Twice last week friends asked me what I was up to, besides work, and I struggled to think of anything. Thanks to BlessedToBe's "Little Happies" I decided it was the perfect time to reflect on the little things have brought me joy in the midst of this busy season.
1. Daffodils - I picked up these lovely flowers for $1.49 at the grocery store last week. Amazing, I know! They make me smile whenever I walk past them. As long as they are in stock I plan to keep them blooming at home.
2. Puzzle - My dear hubby decided to give up tele.vision for Lent. Kudos to him! The first week or two were pretty rough ...until we decided to buy a jigsaw puzzle. We are working on a view of St. Peter's Basilica from the river, at sunset. Our evenings have been filled with "puzzle-ing", listening to music, and chatting. It's such great quality time together. When this one is done, we just might have to start another one.
3. My sister's blog, Struggling with Surrender - My sweet, younger sister has a tough cross. Please send some prayers her way. A few weeks ago she started posting something she is grateful for every day. This is often easier said than done, for anyone struggling. I am inspired by her efforts to be thankful, and appreciate the little things. I know she would be blessed if you paid her blog a visit. ;)
4. Pedicure - This is one of my favorite splurges when the weather gets warmer (ok, maybe that still awhile in coming). I go to a little place owned by an asian family and for about $25 my feet feel happy, and my toenails look pretty for the next month. I can't wait for sandal weather.
5. Pan.dora - I've been using the Pan.dora radio app at work and the gym lately. My favorite two stations are "Tenth Avenue North Radio", which is one of my favorite Christian bands, and "Jim Gaff.igan Radio", which produces 6-8 minute clips of clean, funny comedians. A great pick-me-up for sure!
6. New book - Hypothical Future Baby: An Unsentimental Adoption Memoir. A gal in my infertility support group recommended this book to me. I am only a fifth of the way in, but love, luv, love it! It's the story of a couple from England who, being unable to conceive, embarked on a journey to adopt a baby from Ethiopia. It is funny, heartwarming, sad, and joy-filled. As the author talks about the lows of infertility, the draining process of adoption, her hopes for her baby, and her faith in God, it feels like we are chatting over a cup of tea, sharing our hearts, and even laughing together at the situations we find ourselves in. It's been awhile since I've picked up an adoption-related book, and I'm glad I started with this one.
It's so good to pause and remember that even in this busy season, I have much to be grateful for!
Thanks for stopping by. Peace and blessings to you this week.