The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 31, 2011

Finding joy in all we do

What is the greatest joy of your life? Think about it.

God certainly knew what he was doing when he never gave me children of my own, because when I was 34, I met and married  Jim who had a 14-year-old daughter who became the great joy of my life. She did not grow under my heart, but in it. I cannot believe I was so lucky.

Time flew by and now we have two grown granddaughters. When that first little, pink bundle came into our lives, I thought I never could love another child that much, that my heart just could not hold any more love. But I was  wrong. The second granddaughter came along, and I easily made room for more love. Love just fills to the brim and spills over.

Now we are blessed with two great-grandchildren. A dainty, little girl, and a robust and busy little boy. Joy fills our hearts even more. I am sure every grandparent feels the same way about their little ones. One needn’t ask about grandchildren, because any grandparent worth his/her salt will bring up the subject and show pictures, without being asked or even hinted at.

Thank God for family, friends

I have many joys in my life. My parents, sisters, brothers and grandparents. I have numerous cousins and had many aunts and uncles who were a joy to me. All have helped to shape my life in one way or another so each is a source of joy.

Friends also are a great joy. What would we do without them? We have friends who are as close as family members. They are at our beck and call at any moment and share all our problems and pleasures. They drive for us, they do many odd-jobs around the house and they help play host/hostess every time we entertain. We could not get along without them. What joy they bring into our lives. We have the kind of friends who do so much for us we never can repay them. We never can keep the ledger balanced.

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