Resolving to Be Joyful


DAY32014 has begun and with a new year comes a new list of ideas in my head on how I will be better. Better at organizing, better at mothering, better at healthy eating . . . I could go on and on. This year, I am resolving to be more joyful. Currently, I am having a hard time balancing work and home and know that changes need to be made (that’s an entirely other post topic). In the meantime, I need to find the joy in the little moments each day. On January 1, 2014, I added two new parts to our family’s day that will be continuous for the entire year.

Day 1 began my project of a year in photos of my children. I had seen the idea through others online, but my project is a little different. I am not posting the pictures each day for others to see. Although in this post, I will share some with you, dear readers! The pictures are meant to be snapshots of our life each day so that I can have a reminder that we aren’t always rushing here and there, and there is joy to be found in the time between dinner and bedtime. And on December 31, 2014, I will have a nice little memento of a year in our lives.

For these photos I am only using my phone and not worrying about the perfect picture with smiles and eye contact with the camera. Simply snippets of my children doing the things they love. Baby B having his first taste of chocolate fondue. He is a chocoholic! My hard working Kindergartner reading her book-in-a-bag. The two of my loves engrossed in coloring while I cook dinner. I am already in love with these photos and have vowed not to forget a day! That is exactly why I am only using my phone on my camera so that no uploading is necessary, and I can add to my album right after I click. Check out the goodness that has already happened:


The other project that is making me smile is what we have chosen to do with our Christmas cards. This idea was given to me by a dear friend and I wasn’t prepared for how wonderful it makes my family feel to do it. Each night at dinner, we pick a card (sometimes 2 because each child usually wants to do the picking) and we say a special prayer for the family or person that sent it to us.

Just a few of the Christmas cards we received. I wonder who we will pick tonight!

I have included all the cards we received into our pile so it is not just our close friends and family, but the people from the community as well. One of the first nights, L picked the assistant teacher from her classroom. Such a great moment for her to reflect on someone that is a huge part of her day at school as we thought of what she might need prayers for. This new evening ritual has filled our hearts as we provide special time for many different people who are in our lives.

These are just the little ways I am reminding myself of what I have to be thankful for, especially on the days that I just want to stay in bed.

May you feel joy each day of this new year.


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Shannon has lived in Fairfield County, CT for most of her life and currently lives in Monroe. She has a daughter L (September, 2008) and a son B (May, 2012). Shannon balances being a wife and mom with working 186 days out of the year as a special education teacher. Thank goodness for vacations, summer break, and snow days! You can be sure that she fills those days with as many amazing activities and outings that she can think of to make up for the time that she is at work. In a distant life, way before babies, Shannon was an aspiring actress and musician. You can sometimes still find her leading sing-a-longs with her guitar at the kids’ playgroups or at her daughter’s school.


  1. These are both such wonderful ideas, Shannon. You got me right in the feels on this one. Stopping to enjoy a small moment in time and capturing it, savoring the feeling you felt right then and there, well I love that. And praying together as a family is a special bonding experience for sure. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks, Alicia. We are really getting into both activities. I love that L reminds me that we need to pick a card before we sit down to eat.

  2. Shannon, I love the idea of praying over the cards! I’ll have to pull ours back out again and see if I can make it a habit. Thank you for sharing!


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