My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Simple Joys

Today has been a great day.  Nothing exceptional has happened, but my heart feels swollen with gratitude for the ordinary, wonderful things that make life sweet.

We went to the park this morning and I watched my boys dig like crazy in the sand and go down the slide again and again. 

Jonah got to go to McDonalds with a friend, and is thrilled with his little toy.

Josh and Savannah surprised me by cleaning the house while I ran an errand.

Caleb was worried about hurting my feelings by not spending enough time at home.

It POURED  this afternoon, and the kids all ran and danced and sang in the rain.

I listened to a talk by President Monson, and felt my heart grow a little softer and a little bigger.

We celebrated Josh’s birthday, and he couldn’t be happier with his little gifts.  Nerf darts, a combination lock, an origami set, some Fuzzoodles, and a game.  Best of all, he’s sharing with everyone.


Life is sweet.


  1. What a wonderful day! I'm glad you wrote about it. We tend to later remember the big events in our lives, and forget the day to day joys.