Some seasons of life are hard and overwhelming  and marked with the reoccurring feeling of just trying to keep your head above water.  2016 has been that for me.  We put our house on the market. We sold our house. We moved into temporary housing while our new house was being built. Our sale of our old house hit many snags and almost feel through before finally closing over a month late. Those things are stressful and at the time were all consuming, but as I came to find out really did not matter that much.

On June 22 my dad was involved in a serious car accident.  This accident rocked our family like it has never been rocked before and tested our strength in unimaginable ways.  We are forever grateful for his miraculous recovery and perseverance. It is safe to say that an event like that shakes you and makes you reevaluate your priorities in your life.  I promised myself that I would no longer sweat the everyday annoyances of life  and I would look at the bigger picture and really appreciate all the small, but important moments that make life so sweet.  I will admit,  there are still unimportant things that really get under my skin, but overall those things just don’t matter anymore.  It turns out gratitude is such an amazing gift that has the power to really change so many aspects of your life.

Here are some of the little things that have been making me smile and bringing me joy.

  • Driving to work on rural roads while the sun is coming up.
  • Sitting on my front porch with a cup of coffee and a magazine while my kids play.
  • Watching my husband take pride and excitement in our new home and listening to his plans for the future.
  • My mornings spent at home with my littlest. He starts Kindergarten in the Fall and I know I will miss his constant chatter and movement.
  • Watching my Dad play catch with Drake.
  • The smell of pumpkin bread cooking in my oven.
  • Friends who show up. There is not a better feeling in the world than knowing your friends, every single one of them, just show up when you need them the most.
  • Facetime. Sometimes we just need to see EE’s face.
  • Sports talk with my oldest. He goes on and on and on. But it is important to him so it is absolutely important to me.
  • Knowing if I don’t know the answer to something, that my mom will. Like how much mashed potatoes I should make for Thanksgiving or where I should hang that picture.
  • Big soft blankets, a fire and a glass of wine.
  • Opening up and filling our house with the people we love.
  • The many pieces of art work I find scattered all across my kitchen island done by my tiny artist.
  • Free Target shipping.
  • The most loyal and lovable dog who holds a special place in our family’s heart.
  • Grandparents that know all my kid’s favorite foods and will make it every time they come over.
  • Twinkling lights on my fireplace.
  • A new -to- me big camera that is on it’s way to my house right now so I can keep capturing the little moments.
  • Planning an ice skating date with my big boy and knowing that he will still be proud to hold my hand around the rink.
  • Finding a new Grinch sweater for my Grinch loving Charlie.
  • My husband’s chili.
  • 90’s on 9 XM radio.
  • Waking up to a quiet, dark ,chilly house and filling it with the smell of coffee and the sunrise.
  • A night around our firepit roasting marshmallows with friends.
  • The anticipation of the holidays with little kids and how the traditions I worked so hard to make are now written on their heart.

Unfortunately, this year, we found out the hard way that bad things happen to good people…bad things that you have absolutely no control over. But we also learned that we are all stronger than we ever knew we could be and are surround, near and far, by people who love us.

My heart is full and grateful, not just as I enter this season of joy and thanksgiving, but every single day.  The little moments in life really are the big moments that I never want to forget.


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