We have been plagued lately with the news of friends experiencing utter and complete heartbreak.  Perhaps because I am an intense feeler and have traveled the path of pain, it weighs on my own heart with a heaviness I remember all too well and yet still try to forget.  I think once you have been “branded” with an event in your life that causes you to think in terms of “before” and “after”, sad stories affect you in a much more intense way.  Or maybe it’s just me.

So in an attempt to lighten things up, I just want to have fun today.  Nothing but fun.  We could all use a little joy in our lives and a reminder that in all things, God works for good.  Always.  Even when we think there could not be one good thing to emerge out of a horrific situation, it always does.

Here are a few good things we have experienced so far this summer at Casa de Snapp:

Susannah was a flower girl in my cousin’s wedding last weekend.  JJ tried to take a few shots of us as we stood in the door and I helped prepare her to walk down the aisle (that’s me on the left), but he said the lighting was horrible and he couldn’t get any decent shots.  This was one of the photos he took and it could be my most favorite one of the summer thus far, proving again that joy can so often be found in the unexpected.  In fact, isn’t this the best kind of joy?

And then the lighting was great, proving that sometimes we feel we are in the darkness but the light always comes. Always.

Brother and sister having a ball in the sprinkler – proving that reconciliation can occur.

Neighborhood friends to share giggles and popsicles with on a balmy summer night, proving that fond memories of childhood are one of the greatest gifts we bestow upon our children.

An almost-two year old baby boy munching on a SunChip wearing nothing but a swim diaper and a Buddha belly and getting kissed by his mama?

Proving that we are always lovable…



and baby giggles – proving that joy comes in the morning.

My sweet friends that are experiencing pain, you know who you are.  Trust God and know that joy does come in the morning.  It just does.  I’m not blowing sunshine smoke up your you-know-what either because as I’ve stated before, I’ve seen some pretty dark days.  And yet.

My joy in the morning is now.  And yours will be coming, too.

For more Caffeinated Randomness, go and visit Andrea at Under Grace and Over Coffee!!!

…Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. – Psalm 30-5

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  – John 15: 1-4

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