Sometimes, it’s not the big things in life that make a day special. Sometimes, it’s just those little things that make you think, “Wow – this life is pretty great. Why don’t I notice that all the time?”
Here are ten of those things for me. Ten of those things that are small, but often make me smile and realize that life is pretty sweet.
I’d love to be a morning person. Really, I would. I suspect that I would get more done in a day if I had the ambition to be up every morning at 5 am or 6 am. You know, or 7 am or 8 am. Any of those really. But, even sweeter are the times when we have nothing to do when Eric is home. He gets up with the kids and I just sleep and sleep. I know this will make me sound like I think I’m about 16 years old, but I can still easily sleep until 1:30 pm if left to my own internal clock.
A Surprise Soda from McDonalds
Yes, soda is bad for me. I know. Still, I don’t know if it’s the big straws, the styrofoam cups, or just the right concentration of syrup, but Dr. Peppers from McDonalds are the best. It’s even better when Eric brings home one as a surprise.
Visiting on Our Porch
I feel like I’m always busy, but I will almost always try to abandon all of that to just sit and visit with family and friends. One of my favorite places to visit is our newly refurnished screened in porch. With it now just having furniture for seating, instead of trying to squeeze in a table and chairs, it is so conducive to taking time to visit with others.
Time to Write
I do a lot of my blog writing in the morning. But, wait. Didn’t we already establish that I am not a morning person?
Yes, we did. The morning when I’m writing is more like “it’s so late that it went from being night to technically being morning.” Because of this, I find that I’m not always as on the ball as I would like to be with my writing. However, there are times when I get to spend some very concentrated time on writing, and those are awesome. Not that everything is about the drinks, but it’s even better when I’m sipping on a chai tea latte while sitting at Starbucks.
(Note: Eric has actually sent me to my craft room to write this and is keeping everyone away from the room. So, I have to admit that while my craft room is no Starbucks, he got me a drink from McDonalds, so this is pretty sweet. He’s a good husband like that.)
Having Someone Else Make Meals
It’s nice to sit down to a meal that you didn’t have to make, isn’t it? I will note that Eric is fabulous and he makes meals for us too. But, I think that’s always one of my favorite things about conferences – you can to go days without having to prepare a meal. As a Mom whose kids are home for three meals every day all year long (with some exceptions here and there), it’s nice when I don’t have to think about breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Now, I don’t really want to come to your house and organize your things. But, I love the thrill of getting a whole area in my house organized. Whether it be a drawer or a whole room, I just love finding the things that we don’t need anymore and organizing the things that we want to keep.
However, let me clear up a couple of misconceptions that you could form about me from the above:
1. I am not actually a very clean person. My house is pretty much in a perpetual state of needing to be cleaned. I do not enjoy cleaning.
2. I don’t organize very often. When I start doing it, it’s hard for me to stop. But, it can be hard for me to start too.
Listening to Music
I love music and would pretty much listen to it all the time, if I could. Listening to music is definitely one of those small things that brings me a lot of joy. One of my very favorite times to listen to music is when I’m driving at night all alone. There is just something settling in that for me. Oh, and then watch out if a song like “Under the Milky Way” by The Church comes on my iPhone. Then, I have to get all deep while I sing along.
Listening to My Kids Play Their Instruments
Even with the occasional misplayed notes, I just love that we have invested the money in having the all learn to play an instrument. It’s been an amazing journey to watch them all grow in their musical talents.
Emails or Other Communications from Friends
While my email inbox may be heavy under the weight of tons of advertisements, spam, and correspondances that I need to answer, I still love it when I get emails from friends. I also really love notes on Facebook, Instagram, blog comments, whatever. It’s just nice to connect with friends.
Snuggles from my Family
I don’t always want to be huggie, but there is something that settles my soul to have a long hug from a friend or family member. Even better, after a hard day, it’s nice to have a long snuggle on the couch or in a chair with one of the kids or with Eric. It’s a nice reminder that, even in a crazy world, there is comfort to be had in a very deep yet very simple way.
What are some of the little things that make your day? Leave me a comment or if you’ve written about it because of iHomeschool Network’s 10 in 10, then be sure to link up!