Happiness is getting your three-mile run in on the treadmill.
Joy is early-morning running in the woods, watching the sun rise in front of you.
Happiness is watching your daughter onstage in her ballet recital.
Joy is watching your daughter twirl by herself in the backyard.
Happiness is hearing your toddler giggle with her 2-year old buddy.
Joy is making her giggle yourself.
Happiness is hearing on the phone that your husband will be home early.
Joy is him walking through the door early, as a surprise.
Happiness is dropping off your preschooler at school without a fuss.
Joy is when he proudly leads you to the gym for the Mothers Day Luncheon.
Happiness is sleeping through the night.
Joy is sleeping through the night, then waking up & realizing your kids are at your parents', and going back to sleep UNTIL NINE O'CLOCK.
Happiness is a new pair of jeans.
Joy is putting on an old pair of jeans that fit perfectly, straight out of the dryer.
Happiness is a cute pair of flats.
Joy is your favorite pair of boots, the ones that have traveled 1000s of miles, 3 continents, 2 dormitories and 5 homes.
Happiness is a mailbox with no bills.
Joy is a mailbox filled with a lumpy box that can only mean Care Package.
Happiness is making a new friend on Facebook.
Joy is finding out you can be friends in real life.
Happiness is the sound of coffee dripping into the pot.
Joy is the first sip of the first cup.
Happiness is the mashed potatoes.
Joy is the gravy.
Happiness is a walk in the park.
Joy is finding a climbing tree when you're there and getting to the tippy top branch.
Happiness is the moment.
Joy is the journey.
This post is a [very late] submission to Bridget Chumbley's One Word at a Time Blog Carnival. I've done Kindness, Patience, Faithfulness and Self Control so far, and I have to say Joy was one I was looking forward to. Check it out - the pursuit of Joy is always fruitful.