Joy from hearing my two children playing together.
Joy from Agustín’s quick smile that lights up his face and goes right to his eyes.
Joy from an unexpected hug from Nicolás, and realizing that it actually is quite expected as he seems to hug and kiss me every time he comes near me.
Joy from Agustín’s earnestness and sweetness and good heart.
Joy from Nicolás’s alertness and ability to pick things up so quickly.
Joy from smiles and giggles coming from either of them.
Joy from a husband who is willing to take a sample into the lab at any hour of the day, just so I don’t have to go out in the dark alone.
Joy from experiencing a special moment with my son.
Joy from a house full of guests, good food, and good drinks.
Joy from an unexpected package arriving with goodies from home.
Joy from a spot of sun shining through the window and warming me up.
Joy from reading and sharing and finding connections through the written word.
Joy from the Internet and the way it helps me connect and share and have fun.
Joy from knowing that in less than a month I will be in warmer weather, sitting on a porch sipping coffee and feeling a whole vacation of possibilities ahead of me.
Joy from imagining a summer trip in Minnesota with an empty calendar.
Joy from an ice cold glass of beer or a perfect glass of wine and nothing to have to do in the morning.
Joy from knowing how lucky I am.
Joy from accepting my life, the ups and downs, the good and the bad, and embracing it and loving it.