June 29, 2011


"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. 
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."  Lao Tzu

I sometimes get caught up in what I don't have. I find myself daydreaming about the glorious stress of journalism courses. A huge wedding. Another baby, even.

Maybe I'll get all of those things one day, and maybe, none of them. But what I already have is so very rich.

I have a husband. He works so we have a roof over our head. He comes home and drops loose coins into a mason jar on the dresser, telling me what he's made that day. He doesn't mind that I blog, and that I even write about him sometimes. He can catch me two second before I fall asleep, and tell me something goofy that is worth the waking up. Sometimes he brings me things, like a box of Junior mints or a pot of bright yellow mums. He's handsome and funny. And we've worked so hard for this marriage.

I have a daughter. She always amazes me with simplicity. Little things, like how she learned to clap her hands today, keep me mesmerized and give me me more pride than anything on earth. She grabs my face with both hands, giving me open mouthed wet kisses on my cheek, the kind that smell like baby shampoo and animal crackers. She's so smart already. She can turn the day around with a solitary smile or a squealing belly laugh. Though it's not said with meaning yet, her 'mamamama' chatter stops my heart unlike anything. And I know every mother says the same of their children, but that means I also get the right; I think she is the most beautiful girl in the world. If she stops traffic now, I can't even imagine when she's grown.

This is my family- small, and probably like every other family to those who pass us by.
I have an inside view, though.
And the view is breathtaking.

P.S. With all that said, I hope you concentrate on what you don't have. Why? Because very soon, I will be having a small giveaway just for my readers, for something sweet, delicious, and one of a kind. Stay tuned.

7 kind comments from you:

beka said...

hehehe, i love the "traffic stopper".
so true;)
she's got a cute couple as her mummy and daddy!

i. love. this.

beka said...

p.s. ---can't wait to see what the giveaway is!!

Mrs G said...

i *loved* this post. praise God for blessing us so much more than we could hope to deserve :) thanks for reminding me to count my own blessings today.

Kaylee said...

I was reading a Bible verse the other day that asked God for one of two things: that He would not give me riches nor poverty, but simply enough for each day. (Proverbs 30:7-9). Your post is yet another reminder of the little things that I must be mindful and thankful of, so that I can see how truly blessed I am, even in the midst of crazy and conflict. Thanks for sharing!

vintch said...

this was such a sweet, beautiful, heartfelt post. i love the way you write, and the way you love your simple, gorgeous life. because in appreciating it, you build it up to something spectacular.

Mrs. H said...

I do that sometimes too...but what's even better is getting a little something more when you hadn't even asked for it! :D
Can't wait to see your giveaway :)

The New "Normal" said...

Beautiful post. It's always nice to be reminded to think of the things that you do have, rather than dwelling on what you don't. Thanks for sharing!
Oh, and I love the header on your blog!

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