Last night, Jim created "Daddy Ball". The game involves putting two light sticks (we got when we went to see the lights at Hartwood Acres (AWESOME!)), together to make a circle. Then, you try to roll 3 balls in such a way that they stay in the circle, but don't go past it, from across the room.
Today, I created "Mommy Ball", and Dylan created "Dylan Ball". Mine involves trying to hit 5 cups down with various sized balls (you get 3 tries).
Something completely bizarre happened this week. Back when all the Christmas cards were pouring in (I miss getting mail!), we got a card from one of my ex-employers. On the front, there was an adorable picture of her two girls. On the inside, three smaller photos of them, and then a quote.
Sometimes Jim doesn't even see some of the cards we get. If I get the mail, I confess that I might immediately put it in the Christmas card holder before he even sees it. So, on New Year's Eve, I brought out the stack of cards and we looked through them, while drinking Rum & Cokes. (Yes, we are wild and crazy party people).
When Jim saw ex-employers card, he remarked, "Wow, I can't believe she got the photos to spell out the word JOY" "Huh?!", I remarked, while grabbing the card to check it out. The three pictures did spell out JOY! "Jim, there is no way she did that on purpose! She's organized, but she can't be that organized!"
"Well, there is no way that is a coincidence!", he stated emphatically.
(I don't know if you can see it in this picture. I wanted you to see the card, but without showing the girls' faces)
I had to know, so I sent her an email. Here is her reply to me...
Jen………..I gasped out loud when I read your email. Honestly, I had no intention of creating “JOY” in the photos…….I just laid them out in a way that looked good to me. Isn’t that funny? I can definitely see it now and am haunted by it! What does that mean…....I created joy without even trying?!!!!!! I am seriously a little spooked by your revelation!
(I let her know that it was actually Jim's revelation).
Isn't that CRAZY? I think it's a sign. A sign that JOY can be found anywhere. In little moments, completely unplanned and unexpected. Like, while playing "Mommy Ball with your 4 year old.