26 October 2011

Just a happy day.


Today's just one of those happy days. You know what I mean when I say that. Nothing particularly amazing or exciting has occurred. But the weather outside is pretty close to perfect (77 degrees, sunny, and slightly breezy), and I've passed my time reading my Bible, doing some schoolwork, and raking leaves in our front yard. The Francesca Battistelli CD Bree won from Miss Raquel's giveaway arrived in the mail today, and I'm currently listening to "Beautiful, Beautiful." For dinner we're having chicken pot pie with the most delectable flaky crust you could ever imagine. And as soon as I finish this post I'm going to finish up the little bit of school I have left and then work on outlining my NaNoWriMo 2011 novel before dinner.

"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string." ~Anne of Avonlea~

There's something so sweet about days like today. I want to bottle every little bit of it up in a jar and save it for times when its a blustery and cold mid-January day, a day when I'm overwhelmed with schoolwork, dance, and other responsibilities. Then I can bring out my jar and release that golden contentment into the air, until the diagreeableness is completely drained away. I don't need a huge miracle or staggering surprise to satisfy my soul on those days. I just need a piece of what makes my happy days so wonderful. 

As time passes, I realize more and more what I don't like about days where very splendid and wonderful things happen. Days with huge miracles and staggering surprises leave you feeling emptied of all your strength, which isn't much different than how you feel at the end of an awful day. Everything is so overwhelming that its nearly impossible to take it all in. After days like that, my heart longs for something -- anything -- to be normal. But days like today? They leave you feeling as if you've been taking sips out of a tall glass of the sweetest nectar all the day long, and the glass never empties. And when you rest your head on your pillow that night, just before dropping off to sleep, you feel contentment and peace. 

And that's why I like happy days best. 

"Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee." ~Psalm 128:1-2~

6 comments:

  1. Such delightful days are so lovely, aren't they? Thanks for sharing about your day!!
    So... you're writing a novel with NaNoWriMo? I've heard a lot about it, but I was wondering if it were a good thing. I'm writing a historical novel right now, and I was wondering if it will spoil my writing skills to write crap...? You know, Elizabeth, since you've written a novel and so on, I was wondering, when do you get the time to both blog regularly and in the same time write in your novel? I find that really, really hard to get time for both!
    Sorry for this long comment. Love to hear from you soon.
    God bless,
    ~Joy

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  2. Joy: To answer your first question, no, I do not agree with all the beliefs behind NaNo, mainly the fact that they encourage you to just write, ignoring the fact that your writing may not be the best. If I'm going to put my time into something valuable, I want to do my best at it. However, 'tis a fun event and I love writing, so I'm not going to turn down the chance to get started on my next book in an exciting "competition," whether I reach 50k words or not.

    As to the answer to your second question, I'll be honest . . . it's hard. :P I haven't written much outside of schoolwork (that doesn't count blogging and journaling, which I *have* done) in the past few months because my life has been so busy. At first I was certain I couldn't take part in NaNoWriMo this year because I simply could not add something else to my schedule, but I found a solution. You shall see the answer to that on my blog soon enough. :)

    Thank you for commenting!

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth Rose

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  3. Dear Elizabeth,
    Thanks a lot! I see what you mean; as I am thinking about it, I might wait till next year when I finish my novel, Crown of Life, before trying out NaNoWriMo. I love writing so much, but sometimes like you I find schoolwork, family activities, blogging, e-mailing friends just takes up most of my time and I have so little time to write :(. Looking forward to that answer on your blog! P.S. by the way, is the book, Violets Are Blue a Christian story?
    God bless,
    ~Joy

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  4. I just found your blog a couple days ago. You don't often see young women so devoted to Christ and their family. It's quite refreshing to read from someone who holds many of the same views!

    As for NaNoWriMo, I've always considered doing it, but I've not written much in the past and don't know how well I'd do.

    Anyhow just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog! Keep posting!

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  5. What a beautiful post, Elizabeth! Oh, and confession: I kept your blog up so I could listen to the delightful music while I wrote today. :)

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  6. I felt like just taking a breath and filling my lungs up with this beautiful post.

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