Sunday, March 16, 2014

Joy, Happiness and Just Plain Fun

Fun with Mystery Photos

I hope you've been having fun with my mystery photos.Wednesday's photo stumped most of you. Maybe because it was sort of fuzzy after I snipped out the little bit to try to trick you. Take one last guess and then look down a few paragraphs to see the "rest of the picture." 
 


A New Photo to Guess
 
Here's a new photo bit to guess. This one might be easier for you all. But whether you get the guess right or wrong, you still get another entry in the giveaway to increase your chances of being a winner in my book giveaway. I'm picking two winners who will get one of my books and a grab bag book of a different Christian writer. 

Joy and Happiness

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. (Eleanor Roosevelt)


What makes us happy? Is happiness the same as joy?The dictionary says joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. You know that kind of feeling you have when the person you love says they love you too. Or when you hold your first grandchild. Or when you see a flash of a bluebird's wings. Or a crocus bursting out of the ground at the end of a long winter. Or when you're singing your favorite hymn and the words are just as meaningful on the hundredth sing through as the first. Or when you get the news that something you wrote is finally going to be published. 

Joy! It sings in your heart. Makes you smile when you are all alone. Makes your feet feel like dancing. Sometimes you feel so joyful you have to release some of the sparkle of joy into the air by moving. You might clap your hands, twirl around, 
jump in the air or do cartwheels. Joy can explode. 

Summer of Joy


That's the kind of feeling I wanted readers to think about when they saw the title of my third Heart of Hollyhill book. I originally titled the story Sunflowers of Joy. No real reason except I love sunflowers and I wanted that joy to make an appearance in the story. But the publishers tweaked the title a little and came up with Summer of Joy. I like that title too although most of the story happens in the winter and spring. Even so, the title invites us to think about a summer full of joy. And that sounds fabulous. 


The Rest of the Picture
 
Oh, yeah, and see those little records. That's the mystery picture from Wednesday. Amy guessed records among other things and Linda guessed it was from the cover of Orchard of Hope, but she may have meant Summer of Joy and had the titles mixed up. Thanks for all the guesses. Now it's time to guess again. One more chance to get your name in the drawing hat and to have some fun. At least, it's fun for me! 

Joy 


Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. (Marianne Williamson)

29 comments:

  1. The leg of a turtle! I guessed once and it didn't go through. I hope I'm not doing this twice!

    shirley(dot)datoutlook(dot)com

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    1. Twice is fine, Shirley, since I got your e-mail on the 2nd one. I always appreciate you joining in with my blog fun.

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  2. A turtle's leg--took a while to figure it out--first thot snake but no! lol

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    1. Snake! I could do that someday. But not this time. I did maybe make this one too easy. Winners will be announced tonight.

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    1. Thanks for joining in with a guess, Susan. This one wasn't too hard, was it?

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  4. Ann I always forget to give you my email!! I'm such a goof. I guessed "a leg of a turtle"
    shirleydotdatoutlookdotcom

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    1. Not a goof at all, Shirley. Most of us just assume the address will be on our comments when they go through, but blog comments go through in a different way so the address isn't on the comment. I appreciate you making sure I had your contact info in case you're one of the lucky winners.

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  5. No need to reach out to my kids on this one, that looks like the leg of a turtle. You must have taken pity on us and gave us an easy one, this time. ;)

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    1. Sigh, Amy. I guess I did make it too easy. But it was such a clear picture when I picked out the bit to show. I'll store up some really hard ones for the next time I do a mystery photo puzzle contest. Even your kids won't be able to guess them! LOL. Announcing the winners tonight.

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    1. And you could be right, Shirley. :) I'll announce my winners on my post tonight.

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    1. Thanks for guessing, Joela. If you want to be in the drawing, you'll have to hurry back to let me know a way to contact you. By the way, I like your name. I'll have to remember Joela for a character someday.

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  8. this is a turtles leg

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    1. I think I made this one too easy, Anonymous. But if you want to be in the drawing for the books, you'll have to come back quick to let me know your contact info. But I'm glad you stopped by to guess.

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  9. I'm pretty sure it's a turtle's leg. I love turtles, not the snapping kind! Sorry to hear about your mom's fall but glad she's ok. Have a blessed week...Linda
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Linda. And good guess. I'm hoping Mom won't have to go back to the E.R. for a while. They gave her some appetite enhancing stuff so she's eating a little better too. You're sweet to be thinking of her. I'll announce the winners tonight on my post.

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  10. A leg of a tortoise ----- turtles are in the water - tortoises live on land.

    annettenaatyahoodotcome

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    1. Of course, you're right, Annette. It's not a turtle. A turtle let would probably be much muddier. So if I want to be precise about it all the turtle leg guesses won't be right, will they? Thanks for coming by to guess and reminding us about the difference between turtles and tortoises. Although we always said terrapins. That might be wrong too. :)

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  11. leg of a turtle & I guessed it before I saw these posts ahead of me! sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Way to go, Sharon, but next time I do one of these mystery photo contests, I'm going to make it really hard. Maybe! :)

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  12. I believe you snapped a picture of a turtle's leg. What fun this is! Thank you, for the fun you have given us.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Glad you enjoy my mystery photos, Melanie. I'll do it again this summer. I always have lots of fun with it too, but some of you were right and I did make this one too easy.

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  13. It's a tortoise leg. You made this one too easy Ann! ;) Thank you for sharing your joy with us!!
    RW620(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I love the thought of joy, RW620. Almost every time I signed one of my Shaker Christmas novels, Christmas at Harmony Hill, I put "Joy to the World" on the notation. Thanks for taking part in my fun guessing game. But yeah, it was too easy.

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  14. It's a turtle leg! At first I thought it might be a ceramic/lawn ornament one,but the detail is too great to be fake. :)
    Yes, joy is contagious and we can find it in God! Great post.
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. Susan, I'm glad you tried to make it a harder guess so that I looked like I was making it harder anyway. But yeah, it was pretty plain to see. Glad you enjoyed the "joy" post.

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