Sometimes it’s the little things in life.
Here’s to gratitude for a weekend full of twists and turns as well as joyous and quiet moments…

“It’s the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

Family plans coming and going,
Times with friends — young and old,
Cleaning, purging, and reorganizing,
Buckets of rocks gathered and more digging of roots.
Soccer tournament with game times subject to change,
Soccer games on turf with nearly 100 degree temperatures.
And so much more.

But it’s the little things in life that offer undeniable beauty and joy.
The neighbor who helps in a car jam,
The simple spaces in a back porch — inviting morning coffee and quiet moments.

indoor garden space

A surprise birthday cake courtesy of Emma — lime flavored and so delicious!

birthday cake

A reminder that it was C. S. Lewis who said, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” Ahhh, yes!  This year, I say “Yes!” Let’s embrace new goals and believe new dreams.

Books to read and reread,
A brand new journal (and fun pens) to gather a myriad of thoughts and ideas.

books and journal

A fresh griddle of french toast with homemade bread,
And most important, the whole family together to enjoy it.

griddle of french toast

Indeed, sometimes it’s the little things that awaken gratitude and awareness of the beauty around us.  May this be a new day for you, full of little things.

A new day:
Be open enough to see opportunities.
Be wise enough to be grateful.
Be courageous enough to be happy.
(Dr. Steve Maraboli)

I so enjoy hearing from you.  What are the little things that offer meaning and awaken gratitude for you?  How do you embrace a new day or moment in life?

Coming up…

Roots and Wings — a look back at Emma’s trip to Zambia last summer and thoughts on Conley preparing for his senior year.

And then…
Renovations of Home and Heart — parallel journeys offering insights and guiding each other.