Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Little Things

{Even if one of those little things is a blurry iPhone photo of your kids, one of whom is on a see-food diet.}

You might not believe it if you stepped outside, but it's fall, y'all!

Arkansas is gorgeous this time of year, but I'm not one to rush out for a pumpkin spice latte. I don't understand how to tie scarves in a fancy fashion. I don't even like pie {save for lemon icebox which isn't exactly a fall staple}. However, the worst thing about fall is how quickly it's over. My indifference toward this season of change is dwarfed by my hatred of winter, and let me tell you - it is coming. History books are being rewritten because my father-in-law posted a picture of snow at his central Arkansas home. SNOW. This is unacceptable. Therefore I am breaking my blog silence {due to the fact that my brain is still reeling after snatching up Garth Brooks tickets} with a nod toward the fleeting fall. It's Theme Thursday*, friends!

Every year I write a Thanksgiving post outlining my family's thanks. We always stick to the biggies {faith, friends family}, but I also want to see the little things. We are still two weeks from the official holiday post, but boy, do I have thanks to give. In every moment, there are blessings to count. Now relax and grab a piping hot pumpkin something or another and check out a few of the little things I'm thankful for right now on this cold autumn afternoon:

  • Bun warmers in the car. And I'm not talking about keeping your lunch toasty, either.
  • The fact that Jonathan starts the shower for me each morning and makes the coffee before I get out.
  • That Owen shares animal cookies with his sister when the morning commute is too long.
  • Warm clothes, coats, and socks for my children - even if Owen is anti-sleeves.
  • Nathan's prayers at bedtime and the fact that he won't let me forget about them.
  • Lunch with friends. Lunch with margaritas. Lunch with friends AND margaritas.
  • The ending of Daylight Saving Time.
  • Being the favorite target for Nora's sloppy open-mouthed kisses.
  • Waking up warm every morning, even if I see one or two extra faces in my bed.
  • Waking up every morning, period.
  • Bright pansies bravely fighting the cold in my flower bed.
  • The gigantic, heavy brown throw blanket I carry around my house.
  • Every single "kiss-n-hug" Owen gives. Even if there are a dozen rounds at drop-off.

    Writing this made me smile, and I hope it did the same for you. I'm of the opinion that everybody needs a smile. This is just a peek into my life right now, in this pumpkin-flavored season. The thing about seasons, both literal and figurative, is that you can't stop their change. Open your eyes to the one you're in and actually see it. There's a chill on the air and winter is coming. Make the most of what you have now. What are you thankful for today?

    * I just made that up. Flying by the seat of my pants here, thanks to Garth Brooks.

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    Unknown said...

    Such sweet thoughts:)

    Jeanetta said...

    But the snow is so pretty. Get some insulated coveralls. Makes it much more bearable. I don't like the cold but i love the snow and have learned to prepare.

    Jamie said...

    Love this! I firmly believe it's important to notice the "little" things.

    Unknown said...

    Warm shower when you get out of bed? You are one lucky girl.