The Little Things

I meant to write this post on Saturday, and then on Sunday. And today. Here it is, 10:00 p.m. on Monday night, and I’m finally sitting down to write my gratitude list for this week. The truth is, I spent Saturday recovering from our last out-of-town specialist appointment of the month. I also celebrated 13 years since I met my wonderful husband on a blind date. (You can read that story here.) Yesterday afternoon I prepared soup for my family’s supper and then took a nap while it warmed up in the crock pot. I spent the evening snuggling with my hubby while we watched TV.

Today I did lessons with the girls and then spent four hours making gluten-, milk-, and egg-free cookies, iced and sprinkled, for their fall party at dance tonight. Then I went to dance with them and enjoyed that whole experience.

All little things. Things I could have said “no” to so I could sit at the computer, writing blog posts and posting updates to Facebook and Twitter. But I chose not to do those so I could be present in the moment, enjoying time with my husband and children. Precious moments  I’ll never get back if I waste them.

This week, instead of trying to think of the big things I’m thankful for, I’m going to list the little things:

#1451. A family to spend time with.

#1452. Strength to walk away from the computer for a while and enjoy my family.

#1453. Recipes that allow me to prepare food to accommodate Princess Roo’s limited diet that still tastes great. (This taco soup recipe came from Simplified Dinners – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Edition.)

#1454. Strength and health to handle four hours on my feet baking and decorating cookies with the girls for their dance parties.

#1455. Ability to spend three hours at the dance studio to see them experience their fall parties.

#1456. Friends in our “dance family” that make those three hours fun.

#1457. Laughing with the girls at my stick figure drawings as we begin another Grapevine Studies Bible study of the birth of Jesus. (Their drawings are better than mine.)

#1458. A heater that works to keep us warm on chilly fall nights.

#1459. Princess Roo’s giggles.

#1460. Listening to BookGirl tell me what’s happening in the latest book she’s reading.

What little things are you thankful for?

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7 Responses to The Little Things

  1. Robin says:

    Hi Jennifer! Just wanted to stop in to say hi. My presence has been obsolete lately, as I too, have been living in the moment with “life”. Glad to see all is well and you are finding that balance that is often so hard to achieve. Take care!

    • I’m so glad you left a comment to let me know! You are often in my thoughts. I’m glad you are enjoying the moment with your family. Email me when you have a chance and catch me up!

  2. Lindsay @ Bytes of Memory says:

    Yay for yummy food and recipes to meet princess Roo’s diet restrictions! Sounds like a wonderful week with lots of things to be thankful for!

  3. Jenn says:

    A beautiful post!
    The simple joys of each day make everything else bearable:)

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