Ahh, that post-vacation crash! Can anyone relate? It’s been a long couple of weeks around here.
When I’m down, the little things in life can be such pick-me-ups, like the opportunity to finish your coffee while it’s still warm, or a surprise package from your sister-in-law with a new dress and the best chocolate ever, or the quiet joy that settles over your soul when your little one burrows in for a goodnight story.
Lena’s uncle Jonathan texted me a couple of weeks ago and asked what Lena’s favorite animal was. Random! And then… this! He drew her an awesome picture and wrote her a sweet note. It made her day! Thank you, Uncle Jonny.
For weeks after we receive a piece of mail, my kids carry the cards around, put them on the fridge, pretend to read the messages, and talk about the pictures. Of course, seeing this inspires me to write more letters or send more packages. Do you make time to write letters and send packages?
My friend Jamie just moved and, as she was unpacking, she discovered a gigantic box of books that her kids have outgrown. She decided to the whole box to us! When it arrived, it was like Christmas morning.
The kids and I have discovered so many treasures in the box, including The Little Engine That Could, The Snowy Day, Pat the Bunny, and The Snowman. However, we already have some of the books, and at first I wasn’t sure what to do with all the duplicates. Then I had a eureka moment — I’ll donate them to the library. Hopefully hundreds of kids will get to enjoy these books over the years. A gift that keeps on giving.
Thank you so much, Jamie!
And lastly: Gil’s toes. Because baby toes make the world go round. Sturdy feet on wobbly legs as a wee little man learns to walk… it’s almost impossible to top a moment like that!
What are you thankful for this week?