10 Little Things that Make My Day

10 Little Things that Make My Day

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.

Sleeping Late

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.

Organizing Something

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!

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  1. says

    I love the idea of this post — it inspires so much gratitude in us as mothers. You’re right – there are so many things we overlook everyday that bring us so much joy.

    One of my favorite things? A rosebush that Brett planted for me shortly after we got married. Neither of us are all that interested in landscaping, but that bush has taken off, without much attention from either of us, and it’s HUGE. It makes me smile when I look out my window in the early mornings.

    Thanks for a lovely post and encouraging us to look for the joy in our own lives.

    • says

      I love your rosebush story! :) It makes me think of the big maple tree we have in our backyard. My parents are the ones that had this house built when we first moved to the area, so they were the ones that had all the trees planted that are here. (We bought the house from them about nine years ago.) So, anyway, we have this beautiful big maple tree and we often like to smile about the fact that they picked it out from the “sick tree” lot at a local greenhouse.

  2. says

    Well, I love me a Dr. Pepper too. But I thought Chick-fil-a had the best ones? Ah, you are broadening my horizons with McDonald’s :)

    • says

      It sounds like one day we’ll have to get together and go to both Chick-Fil-A and McDonald’s and figure it out. ;)

      I like McDonald’s Dr. Peppers better, but I also have a lot more McDonald’s options around me than Chick-Fil-A. We only have one Chick-Fil-A here and it’s not close to my house at all.

  3. says

    I like your list, Angie! For me, it’s a quiet house when I can spend time thinking and writing without interruption. Oh, and, too, those wonderful husband hugs!
    Blessings to you!

  4. says

    I love it when I have a few moments of silence, when I can enjoy my morning coffee, when the kids are kind and respectful to each other.

    And I love to hear them giggle.

  5. Kara Fleck says

    Ah, time to write … yes, what a lovely luxury that is. And REAL mail? Oh, yes please! :-)

    Thanks for this list and for giving us the opportunity to share, too. Best wishes!

    • says

      It’s so hard to find time to write, isn’t it? My husband and I decided that I should have some set time each day in the evening (so that it’s not always in the middle of the night) to just write in my tiny craft room. It’s happened once so far. Hopefully we can eventually get to where it’s a normal happening.

      I hadn’t seen your new blog yet, so I need to go check it out!

    • says

      I think that would probably be one of the first things I would do if I became rich, after I paid off all of my bills – hire someone to make all of our food for us. LOL It’s such an undertaking every day.

  6. says

    I love your list! I especially relate to the organizing one. I spent all day yesterday in my son’s room organizing Legos! :)

  7. says

    I hear you on the sleeping late. You know I’m not a morning person. I think I’m changing as I’m getting older, though. I’m exhausted by 11 PM and when I try to sleep late, I still wake up around 9 AM. It makes me a little sad…but it also makes me a lot more productive. :)

    • says

      Yeah, I bet it *does* make you a lot more productive. I need to sleep on a normal schedule. I think I would be a more productive person.