Today, pink is the color of my thankfulness.
Every week I want to do a "thankful for color" post.  
Just to remind me to be thankful.  
Because sometimes I forget.

When I first had my twins, I was overwhelmed by the seemingly endless needs to be met and babies to be nursed  (at the same time, no less).  I remember how long the nights were then.  Isn't it clever how God wires the mommy brain?  Somehow, we forget how hard those first months are.  There were days when I wondered how I was going to survive it.  And that's when God showed me how.

His answer to my weariness was to give thanks.

So simple.  So very simple.  I have a million things to be thankful for.  Whenever I start feeling overwhelmed I start thanking God for everything that comes to mind.  It's hard to be grumpy when I'm busy recounting my blessings.  

There's something else that happens when I cultivate a thankful heart-- when I open my eyes to see all the little ways God blesses me.  Joy happens.  Real joy.  Not the kind that smiles all the time, but the strong, peace-like-a-river kind of joy.  The kind that only comes from Jesus.

Today, I'm joyfully giving thanks for 

little toes painted pink

pink camellias from my neighbor's yard

blossoms from my mother-in-love's redbud tree

brand new fingers gripping daddy's 

kisses from big sisters and big brothers

the path under the oak tree across from my house

my pink journal (it's almost too pretty to write in)

roses that will bloom again as spring settles in the air

and even though this one's not pink, I'm especially thankful for an internet connection after a week of it being down  (you bloggers know just how big this is)

I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you : )


PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful things! Love the journal - so hard to write in the really pretty ones.

Cha Cha said...

So glad you are well. I just thought babies were keeping you too busy to post, glad you internet is back up. Hope you and your family are well.

God Bless,
Cha Cha

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

yay for your internet being back up! such a beautiful post... i love this: "Whenever I start feeling overwhelmed I start thanking God for everything that comes to mind. It's hard to be grumpy when I'm busy recounting my blessings. " how true that is! i hope you are finding somewhat of a chance to get some sleep. your journal is gorgeous. i have a variety of journals that are too pretty to write in. or maybe that's just my excuse for not writing in them. : )

Andrea said...

What a beautiful thankful heart! Glad you are feeling much better! I love those precious toes at the top of your post.
Blessings, andrea

PS: I have an urgent prayer request at arise 2 write.

Sara said...

Pretty and thankful in pink. I just did a RED post as well :)

May you have tons more pink days,

Heather said...

This post is Beautiful!
Thanks for the reminder to be thankful. :)
Now that is what I will think this week when I see something pink!

Wendy said...

A girlfriend of mine just had her 1st daughter after having 3 boys ~ her and I have been loving the color pink all week ☺.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Beautiful color, beautiful post. :)

Kristin said...

Love this post!! And that is a fabulous looking journal!! Love the pics of Legend :) And oh, how I love some sweet toddler feet with painted toesies!

mommara said...

I was just thinking if you today. Your pink stuff is precious esp. the fingers and toes. Hugs.

Barbie said...

Gorgeous pictures! Loving the journal!

Miss Anne said...

pink is so lovely, and what wonderful reminders...

your pics made my ♥ smile :)

happiest day to you, my friend.

Rebekah said...

So glad to hear your 'voice' again!
I am glad you are being thankful. You are so blessed, with such a precious family!

{Praying for his divine strength and peace at this busy time}


Michela said...

I do love pink. I wish I could wear it more often, without feeling like a Malibu Barbie wanna-be!

Simply Dawn said...

thanks for the reminder and keep at it momma! You are on the right track!

Jenilee said...

what a gorgeous post! I was wondering about you... it had been awhile since you posted last. :) But, with a new baby... we all understand! :) really... this was a great post. I'll be thankful for pink today too.

Cheryl said...


Your post was like being drenched in a Spring Rain that fell from the leaves of a willow tree!

thank you!

~ Cheryl

Lauren said...

pink is my favorite color and I love all the things you listed -- that journal is adorable! The toes - the fingers - the blossoms... perfection! Praise God for creating all these things for us to enjoy! :)

a little bit vintage said...

Sweet post, Joye! :) Lovely pics, too! My Emma loves to have her toes painted pink...she choose pink every time. :)


Allie said...

Awesome post!

Mich said...

Beautiful post. Pink is my favorite color.


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