Simple Joys

The last few weeks have been especially hectic…



performance plans…

new campus development…


I’ll admit there have been days where I have wondered whether I can hang in there at this pace.  I’ve found that when I’m in these seasons I have to be even more intentional about the simple things that bring me joy.

Fresh flowers in the house…

A relaxing cup of tea…

Playing “ready, set, go” with Mick…

A hug from my husband…

What are some of the simple joys that you need in your life?

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  • tabitha October 14, 2008  

    a good book
    quiet time
    hot bubble bath
    hot tea
    my children giggling

  • Rindy Walton October 15, 2008  

    movie nights with my guys
    kayaking on a lake
    long walk with a friend
    early morning fresh air and quiet

  • jan owen October 15, 2008  

    Sometimes when it gets like that I need a morning to work at home – in a word I need a slower start and SPACE. I take a walk, work in my pjs for an hour or two and just generally retreat for a little bit at least. I still work, just in my own way. (us creative types are terribly stifled sitting in an office – it just shuts me down creatively)

    taking a walk
    talking to a friend
    a hot bath and a good, EASY book
    making some time for a small date with Phil
    sitting and talking with my children

    But seriously, a break from the office helps me more than anything. I am more productive.

    Care for yourself, my friend.

  • Cindy Beall October 15, 2008  

    Coffee on the back porch.

    Need to have my coffee on the back porch.

  • Travis Thompson October 15, 2008  

    taking my dog for a walk

    hanging out with my kids with nowhere to go, nothing to do

    a rainy Saturday where no one’s around and I’ve got a good book to read . . .

  • Dawn Nicole Baldwin October 15, 2008  

    Fresh flowers are huge for me. And reading…which, btw, yesterday afternoon’s productivity came to a screeching halt once I found Midnight Sun.

    So…THANKS. 😉

  • Carrie G October 15, 2008  

    On my drive into the office each day I make myself look at God’s beauty. The sunrise was gorgeous today. And this week you can see the beginning of the color change starting. Just some simple things that don’t take much but change my outlook…for awhile at least.

  • Jenni Catron October 15, 2008  

    Oh, yes! reading, long walks, and anything outdoors… a few of my favorite things!

  • mandy October 15, 2008  

    reading a Karen Kingsbury book

    being on the beach w/ my family

    drinking my morning coffee w/ hubby by my side

    fresh flowers

    a new seasonal candle. – just bought the pumpkin one


  • Mohan October 15, 2008  

    Getting up early Saturday morning and going for a Bike ride on the hills here in Brighton, England.

  • patrowland October 15, 2008  

    Walking the Beach with Mandy

    Morning Coffee on my front porch

    A quiet house & a noisy house

    Frozen Reese Cups or even better in Maggie Moos Better Batter ice cream

    An unplanned evening in with the family.

  • pcase October 15, 2008  

    Double dark chocolate from Marble Slab.

    Saturday morning sleep-in, then breakfast at Le Peep with my man.

    Open windows with breeze blowing through the house.

    A belly-laugh so hard that it hurts, with tears flowing.

    Hummmm. And just for fun, how about one of those new MacBooks under the Christmas tree. Just kidding. Ok, not.

  • Dad October 15, 2008  

    A nice relaxing motorcycle ride always does the trick.

    A long walk, especially this time a year, the leaves are beautiful this year.

    A quiet evening in the backyard by a camp fire.

  • Dwight October 15, 2008  

    I really appreciate this post, Jenni. Never have we needed “simple joys” ……as much as we do in this present age.

    Playing in the floor with our chocolate miniature dachshund, Maggie May. She can make stress disappear in a moment….

    A cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer…

    Watering the 7 flower beds in the late evening…

    Last, and greatest of all:
    Playing a beautiful worship CD with surround sound….ushering me into the throne room of Jesus….where I can rest my head against His bosom….

  • tam October 16, 2008  

    coffee (decaf…i know, whats the point?)
    hearing my family laugh

    oh. and clean floors

  • Lisa Ruggles October 17, 2008  

    Worship Music
    Hugs from my hubby
    Hugs from my kids
    Conversation with friends