JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 331 :: joy is friday, friday, friday

30 Nov

{rest} 

My body is tired but my heart is full. It’s a Friday night and the week is complete. It started with one visitor leaving and is ending with another one arriving. I love the revolving door and all it brings to us. What joy to have guests and loved ones. 

And what joy it is to know we can sleep in tomorrow! Sometimes Friday is all it takes to feel wonderous joy. 
 

Here’s to Friday, Friday, Friday. 

More tomorrow… 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 330 :: joy is travel

29 Nov


{home} 

I’m saying goodbye to Canada tonight as I head home to Boston. I find great joy in travel but I also find great joy in going home sweet home. 
 

Wheels up! 

More tomorrow… 
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 329 :: joy is newness

28 Nov


{seeing the new} 

Tonight I am in Toronto, for the first time ever. It’s a city I can cross off my list and a new adventure. I find great joy in the newness of life. So…. hello Toronto! You’re my new friend.
 

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 328 :: joy is seeing my girls

27 Nov

{virtual} 

Tonight my joy was seeing my girls – even though it was virtually it was worth it! There are so many miles between us but so many shared moments of love and laughter. Each time I see them it’s like no time has passed between the last visit, the last laugh, the last hugs. 
 

Joy is friendship and my friends are my joy. 

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 327 :: joy is popcorn

26 Nov


{pop pop pop} 

It’s Monday. So today my joy is simple. A handful of popcorn. It takes me back to the movie theater and the magical mystery of watching stories unfold. 

As I sit here tonight, eating my popcorn, thinking about what story Joy has unfolded for me this year, I am still a little baffled. So much has changed this year, losing our Pup and moving from west to east, and starting a new job. And, yet, so much joy has unfolded too. 

There have been some surprises too.

For one, I took a DNA test and found out I am 100% European. Which is only a surprise because I have been told my entire life that I am part Native American. Like a lot. The story goes that my grandmother was half Native American which should give me enough DNA to show up on a test. Instead, I find out that I am 64% British & Irish,11% French and German and 2% Eastern European, and .6% Scandinavian. Which leaves me 100% baffled.  

But, in some odd way, it also brings me great joy. It’s like having a front seat with a fistful of popcorn watching the story of my life and DNA unfold. 
 

Sometimes joy is a handful of popcorn, a mystery unfolding and a moment of joy.  

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 326 :: joy is a rest

25 Nov

{sunday, sunday} 

Sundays are for rest, rejuvenation, and around here, football. Today, it was a special day reserved for a little shopping and tree decorating and some Patriots. All very Christmas-y things for me.

But, last night I broke an ornament. So, today I bought a new one. It isn’t a replacement, really, it’s a substitution. It’s new. It’s shiny. I love it. Just like the old one.

The new ornament is a heart with angel wings in gold. It reminds me to focus on the joy of what we have, what we have lost and all the things that we have yet to know that we cannot possibly guess right now. 

And that is a lesson in joy. Sometimes, joy is just being with the now, right now. 
 

Today was a Sunday, which in so many ways is the place between the old and the new. 
And, right now, I’m trying to hold onto the joy of the weekend now before it too slips away into the new now.

Joy is a moment in time.

More tomorrow… 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 325 :: joy is a christmas tree

24 Nov

{douglas fir} 

Tonight joy arrived in the form a Christmas tree. A real, sappy, wonderful smelling Christmas tree. 

It’s the first real tree we have ever had and sits in direct contrast to the little fake tabletop one that was our holiday ornament of years past. It’s a Christmas tree, a real tree! And it brings me great joy and the fresh smell of memories.
 

Joy is a Christmas Tree, especially after not having one for so very long.
Merry, joyful Christmas season. 

More tomorrow… 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 324 :: joy is 32 days

23 Nov

{until christmas} 

Santa Claus is coming to town…  in 32 days. It’s officially the holiday season. Thanksgiving is over and with it so is this year coming to a close. What an amazing journey it has been so far. 

We have seen so many twists and turns, some of great joy (moving back to Patriot Nation) and others of great sorrow (saying goodbye to Nancy and Pup). As the year turns its final corner into the final month, I have to wonder what joy is waiting for us in the coming month?
 

Thirty-two days until Christmas. Thirty-eight days until the New Year. 
May each one be full of joy. 

More tomorrow… 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 323 :: joy is pie

22 Nov


{happy thanksgiving} 

If ever there is a night to think joy is pie, it is tonight. And, to add personalized mini pies to the mix including apple, pecan, pumpkin and cherry, well … that leaves us where we started.

Joy is pie.  
 

Happy Thanksgiving!

More tomorrow… 
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 322 :: joy is thanksgiving

21 Nov



{with loved ones} 

Thanksgiving is about gratitude and love. Tonight I find joy in seeing family, gatherings with food, and all the joy found in between a turkey and a pie. Tomorrow we eat, but I am already stuffed with joy. 
 

Here’s to the stuffings of life! 

More tomorrow… Lovemore,
Jamie

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