Little Joys

What are the little things that make you happy? I was thinking today about how it really is the little things in life that tip the scales from day to day. The little things can get under our skin and make us really unhappy, grumpy, stressed, or angry. And it's the little things that can really make our hearts sing. In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm feeling the love. Here are a few little things I'm happy and grateful for today.

The hollow sound of ice cracking when you step on it. Preferably a big thick piece.

Theo kissing me on the leg when I get home and saying he missed me.

Coco showing me how she turns out her legs while she points her toes for ballet "like I'm showing you a sticker on my heel, mama." How true!

Watching TV with J and talking and not worrying about what we miss.

Having a lovely, laughter-filled coffee break with the girls at work.

The nice feeling of washing my face and applying all my serums, lotions and creams before bed. (Seriously, this is my new me-time;)

Red wine by the fire.

Bringing Theo and Coco into the big bed and snuggling my little cuties in the morning before we get up for the day.

Slyly watching Theo and Coco in the rearview mirror as they sing along with the radio in the car.


Dry shampoo. There is still no greater miracle.

Watching people eat (and rave about!) the jam I made last summer.


Telling J about my day and hearing about his.


I hope you're remembering the little things today. Happy Valentine's Day! Sleep well tonight. xo


  1. This is so sweet! And the colors in your photos are dreamy! Some little things: I like my Norwex towels and how each one has a specific purpose and its own little hook. I love it when we get home from being out and about and Hunter immediately takes off his shoes and puts them neatly in the closet and hangs up his coat. I love that when I put Paloma to bed she puts both arms in the air so I can tuck her blanket in, and then after I do she puts down her arms and smiles at me. I love the first few minutes in bed when Isaiah and I cuddle under his blanket and scratch each others back, and then I retreat to my side of the bed and my blanket ;)

    1. That is the best list! I love the description of darling Paloma at bedtime. Swoon! And yes to the own sides of the bed and blankets. Love it all!! xoxoxo

  2. Silvia's eyelashes when she is asleep. The smell in the air of things growing and the world waking up after winter. The sound of horses coming down the lane. My husband's hands when he draws or sketches. Feeling my old old house breathe and settle down in the middle of the night.

  3. My son's voice through the babyphone when he is trying to calm his younger sister who wakes up crying. The first snowbells in the garden after a long winter. The first icecream on our doorstep in the sunshine even though it's still winter. My best friend who asks me "How does that make YOU feel?" when I tell her about my dad's illness. My son running towards me when I pick him up from preschool. My kids holding hands while we walk home, talking to each other. Taking a nap after reading a few pages in a book I didn't think I would enjoy so much.

    1. I love this!!! And so German that you eat ice cream in the winter. When J lived in Germany the second or third time, someone asked him what was a really German thing to him and he said that Germans eat ice cream all year long! ;) I'm sorry to hear about your dad, but glad you have supportive friends around. Thank you for sharing your list. So beautiful. xoxoxo


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