Sweetness and Joy

Finding the Sweetness and Joy in Motherhood and Everyday Life

the first Thursday Thanks of 2015


I want to remember to be joyful in the present moment; like when a butterfly lands on your little girl’s hand.

Today I am thankful for:

  1. 1. my children
  2. 2. the luxury of being home with them
  3. 3. hot running water
  4. 4. the sweet smell of clean baby
  5. 5. soft footie pajamas on little feet, and big kid feet
  6. 6.  the pleasant homework load they have, not overbearing, just enough to talk about what they did and for them to show off a bit of what they’ve learned
  7. that I and everyone else in our society expects that all my children will receive a quality education, not just my boys, not just the one I can afford to send. Think about that for a minute. That hasn’t always been the case, and still isn’t in a lot of the world.
  8. a safe, comfortable place for all of us to sleep, in warm, cozy beds.
  9. lots of stories to read, and that they still want to snuggle and read with me.
  10. that one-in-fifty chance of actually being able to put together an outfit you saw on pinterest with things you have in your closet right now. that happened today.
  11. the internet. have I mentioned I think it’s awesome?
  12. food. I think it’s pretty awesome too.
  13. quality medical and dental care, and the means to access it.  I know I ‘ve said it before, but I have been without before, so it’s a big, huge deal to me.
  14. I can take a shower or do laundry whenever I want. When I worked in homeless shelters, women were assigned times to take showers. If you missed your time, too bad for you.  I have been thankful for the ability to do as I wish ever since.
  15. the abundance of clean, safe, pleasant and convenient  parks near my house.
  16. safe, reliable, comfortable transportation to reach the things that aren’t so near my house.
  17. that the children in my house are kind, interesting and interested people.
  18. for my husband. I think he’s awesome too.
  19. all natural vanilla ice cream.  you’d think it’d be boring, but it’s so not.
  20. a fresh new year, to find new things to be thankful for.
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