Wednesday, November 16, 2011

i've been away from the blog for a bit...

Did ya notice that I haven't been around lately? Well on the blog that is...

I've been having fun plannin and puttin on a Pre-Holiday Fall Social for the women at our church...
Finding Joy Invitation

I thought I'd share a few pics from our evening last night. It took place in the Church Gymnasium, so pardon the color of the pics... Hard to get good pics in gym lighting...

The "theme" for the evening was; "finding joy in all seasons of life"... We decorated in Browns, Golds, and Greens...


My sister and friends helped with set up and I think it turned out fantastic! All the decorations came from our homes and yards...


The Serving dishes were a combined effort too...


After having had to be tested, tested, and tested again.... I try to be a little more aware of different food needs... So I made sure to have some Sugar Free and Gluten Free goodies too...


I baked and frosted 150 mini cupcakes! I {LOVE} mini cupcakes.... And I love my sister's tiered stand to display them in...


The food turned out awesome! Many wonderful helping hands prepared it and I am so grateful for all their help. We had: Meatballs, Little Smokies, Cocktail Tuna sandwiches, Chicken sandwiches and Cucumber sandwiches. Mexican Tortilla Wrap Bites, Crackers n Cheese...



Veggie and Ranch cups...


And one of my favorites.... Tortellini Salad on a Stick!


Little mini Fruit Kabobs...


Mini Chocolate Indulgence Parfaits...


And Sour Cream Lemon Parfaits...


Oh...and Sparkling Cider {of course}


We closed the night with a DVD presentation of the Parable of the Pear Tree {I put together the DVD myself, with photos I have taken over the years and the story/poem/parable you can find at the bottom of this post... I am unable to share the DVD... Sorry.. }... 

Thus the pears in the invites, decor and handouts...


Silverware Bundles in little paper sacks tied with muslin...


And a little handout for everyone.... a bookmark

The bookmark said:

Let us relish life as we live it.... and find joy in the journey... President Thomas S. Monson

Find JOY in every season

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven... Eccl. 3:1

We had a great conversation {about 40-50 women} about finding Joy in every season of your life.

We asked 6 ladies to be on a panel answering some pre-written questions and then opening up to the audience for any comments.

Some of the questions were:
What brings you the most joy in this season of your life?

What are some things you are learning during this season of your life?

How is this season of your life different than you thought it would be?

I'm kinda sad it's over. It was loads of fun preparing for the night, and a wonderful evening with some wonderful women.

The Parable of the Pear Tree 
(adapted from various poems/stories of the Pear Tree,  found on the internet) 

There was a man who had four sons
He wanted his sons to learn a valuable lesson - so he sent them each on a quest.
In turn, to go and observe a single Pear Tree
Each son traveled to the Pear Tree, each son in a different Season...

The first son traveled to see the tree in the Winter
The second son in Spring
The third son in Summer
The fourth son in Fall

When they had all returned from their travels, he called them together to each describe what they had seen...

The first son said the tree was ugly, bent, old and gnarled. Not much use to anyone...

The second son said it was covered in green buds and full of promise...

The third son disagreed; he said it was full of blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful. The tree was the most graceful thing he'd ever seen....

The last son disagreed with all of them. He said it was ripe and dropping with fruit. Full of life and fulfillment...

The father then explained to his sons that they were each right, because each had witnessed only one Season in the tree's life
He told them you cannot judge a tree or a person by only one season...
Not all things are possible in all seasons.  Joy comes from recognizing and appreciating the challenges and opportunities in each Season of Life... 


If you give up when it's Winter...
you will miss the promise of Spring...
the beauty of your Summer...
and the fulfillment of your Fall...

Don't let the pain of one Season
destroy the JOY of all the rest....

Take time each day to discover how beautiful your season can be...

Let us relish life as we live it and find Joy in the Journey - Pres. Thomas S. Monson

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven... Eccl.3:1

To View the Photos from the CD/Video and to Save (and/or) Copy the Bookmarks and Invite. Visit THIS link. 

128 comments:

Nicole said...

This is gorgeous and I hope your ward appreciated all you did! Joy in this season of life is reading with my twins and seeing them start to put letters together and read...and the rare occasion I find a moment and get to create (fabric, paint, paper, the other day I settled for legos!)

Rachel said...

This "season" of my life, having turned 40 last year, is made joyful by a new sense of confidence that I never had before and a recognition that I still have another 40+ years (God willing) to pursue my dreams.

This season of the year brings me joy because it seems to be a slower, more relaxing time (at home, not at work!) and I'm justified in staying home, sewing, nesting, and staying cosy!

Your ladies' evening sounds wonderful. I would love to spend an evening like that, with good friends, food and conversation.

Sonia B said...

Sometimes it is really hard for me to want to put down the fabric and sewing machine and spend time with my children. I'm discovering that they grow too quickly, so I'm learning to find joy in getting down on the floor and playing with them or reading them a story. So fun to curl up on the couch together with a good book. Thanks for the great blog, great ideas, and great inspiration.

Bill 'n Kork said...

Eccl:3:1 has always been my favorite scripture. The pics are wonderful and your decorating just perfect !
Kudos to you and Jules ! And all the other helpers! Sorry I missed it.
In this season of life I have to say that my joy comes from my family and all the seasons I've been through to get to this one. The one on one time with my husband and the wonderful freedom I feel to do whatever I want. Finally comfortable in just being me. It has been a wonderful journey and each season has brought its joys.

Jana said...

Wish I was in your ward! Amazing all the work you did! Have to say that the joy I feel in this season of my life is being around my grandchildren. There is nothing better than hearing them tell me that they love me!

Kathy said...

Your ladies' event sounds awesome!!! I love all your decorations and the food pics were wonderful! I wanted to just reach in and have some -- LOL!

This season of my life is a difficult one. I lost my precious 62-year old husband approx. 6 months ago to a sudden stroke. Even though my heart is broken, I find Joy in knowing he is in Heaven. My Joy is Jesus Christ who walks with me daily and teaching me how to find glory and joy in the midst of grief.

Corrie said...

Tickle Creek -- that makes me laugh. It all looked wonderful, I bet it tasted wonderful too. Tonight, Joy is kissing my little boy's cheek.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

I find unbelievable joy in being a stay at home mom! This gives me the time to really put my heart into everything--making quilts instead of buying comforters, growing food instead of buying so much of it, making curtains, knitting scarves, etc. etc. Mostly, I am enjoying my children (and husband) more. Unfortunately, things were just harder in so many ways when they were younger. Life is easier now and I've learned to enjoy them all so much more. Maybe I've matured, maybe it IS easier, maybe I've just learned more to trust in God...?

Lisa said...

What a lovely get together! My joy comes from being content in my role as a mother to two little girls! So much joy!

CJ said...

This season of my life has me home alone. Both of my kids are away at college and last year my husband returned to a full time job after taking time off to be at home for a few years while we homeschooled the kids. My family is what brings me joy, hearing from my kids a few times a week on the phone, sending and receiving text messages from them during the week brings such joy to me. Hearing how they are doing in school and work and in their new relationships is so rewarding. I love to hear from my hubby during his day and then to share a meal with him when he comes home. Life is definitely different for me now but I still find joy. :)

Tamie said...

I think the thing that this season of my life brings me is a confidence in myself that I didn't have when I was younger. There is also a maturity of life experiences to draw on (not all good, but all for a reason) while making each new decision.

Debby said...

What a beautiful party!! You guys did such a stunning job, thanks for sharing with us. My joy for this season in life is to watch our grown Daughters as they are building families of their own with the values we had hoped would stick when they were adults. We are so blessed to be a part of the gifts God has seen fit to give them, 3 grands and one on the way!!

Becky said...

I am a grammy of six beautiful little grand-daughters. Hands down, they are what bring me the most joy in my life right now. It was great being a young mom, mom of teenagers, and now a mom of grown kids...but there's just nothing in the world like being a grandma :)

Lynda said...

my greatest joy at this moment in time are my three grandchildren, born on July 9th - I am traveling up to be with them for the next three weeks tomorrow.

Jen said...

Mmm...all that food looks so yummy! The joy I feel in this season of my life is my three young daughters!

Jane S. said...

My family gives me the most joy in this season of my life. That's always been the case, and I think it always will be. I still have both my parents, I have a sister and wonderful brother-in-law, and my husband and two teenaged daughters.

I am truly blessed to still be alive and enjoying them, there have been more times than I care to think when that mightn't have been the case.

james and bess said...

that activity looks divine! in this season of my life (with 3 small-ish kiddos), i find the most joy when i let go of things i "need" to finish/accomplish and just enjoy the daily moments of looking into their eyes and listening to them. they're quite hilarious. :)

bess

Christine M said...

Sounds like you all had a lovely time. And what a spread! I find joy spending time with my family and friends.

RaeLyn said...

You have been busy! I was so excited to find out that you are LDS too! I knew it! Joy in my life today is my little girl who is 7 months old today. Even though she is my 5th, I am amazed what each new day brings in her eyes.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a wonderful array of foods, dishes, and decor. I am in the 'winter season' of my life and enjoying being content - yes content. My biggest joy - my grandchildren - another generation to pass family heritage on to. I see so much of pass lives in these little imps already.

Carla said...

Wonderful idea. What brings me the most joy at this season in life is my little grand daughter. She is the reward!

Di~ said...

Wow, looks wonderful! Good job.
Even tho' this teenage boy is a rascal much of the time, I love it when he makes me laugh and when he brings the friends home for a meal and milkshakes! Even tho' I'm doing the work, I 'hear' a lot. :)

Lee D said...

Sounds like wonderful event. Your decor and food presentation were top notch. What brings me joy? knowing my family is safe and healthy and having a sew day for me. Lol

Kristy said...

I think seeing my older children mature and begin to move to independence but still having some younger ones around to care for too. I have 6 children and they are all a blessing. Oldest is 21 and youngest is 6. So I am glad they are growing up but glad some have more time with me.

ritainalaska said...

now that i'm well into my seventies, i find joy in having the day to putter about, to do as i please when i please. i'm slower, taking the time for stop and smell the roses or whatever catches my interest. this is my time to assess, reflect, accept. and quilt, while i pursue my hobbies.

Linda said...

In this season of my life I am enjoying being a grandmother for the first time. My grandson brings me joy with just a smile. I am more relaxed and sure of myself at this point in my life. I wish I had been this confident and mature when my own children were growing up.

I love reading your blog. The event you helped put together looked sweet and fun!

Susanne said...

I just moved together with my boyfriend. This will be our first Christmas in our new home. Can't wait to put the Christmas deco everywhere :)
Susanne

Merilyn said...

For this 'season' of my life..the most joy?....Feeling comfortable in my own skin, knowing I don't have to try and impress people so they like me; being myself, being honest and saying what I really think; and being of an age where I can teach/guide younger women to be confident, have personal integrity and respect themselves and strive for what they really want to achieve in life, be that personally or professionally!!!
I was lucky to have such a teacher when I was a young lady, a parent who shared his wisdom with his first born, that valuable guidance always stood me in good stead!!!!

Nangymama said...

what a beautiful job you guys did!The food looked yummy.My season in life is spending all the time I can with my grandkids teaching them all the crafty things I have learned on my journey.

Chris said...

Wow Jodi!
It looks like you had a wonderful event and that all the prep you did really paid off.
Joy during this season for me is in spending the holodays at home, I worked retail for many years!
Thanks for the chance.

Baskets Of Quilts said...

Joy is seeing my 1 year old daughter laugh. I could have a bad day but when she smiles it all just goes away.

Cindy said...

What brings me joy is being in my sewing room creating something for my family. Every stitch is done with love and every piece of fabric cut is done thinking of the person it's being gifted to. Knowing all the love that goes into creating something brings me so much joy that it's even hard to write about! Thank you so much for the chance to win these cute little goodies! xoxo

NStokes said...

Joy comes this season in memories of happy times in the past and especially by being with grandchildren.

Terry said...

Joy for me right now comes mostly from my sewing. Being creative left my life for a while, but it's back now and it's such an important part of me. Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Jodi, I made a birdie mini in October with the scripture from Ecc. on it. http://whynotsew.blogspot.com/2011/10/to-everything-there-is-season-bird.html
My family brings me the most joy right now. Raising my kids brings more joy than anything I've ever known!

Leslie said...

that sounds like a great get together for you ladies :)
I am in my 40's now and I am happy that I seem to recognize and be more appreciative than I have in the past :) God has blessed me in a lot of areas in my life (even when I don't deserve it) but I find so much joy in Him and my family and then there is the little things like my sewing, my horses and other animals and scrapbooking, but mainly spending time with my family :)
thanks!

Sarah N. said...

What gives me joy during this season of my life is my children (10 and almost 13)... Watching them branch out and try new things - like trying out for the school musical. Getting compliments about them - how kind and repectful and helpful they are.

Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

GeeGee said...

I get so much joy from my grandson, Levi. He is 6 months old and is so precious to me. It truly is more fun having grandchildren than children because I now know to relax and let the housework go while he's here. He's only little for a very short time and I plan to enjoy every moment with him.

annemarie said...

My three little grandsons bring me a world of joy - so precious and full of love and life.

Ellyn said...

what a beautiful job you did! Looks like a lovely evening. What brings me joy? All the little things. Having a strong marriage and healthy kids. A cool fall day. Time in my sewing room. Good friends.

Anya said...

The most joy I get is spending time with my family, especially when my son comes home from college!

thatchristine.blogspot.com said...

Really an amazing post! I am having a difficult time deciding what one thing brings me joy. Every day is filled with those joy moments. I am so greatful for all that I have and experience.

Kelly O. said...

Pondering this question made me realize that I fret more than I'm aware, about life, health, and just little things.
But one thing that for certain brings me joy is my children.
While many of my friends who also have young children like myself, spend their time frittering away the youth of their children so they can move on to better times :(
I find that sad. I love my children and their silliness and nievity. I love nurturing them and waiting to see what they'll say and do next.

I'm a sahm and while my friends pine to be working and making their own way--I am truly content to be with my kids. Knowing all too soon they'll leave me behind and then I'll HAVE to do something else. At the moment I want to do nothing but be with them. They will bring me Joy in this season and every season of my life.

Cathy H. said...

What a beautiful event you put together! Wonderful decorations and food!! In this season of my life, my four grandsons bring me joy. To be able to play with them, keep them when I'm needed and recieve those wonderful hugs and kisses is such a blessing!

Meri said...

What a lovely evening! The decorating and food looks fabulous!
My joy these days is in trying to live a little more "in the moment" and enjoying all the surprises of life with four grandchildren! I think I appreciate all their shenanigans in a way that wasn't possible when our children were young.I feel blessed!

Magicaldamselfly said...

I am in the Autumn of my life so I've lived through my children's growing up years and now I am enJOYing my beautiful grandchildren. My family is my greatest JOY next to my relationship with the Lord.
I find great JOY in my quilting as it gives my time to reflect with each and every stitch.
I also find JOY in being able to visit my favorite blogs and seeing all their journey's unfold and being able to share in their JOYS.

God Bless us all

happy little cottage said...

You did a spectacular job on your ladies evening!!

I would have to say my family brings me joy during this, and every, season of my life!

Carol said...

This season of my life has so many joys, that it would be hard to name just one. But, My seven grandchildren are one of the greatest, and my youngest daughter, 17, who I had late in life, (43) also brings me tremdous joy. Having time to make quilts, sew and crochet are others. quiltexas@gmail.com

Kirsten and Tracy said...

Wow, what a wonderful Relief Society social! I'm a little jealous! During this season of life, I'm most joyful spending time with my beautiful daughter and granddaughter and anxiously awaiting the birth of another granddaughter after the first of the year. After growing up in a family with 6 brothers and no sisters, I'm really loving this GIRL filled life! And being a Gramma has to be the BEST season of all!

Tracy

Staci said...

How have I read your blog for a long time and never realized your are LDS, too?
What brings me the most joy this season? That is one I'm struggling with myself. Now that my children are grown and on their own, I don't know who I am any more, or what to do with myself. So, while I try and figure it out, I quilt and read, and teach CTR 5 and spend time with my husband. Sooner or later, I'll figure myself out.

Kathleen Grace said...

Your church social looks gorgeous Jodi! I may have to borrow some of these ideas for a future party at our church:>) I love those little polka dot scissors, sign me up for a chance to win!

Nedra said...

Wow, I want to attend your ward. Usually the food is ham and Costco rolls.
Wonderful theme, and I think it's so important for women to concentrate on finding joy in every day things...a smile while walking the isles at the grocery store, or watching the grandbabies play. "Man is (and women) that he might have joy"

Anonymous said...

I think the thing I'm enjoying the most right now is I'm happy with who I am and have accepted who I am. I don't beat myself up any more for not being in the perfect mold. We're all individuals and we should embrace it. I skipped the mid-life crisis and I'm just runing with it. It's nice.
Tammy Mabry

Nicole said...

Wow, gorgeous. Where do you live? I'll be moving there quickly. Right know what brings me the most job in my life is definitely my children. I have 4 kids but my 2 year old is at the funnest stage ever, I love the funny things that come out of his mouth, I love it when he makes Choo - choo noises when we put on Polar Express. I can't lie though, lately I have a new found love for fabric also, pretty fabric makes me pretty darn happy!

Jenn said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job, now I kinda wish I was on the board in my ward (primary is great though) :) The joy I have in this season of my life are my 4 kids. And even if they're being naughty and bringing me sorrow, I know who I am, and the peace that knowledge brings is the most tender and sweet joy I think I've experienced. And that will last through every season.

Cozy Little House said...

Decorating my little blue house as a newly single woman with my dogs.
Brenda

ZiaMaria said...

This season of life is bringing me so much JOY when I am around my extended family. I am at the age where my parents and in-laws are getting frail and the number of marriages and new babies is growing so fast. Just 'pure Joy' when I am around those I love so dearly.

Thanks for sharing about the evening, looks like it was lovely!

Karla said...

I'm really loving this "season" of my life (I just turned 53)because over the years I've learned to trust God more and that has allowed me to stand back and really enjoy the people that are in my life. When you let go of the control you are able to love and respect people for who they are...not what you think they should be.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

What a lovely layout and all that yummy food is making me hungry!
What brings my joy in this season of life is family, young and old. As simple as that :)

The Thompsons said...

Um, I need to visit your ward activities- hello! That's quite the spread. You'd be good friends with my mom. She's the same way.

Dana said...

There are so many things that bring joy to my life, but if I had to pick only one thing, it would be my family, which includes parents, children and grandchildren. Seeing my parents lead VERY active lives, my kids have grown into incredible adults and my grandbabies are just the best (!), makes me so thankful and joyful.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful event! Love all your ideas.

Joy in this season is doing things with my 83 year old Mom. She is such a joy to be with!

Grace
Qwer1@cox.net

Maureen said...

What a wonderful event! Such planning.
Joy now in retirement is letting go and being able to free my mind to create and be me.

kris said...

It looks great! I love that tiered cupcake stand. In this season of my life, I am finding joy in my companionship with my husband. We haven't been able to have kids so far and it has been so fun spending time together and encouraging each other to develop talents we want for the future.

lindag1947 said...

being with family and friends at this time of year means the most to me especially with good health to all. LInda Gerig

Miss White Wall said...

All those pictures were amazing! This is my first year as a mother and I'm pretty sure my little son is going to bring me all the joy I can handle!

regan said...

What a lovely party....and everything looked so beautiful! I think I am really enjoying this time in my life (49) because the kids are grown and doing really well, so when we talk or visit, I'm not having to be Mom, but more of a friend. I know they didn't have the best childhood, cuz I have NO patience whatsoever, but we all suffered through it, and now they love to visit us, and we love having them here. And I'm just amazed at that!

James-Linda said...

LOVELY EVENT!
JOY IN MY LIFE,IS FOUND IN THE LORD+FAMILY+FRIENDS NEAR TO ME!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

Des said...

Okay first!! Your ward is not called "Tickle Creek" is it?? is IT??? really??
Second: I have never seen tortellini salad on a stick and I thought I had been around the block. that is one of the coolest things, ever.
Third: how cool was that whole party? um, cool.
Fourth: I love my season of life. Having a grown child turn into an awesome human is cool. And I love having a 13 year old daughter who is funny and up and down emotionally. Keeps me on my toes. Adolescence is here for a reason.

Lynn said...

slowing down and really trying to stay present with my four year old =what an incredible teacher he is!

Penny from S.C. said...

My joy is helping out at church when I can and spending time with my new grandson!

stitching under oaks said...

what a beautiful job you did with the presentation and the decor! I think the thing that brings me the most joy in this season is enjoying the present. Enjoying where I am right now, knowing that as my kids grow up and go away I'll never have these blessings that I do now. There will be other blessings then,...but I want to enjoy these right now!

Michelle Jensen said...

That is so pretty. I haven't had a get together for quite some time but I will definitely keep your cute ideas and simplicity in mind :) I find joy right now in making gifts for family. I usually mix it up with hand made and then a little store gifted items and it just makes me feel joy to spend my spare time for others. Can't wait for the day to actually be here though I definitely need all the time from here to them to get each one taken care of.

Suzie said...

A lot of work, but also a lovely time with your friends - everything looks so good, so beautiful! It's the warmth and the love that makes this season so special, it's the "extra" time for sharing, caring, giving, enjoying.

Gumbo Lily said...

What a lovely gathering.

Harrysmum said...

What a fantastic looking party you threw - hope it was appreciated!
I find joy in planning for family time at Christmas - it's when we get 4 generations together and celebrate together! I'm so thankful that I still have boh my Grandmothers at 97 and 95 :-)

Heather said...

That sure looked like a great night out. It's nice to see those events for ladies. What is bringing me joy in this season of my life are my 3 children. They are 6, 3, 1. It is amazing watching them learn and grow up into individuals. They all have their unique personalities, and its such a joy to see it.

Becky said...

Y'all really did a beautiful job for your group! Wowsers! I'm sure everyone felt inspired and blessed when they left.

Season of my life? - never really thunk of it that way. We are so sports oriented that I think of things as quarters, halves, half-times and overtimes! ;)

The same things that have always brought me joy still do just that. Bright sunny crisp Fall days, my cats, my kids, my Hubby, my friends, my moments of creativeness.

Judy said...

What a great job you did tying everything together and the food looked phenomenal! I find the most joy (at this season of my life) being able to commit to the Lord's work more completely because my family is grown and I'm retired. Life is good! It doesn't hurt to have two darling grandchildren, either :-)

Laine said...

Wow is all I can say. What a great job you did. I love the different ways you had your food laid out.
This season of the year brings me joy knowing that I will be around my family. This weekend we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my parents who have been together for 60 yrs. Not only will my kids and families be there but also my brother and sister's families who I don't get to see all that much.

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Terri said...

Outstanding event !! My joy right now is caring for my grandaughter that will be two the last day of this year. Have watched her since birth. I will always treasure this time and gift from the Lord. My other joy is being able to serve in the kitchen at my Church. It is my passion and I love every minute of it. My joys are wonderful!

lorene said...

it sounds and looks like a wonderful program! and such an awesome theme. I am a wife and a mother and a grandmother to almost 20 grandkiddos! (the almost (2) will arrive next year). at this time in my life I expirence great joy when my family is around me. to look around and see everyone interacting with one another, grands playing together, hugs and kisses being shared, the laughter. I think, this home, this is heaven. my fav color is pink (wink, wink)

Lorene

LJ said...

Goodness, your pictures were wonderful; can't believe they were THAT good! The decorating and the food looked divine! You, your sisters, and all who helped did an awesome job. In this season of my life I have 2 things that give me lots of joy...my 7 grandkids and having good health so I can sew and quilt and enjoy all else that good health brings.

BJ said...

Love your decorations. I just did a ward thanksgiving dinner and we made "gratitude trees" for centerpieces etc. It was fun. I'm a young grandma, and the greatest joy in my life is my grandchildren. They love so unconditionally. I guess in truth my husband and my family all bring me the greatest joy, but right now it has to be the little ones.

DebrafromMD said...

My family is always the greatest joy in my life, followed closely by my friends.

Patty said...

Joy in this season of my life is--MY LIFE. My girls are grown, and for the most part happy. My husband still has a job he loves, and I am a stay at home wife. I craft and have the granddaughter after school. I enjoy my life.

I am Just One Mom said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful event with us. May I pass this along to servants in another part of the vineyard?

Misss Sherry said...

I am in the adult children/grandchildren season and it's FABULOUS! My children are turning out to be such great adults on oh so many levels and as far as the grands go, how much time do you have? JOY JOY JOY in abundance!

chris said...

Right now, I am enjoying my family. I have four children (ages 10-3) that I can make magic for. I am working hard to find joy in the little things.

Lori said...

That my kids are healthy and happy. And of course a cute 1 1/2 year old granddaughter tops it off.

Marci Girl said...

My four year old brings so much joy to the season, and on top of that awaiting my upcoming new baby brings me a lot of joy too!

Kim said...

Your decorations are awesome! You need to come and plan our RS gatherings. The foods look so yummy.

Ok, to answer your question. What gives me joy is my family, holiday traditions and traveling to be with our extended family members.

Gari said...

I turn 69 in 11 days. I think age wise I am in the Winter of my life. Spiritually I am in the Summer and physically I am in the early Fall. This has been the most fun season as I have learned many life lessons in the earlier seasons but now I can enjoy them as I have far fewer responsibilities. I can sit back and enjoy watching others, offer advice when invited, and smile at my children, grandchildren and great grandchild. Life is good.

Sandra said...

I loved all the work you did. I would have never known it was a gym. My joy comes from giving to others through baking and crafting.

Patrice said...

Watching my little boys (5 and 2) discover new and different things and say, "mom this was the best day ever!!" gives me the most joy I've ever felt in my life. I'm thankful for their love.

Patty said...

I am in a late season of life. I have been finding joy in my children and grandchildren. Today I learned there will be another grandchild next summer. My family is the best thing in my season of life.

Sallie said...

Greatest joy - Knowing that my children love God and have accepted Jesus as their own personal Lord and Savior. Looks like a lovely Ladies' evening! Thanks for the great pictures. Thanks for the giveaway!

Gwen said...

The joy is in having this season in my life. I have been cancer free for six years now. Each day is a gift and a joy!

Kara said...

Today my joy was hearing my 4 y.o.'s pre-school teacher ask him what he was thankful for, and his response of, "my mom."

Anonymous said...

The season of life that I'm in is my girls are grown and on their own and now it is just my husband and I.The joy that I feel in this season is the time that my huaband and I have together now .We get to do things
together and not have the reaponsabilty of our daughters.Juet enjoying each other.Discovering new things together
Anita

Candaroth@aol.com

Janet said...

Definitely my grandchildren. They are so sweet and I only have to know the sweet side of them :)

PDOTTreats said...

Great job on the Social! I like the pre-holiday social idea. And I'd find great joy if you'd be willing to share your lemon parfait recipe! Wink, Wink. I am working on finding joy in my efforts to become healthier, working out on a more regular basis.

Sheri said...

Good friends like you bring me great joy!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

It sounds like a perfect RS meeting and one that those who attended will always remember your loving touches. I appreciate the theme too Jodi. Thanks for sharing your talents with all the women of your ward and with those of us who like to attend the party here too.

peacebrook said...

I have been reflecting on joy and contentment recently. I find contentment by stillness and gratitude. But joy comes from relationship. Joy is a larger wave. so to speak, than contentment. I would not want to forgo the others in my life that make it so rich and deep.

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

I'm finding immense joy watching my teenagers grow into confident, kind adults, using their God-given talents to help others.

blop said...

First of all, Jodi....a wonderful event and a delish spread!! Love those mini's...you can taste all w/o guilt or feeling too full!! Great presentation!
Joy for me is helping my daughter in her business. She is the first to help everyone else but being able to help her is my great pleasure!
I miss more quilty time, but helping her is the most important....and fun, too!!! xoxo

Marie said...

This is season of my life is bringing me joy in my marriage. It's been going on for 24 years and it's only gotten better with time;-)
My children still bring me a lot of joy too!

Vickie said...

What a great job! Everything looks fantastic! Well, this is a tough question! As I just recently turned 51! I find that there is alot that brings me JOY! Spending time with my family has to be the greatest joy ever! Time never slows down!

Erin said...

Bringing me joy this season is knowing I have Christmas off this year and get to watch the kids faces Christmas morning.

Debra said...

What brings me the most joy is quiet times with the hubs!

GrammyK said...

There are multiple joys in this season of my life- the love of my husband, our children, and our 5 wonderful grandchildren, as well as enjoying good health. It's also being content with who I am, and finally learning that I don't have to worry about what other people think of me-I just have to be true to myself. Life is good!

Mary said...

As a newly retired teacher, one of my biggest joys is my granddaughter. She was born four days after my last day of school, and she was been an absolute wonder for me. I get the thrill of babysitting her every other weekday. The added bonus is observing what a wonderful daddy my son is to her.

Lee said...

Wow - looks like a wonderful event!
The joy I feel in this season of my life is contentment of who and where I am and growing together with my husband and my college kids! thanks!

Carlie said...

Your fall social looks like such fun! Wish I was in your ward. My greatest joy is in my children and 5 beautiful granddaughters and knowing we'll be together forever. Love your blog...

Jen said...

This looks like an amazing party! This season I was diagnosed with celiac disease and now I find joy in the foods I can eat. I find comfort in the promise of healing and the knowledge that though I may be sick, there is an easy way to get better. My mouth is watering at those gluten free cookies!

Laura Lane said...

This season of my life is Joplin tornado relief. (jfwc.org) I've learned giving in a whole new way and at a whole new level.

I feel the hand of God's blessing on us so that we can pass that blessing on to those in need.

May God meet your every need in mind, body, spirit, and every other area of your life through Christ Jesus.

Laura Lane

Laurel09 said...

Joy in this season of my life is the look on my baby girl's face when I walk in the house after a long day at work, and the way she sticks her tongue out when she is really focused on trying to learn how to do something new (right now, how to crawl up the stairs!).

pinsandneedles said...

My 3 girls are now young adults and what brings me the most joy in this season is being able to enjoy their company and adult conversations...going out to dinner, a day at the museum or other activity... enjoying the persons they have become.and their friendships.

wendy said...

Joy in my life now is Grandchildren.

Chris said...

What a lovely ladies gathering! Everything was just beautiful, you have been very VERY busy. :)
This season of my life I am finding joy in being a grandmother and I'm still young! :) (52) I have 7 grandchildren and they sure make me smile and once again realize that the most important things in life are NOT things but relationships! That is real joy. I am also learning so much about how much more and in a deeper way God loves me and that no matter what comes my way He is STILL in control of ALL of life.
Thanks again for sharing your photos. ideas and the give away! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

the girlfriend gap said...

everything looks so beautiful. blessed are the women who got to share the fruits of your labor. in this season of my life there is joy...i have survived the teenage years of raising 3 daughters, they are now beautiful young women and we enjoy our time together so much more now that they are adults. I have learned a lot as a mom and there is joy in now having more girls.. 2 grandaughters and watching them grow , and i love hearing my 5 year old granddaughter talk about how much she loves God and Jesus. Janita

madrekarin said...

What a great idea! It's all beautiful. I love how the Internet allows us little peeks into what other Relief Society sisters are doing all over the world.
My joy in this season of my life is my granddaughter, Emma. Being a grandma is awesome! :)

Jolynn said...

Wow that Relief Society event looked like it was awesome. I can't believe the work you put in to it.
At this time in my life I find joy in the little things: a pretty sunset, autumn leaves, a rain storm, and best of all, my sweet grandkids.
keels@mvdsl.com

Kathy Railsback said...

Joy in this season....watching my children be wonderful, caring parents, enjoying and interacting with 16 beautiful grandchild, loving and being with the same man for 38 years, completing sewing projects, spending time with girlfriends, serving my Heavenly Father, teaching 5th and 6th graders who crack me up...OH MY. No wonder I'm tired!......your night looked beautiful and well planned out!

ellen said...

What a nice event. Can I get the recipe for the chocolate parfaits?!? Our RS does a big wreath making party (early December) which is always really fun.

Claudia said...

Any chance you could email me a copy of the bookmark or tell me how you made them? They are beautiful. The whole activity sounds wonderful.I know you did this almost a year ago, but was hoping you could give me some help. I'm doing a Relief Society lesson on Joy and wanted to do a bookmark similar to the one you did.
Thanks for your help.

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

Claudia, there is no email associated with your comment. Please email me at Pleasanthome@live.com

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