Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Joy

a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness. b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.

I have been thinking a lot about joy this week: The existence of it. The sensation of it. Its place.
I recall as a child seeing the word emblazoned on Christmas cards with images of children tossing snowballs. Or even the word itself surrounded by Christmas decorations and not much else.
I remember thinking that this type of thing does produce a sense of joy - 'the season to be joyous.'
I also remember not being anything more than excited by these things. Hence wondering why the term 'joy?' And even, what is joy?
 It was when I became a Mom for the first time that I truly experienced joy for the first time in my life. Not just happiness or excitement but full-blown joy in all its wonder and true meaning.
Upon the birth of my first born (my daughter Indiana), I felt that amazing whoosh that both stunned me and shocked me simultaneously. 
It was that gut sense of primal and spiritual elation all rolled into one that flowed outwardly as tears of happiness, and disbelief. An amazing moment. Permanently etched in my mind for the rest of my life.
One of the most crystal clear times of my life. 
A moment of pure joy.


Celeste's arrival on the 29th of November 2012

A Mom for the 6th time on Christmas day 2012
 
I have been so blessed to receive this stunning emotion not once, but 6 times over.
Most recently with the arrival of Celeste.
The sense of joy continues after birth too. It is stark. Everytime I glanced at my baby in the weeks following her arrival, I felt joy. Profound happiness.
As the weeks turn into months now and she changes pace and intensity, my joy develops and changes shape again along with her.
It stretches into pride and pure love.
It grows and expands. 
'Heart-strings.'
We form our bonds which will unite us always as mother and child enveloped in this sense of joy.
Each child's arrival has been as sparkling as the first. Always new, raw and intense and wonderful.
Joyous.

 
Big sister Indiana (aged 13) with little sister Celeste aged 7 months
In what ways have you felt joy in your life?
Please leave a comment below.
 
 
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.
 

8 comments:

  1. What gorgeous photos, I have to say my joy moments were when my three were born. But every now and then, when all the stars align, there is no fighting or tears, I experience joy when I see my three kiss, cuddle and laugh with each other. A lovely post Jody xx

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    1. I have to agree with you! It's like Christmas over and over when they are lovely with each other!

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  2. Wow, you fill my heart with longing for a big family - I came from one and always wanted one - and seeing your girls together just makes me want it even more! But having said that, my little Pumpkin doesn't stop filling me with joy - even when I'm exhausted or sick, I never stop that tiny little sensation in the back of my mind that says, she's yours! You did it!

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    1. They make your heart swell no matter how many of them there are don't they!

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  3. You have such beautiful girls! Absolute stunners!
    Joy is the only word that ever even comes close to describing meeting those brand new people isn't it?

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  4. It's wonderful seeing people get what they wish for. You look so good in your photos for someone who just gave birth- it *must* be the joy. Beautiful photo at the end, love your big girl's smile :D #teamIBOT

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    1. They are just gorgeous aren't they! They have a really lovely bond together too. It's sweet to see my eldest experience joy at having a sister also - as it is to see with the boys too.

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  5. I'll never forget the first moment I laid eyes on my first born nearly eleven years ago. Despite the exhaustion of giving birth, the shock and the endless waterfall of tears of joy, I remember it like it was yesterday. And my choked up first words to her "There you are". Joy in spades! Thanks for reminding me while I frenzy between footy, soccer, ballet runs and bolognese. :)

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