I've followed my friend Lisa's trail back to Christina at Soul Aperture: the simple things. Christina has challenged us to blog about the simple things that bring joy to our lives. When you link up at her blog, and for everyone who participates, her family will donate $1 to Doctors Without Borders. How could I refuse this challenge, as sweet as it is.
Here are my simple things...
a partially read book and time to wallow in it; small, quiet moments in the car to work out world problems with my husband; the pitter patter of feet in the morning; soft, sweet hugs and sloppy boy kisses; first words and unexpected words; deep understanding and heartfelt sympathy from the small people in my life; holding hands; running; swimming; wind in my hair; deep, warm baths
the smell of my kid's hair after a bath; story time; giggles; tears and then arms lifted high for me; lit up little eyes when I walk in the room
time with my mom; making my parents laugh when I apologize for things I did, now that I see it from the other side
and yet, the quiet cuddles in the middle of the night when there is no sleep
help from my friends and family; growing understanding; time for thought and people to work thoughts out with; the internet, because old friends are easier to be with there and new friends can be found
picnicking in the park; running through sprinklers; little boys wrestling then hugging each other then wrestling again
the look of amazement on my older son's face the first time he held his brother