“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”                                        
~Matthew 11:28-30
Rest. It’s what I’m longing for these days. Somehow I buried myself beneath too many projects and deadlines and too much busyness these past few months. Life has just been speeding by, leaving me breathless and wondering how I might slow down and simplify things.
I want to leave behind the late nights, the overflowing inbox, and the constant demands on my time and thoughts by the outside world. Yes, it’s time for me to step away from this computer and focus all of my energy on my home and family and local friends. 
I want to simplify, clean everything, organize everything, bake bread, make hot chocolate, and play outside with my kids.
And I need to sew. See this lovely flannel? It’s the fabric I bought on sale last year for the Christmas pajamas. No, they’re not Christmas-themed this year, and they’re not even going to be totally matching. The boys get the little camping bears and dogs, and the girls get the flowers. I just love the cheerfulness of this fabric! It makes me happy just looking at it. 🙂
I’m hoping to spend some focused time the next couple of weeks making memories with these people that I love the most:
(By the way, did you know you can’t fit 7 people in a standard photo booth? At my insistence we tried it a couple of weekends ago, and it didn’t work! Nevertheless, these hilarious photos bring a smile to my face.)

If I don’t make it back here before then, I hope you have a happy, peaceful, and blessed Christmas!


  1. Hello Joy

    A Very Happy New Year
    Wishing you all a year filled with many Blessings
    Hope your Christmas was a Joyous one

    Take Care


  2. Just wanted to pop in and wish you a Merry Christmas!
    Hoping you are all well (and husband is feeling better) and I'm praying that just the right job is around the corner too. 🙂

  3. I have just recently found your blog and I've been devouring it!! I've been reading past stuff and anticipating new stuff every chance I get 🙂 Our styles and personalities are similar, I believe. However as a mom of 6 and a homestead to run, I understand your need to focus on the real people close to you. We no longer celebrate Christmas since we've gone to celebrating the Biblical feasts but I wish you and yours a restful holiday season.

  4. Heck Joy, who could blame ya for wanting to "check out" and love on that sweet family of yours! (: I agree that the flannel is too cute. I really enjoy visiting your blog and appreciate everything you share here. God bless you all and enjoy a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2015!


  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I stumbled across your blog during your 31 days of living on less and have enjoyed looking at your past and present posts. Enjoy the time spent with your family and I look forward to more posts soon 🙂

  6. I do NOT know how to come out from under the busyness unless I hurt peoples feelings and expectations. Hopefully after Christmas things will slow down a little but not much. Too many relatives need help. I completely feel what you are saying. I am picking up my sewing machine today and hopefully it is fixed finally. I will pray for you.

    1. I know what you mean. It is hard, and sometimes it's impossible to get away from the busyness. I hope your sewing machine is fixed! Thanks so much for praying–I'll pray for you as well! ♥

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