells under a microscope- 5th grade science is amazing
  • Jewelry- looking at it closely helps you to see its beauty and intricacy and the ability of the the jewelry makers
  • quilts- especially the intricate top stitches – we have a beautiful quilt hubby’s grandma (Mimi) made for us when we got married. Mimi has since gone to heaven but the quilt is the daily reminder of her love for us. The topstitches she these amazing hearts that are all connected!

January 21st- A gift in the sky, water, memory

  • Sky- the sunshine- it’s been scare as of late
  • water- some of my favorite animals reside in the water- FROGS!! As a kid I was all about. dolphins, manatees, seal, sea lions, walruses and whales. or and SEA TURTLES!
  • memory- it’s funny because there have been a few times of late there have been memories from my childhood slipped into my mind and made me smile. and then they slipped away. Just the idea of having a memory of a good thing in the past is a treasure because some don’t have that!

We will see you back here NEXT Thursday!

My 2021 Joy Dare -week 2


Hey Welcome back to this weeks Joy Dare post. so glad you are here. Let’s jump in.


January 8th- 14th 2021

January 8th- Dusky Light,, Surprising Reflection, Lovely Shadow
  • Dusky Light-the bright crispness of the snow under moonlight.
  • Surprising Reflection- seeing our children hearts reflected back in how the serve God and others
  • Lovely Shadow- The cat sitting watching the Christmas tree lights in the dark
January 9th- Held, Passed By, Set With
  • Held- Miss Mia (one of our twin orange Tabby Cat) She is such a sweet and cuddly cat.
  • Passed By- lots of craft supplies as I packed a box for a friend
  • Sat with- I enjoy just sitting with hubby. It’s one of my favorite things
January 10th- Sour, sweet, and Just right
  • Sour- Cranberry juice- helping my kidneys and bladder
  • Sweet- Christmas Treats hidden away for just the right time
  • Just right-Chocolate covered pretzels or salted caramels
January 11th- 3 Yellow gifts of fresh mercy
  • A painting a friend did for me of purple and yellow tulips with my favorite hymn printed on it.
  • A Christmas Cactus given to me by my church family while I have been recovering . Its wrapped in a very cheerful yellowy gold foil!
  • I have a cute yellow and black stuffed poison dart frog named Charlie gifted to me by one of my kiddos.
January 12th- Something Above, Below and Beside
  • Above- lights, I am so thankful for bright lights I can see to the best of my abilities
  • Below- sleeping puppies with sweet snores at my feet- ok so they aren’t REALLY puppies!
  • Beside- my hubby who has done a marvelous job taking care of me
January 13th- 3 Things about me. (This one was tough)
  • my creativity- Thank you Lord for fostering my creativity through my hubby encouragement
  • my small hands- so I can get them into tight places
  • My spiritual gifts- I am so grateful for them so I can serve God for His glory

January 14th- 3 Startling graces of God

  • Seeing God use something that just happened in your life to help someone else
  • Watching God take something horrible and transform someone
  • seeing yourself in God’s word specifically something I need to work on

Want to join me on this Joy Dare, Check out Ann Voskamp’s website for more details by clicking here.