Thursday, October 26, 2006
Overwhelmed...With Absolute Joy

Hello everyone. It's Barb from A Chelsea Morning. I was very pleased when Overwhelmed asked me to be a guest contributor at her website today. After a lot of thought, I decided to tell you what the words in the name of her blog mean to me.

In my life, I have been completely overwhelmed with boundless joy only a few times. The first time I can remember is when I gave myself to Jesus and was saved. I was seventeen years old and I remember feeling a total sense of rebirth. I felt completely cleansed and ready to start a whole new life. It's hard to describe how I felt but I suspect you know exactly what I'm saying.

The day I married Rob was a day of complete joy. I'd spent nine years in a bad marriage, unhealthy for me. It took me several years to find the courage to end it. I'd never been alone in my life. I went directly from being Daddy's girl to being the wrong man's wife. I was terrified. I met Rob just two weeks after my divorce was final. I knew right away I'd found my soulmate. The day we stood together and married each other I knew what we were doing was absolutely right. I knew I was marrying a wonderful man and that we would share the rest of our lives together. I felt safe. Finally.

On July 17th, 1979 at exactly 6:03 a.m. my doctor placed my newborn daughter in my arms. Just remembering how I felt at that moment is giving me chillbumps. I never thought it would happen. I'd been told for years I'd probably never be able to carry a baby to term. We would have adopted children had I not miraculously become pregnant because with all my heart I wanted to be a mother. So when Krissy was born (and Mandy twenty-one months later) I felt more happiness than I can describe. In that moment I knew my life was complete. I was a mother.

Just when I thought I'd never feel that degree of overwhelming joy again, I held my grandchild for the first time when he was thirty minutes old. And that's all I can say about that because just thinking about that moment is putting a huge lump in my throat. If you haven't experienced that yet I pray someday you will.

These are just a few of the moments in my life when the name of this beautiful website absolutely describes how I felt.

Hurry back, Overwhelmed. We all hope you're having a wonderful time but we miss you!
5:00 AM

At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved this post Barb, those are all such wonderful moments, definitely "overwhelming with joy" moments :)

Have a beautiful day,

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are blessed and I loved reading this post. Have a great day.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Great post, Barb!

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Girl Raised in the South said...

Beautiful! The overwhelming joy moments are few in a typical life, but when theyre like this, you only need a few. xoxoxo

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Susanne said...

Beautiful full of overwhelming joy moments that you shared with us, Barb! I love to read about these things in others lives. It reminds me of all the wonderful things in my own life!

At 7:34 AM, Blogger someone else said...

What beautiful thoughts. You're every bit as eloquent on her blog as you are on yours.

I love the addition of your doggie picture with your comments. It's so cute.

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Beck said...

What a lovely post, Barb! I loved being reminded of my own moments of overwhelming joy.

At 7:56 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

I love this entry Barb - great job detailing the ways you've been overwhelmed with joy in your life!

At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. I love the descriptions you gave of joy in your life...
I am a mom and nowhere near grandmotherhood (my kids are only 3 & 2) but I can only imagine the joy you must experience when holding the child of your child!! Crazy!

Thanks for sharing!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Judith said...

Will I ever learn how to do this! Tried leaving a comment, but guess I lost it.

So glad what was past is gone, and replaced with such joy. It's Phil. 4, all over again.

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post Barb.........

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Big Mama said...

I get a lump in my throat thinking about you getting a lump in your throat. Those are the moments that make life worth living.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

That was so sweet I have tears! The Grandma feeling is still very fresh with me. In fact, Little Miss Pinky is here today! This was a great post!

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Nancy said...

WOW, I could feel your overwhelming joy. Thanks for sharing.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Blogger profile name said...

Beautiful! I love this idea of guest posters!

At 2:07 PM, Blogger on the Rock said...

This is a truly beautiful guest post! I am always touched by OW's blog title too!

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Carole Burant said...

Having my boys is certainly the most overwhelming joyful feeling I've ever felt in my I'm waiting until I can feel that joy again whenever they decide to present me with a grandbaby:-) Great post Barb!!

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Doris said...

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At 5:45 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

Barb, your words are like a joyful sound to my heart. Being a Mother and then a Grandmother is a feeling of being completely and utterly overwhelmed with Joy! When those newborn babies are placed in your arms for the first time there is no feeling like it, and right away you are hooked. :) Wonderful from the heart post Barb! :)

At 9:59 PM, Blogger BlondeBrony said...

That was a lovely post.
Thanks so much for sharing it with us.


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