Thursday, July 31, 2014

A while.

It's been a while hasn't it? While I've been away, I have been writing down every day moments for my daily thankfuls.  You know... those little daily happenings that bring on a burst of heart joy, followed by thankfulness?  Here are some of my thankful/joy list moments from the summer, so far....
 Laughing with Alli, my life long bestie at the roller rink and watching our children build sweet relationships and knowing that if they have even a fraction of what we have, they will be friends indefinitely.

That gorgeous photo of Ava in the bushes with a floppy hat and white dress on and the unexpected giggles of getting all wet as we splashed out into the lake for that perfect shot and then laughing and laughing as we drove home soaking wet to the burst of gorgeous colors in the sky as the sun set.

Taking half the summer to slowly put together a cozy little nook area in my master bedroom.

Getting a spray tan.

A job well done and feeling tired but happy at the end of a day.

Creme brulee body lotion that makes my husband comment every night, that I smell amazing.

Forgiveness from my family after that night that I had the shortest fuse and sent everyone to bed at 7pm, including myself.
 Bursting into laughter at the dinner table over something Joe said that I honestly would probably have been irritated by normally, and watching it explode the whole group into laughter.  And the reminder of what a merry heart can do and how I set the emotional tone in my family, as the mama.

That day Joe made me laugh when he made up a song on his guitar about trying to get that girl to quit texting him. 

Nurse Nicki having a deep talk with me in the moment because we both really needed to pour our hearts out to someone. 

Going for that run with Ava and her patience with my very out of shape self.

Feeling stronger.

That time I was supposed to be packing for our long weekend away but instead I decided to paint our very real life, messy armoire with leftover Miss Mustard Seed milk paint and how it made the whole room smile with a fresh look.
The night my man got home from work and I had just had it.  It was hot and sweaty day, I'd come home after work to itty bitty styrofoam pieces everywhere (counter tops, floors, etc.) after my kids had scratched their names and other things all over the styrofoam casings of our new schoolhouse pendant lighting, and I was struggling emotionally with a relationship on top of all that.  He picked up the light as dinner was just starting to get underway and started taking off the old fixture.  I stared at him and asked, "Are you installing the new light... right now?"  He said, "Yeah, why not?" and I cried.  Small thing... but such a BIG thing for my heart since I didn't even have to ask him and had just figured that I'd have to work on it at some point that week. 

Denim slipcovers.

Watching how tender both Joe and Ava are with their younger cousins and how sweetly they offer piggy back rides, patiently build things with legos and be the very picture of gentle love.

How Joe took responsibility for mowing our neighbor's yard this summer.

Deep talks about responsibility with my kids and seeing how they are maturing. 

Ava, bringing home a book for me from the neighborhood borrow-a-book box.
 Going to sleep with the hum of fans.

Fresh flowers from my cutting garden and harvesting all kind of yummy things like beans and tomatoes.

An unexpectedly delightful Pride and Prejudice adaptation.

Furry rugs and soft pillows. 

Talking to Becky even though she was sick and getting caught up.

Finding two floral mugs for tea time.

Time on the front porch to rock in the rocker and sip my mama's iced tea recipe.
 My fiddle leaf fig surviving a transplant and sprouting new leaves.

Saying no to things and feeling intense freedom.

Getting to freshen sheets and bedding for overnight guests and that my man cut hydrangeas from our yard and shook out all the spiders for me so I could fill a jug with them to greet our guests. 

My kids, taking turns to come up with and then prepare dinner.

A cobalt blue swim suit with a ruffle at the bottom, on sale.

A long talk with Betsy, at the end of a dock with feet swirling in lake water and kiddos jumping in non-stop, splashing us the whole time.

Text messages during working hours from my husband because he knows how much that means to me.

Girl talk with my daughter.
 My son's hair.

Spontaneous time spent at my brother's house as we headed home from vacation and helping Holli redecorate her house in our heads.  Visiting way longer than we planned and leaving reluctantly.  Watching my son admire my brother and squishing my niece in one last hug... and how long it takes us to get off the front porch because that's when we seem to have the best conversations.  

Nice repair men who do the job well and are kind to my children.

Evening walks with my daughter, and holding hands or linking arms. 

Drop in visitors.

Waiting in line for a Pina Colada slushie and laughing and making friends with perfect strangers in front of us. 

Otter pops in the fingers of my children's hands.
Cool evenings to water the flowers and marvel at the beauty.


The smell of clean sheets, freshly laundered.

Coconut scented shampoo and lotion.

My sister in law Char, dropping in because she just needed to talk.  Getting to be there for her in her current season.

Art work sales from my shop.

Watching the pure joy on my children's faces as they got off the roller coaster and laughing at what a chicken I am. 

Going tandem on the big waterslides.

Coming home.

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  1. Love this post . . . just full of summer sweetness and inspiration! Thank you . . . from a loyal reader from Ohio. ♥

  2. I've been checking back to see if you've posted anything! (I'm subscribed, but you know, just in case.) And this is just the kind of post I needed today. :)

    Your summer sounds great, even with all the messes of life and sin thrown in there! I think I need to start keeping a list of these for a while.

  3. Beautiful summery thankful thoughts! I imagined each and every thing on your thankful list and was refreshed. Now I need to go write my own :-)

    Blessings and hugs Sasha!

    Love you

  4. Great post Sasha, we should all do one like this each week just to keep our minds on all the blessings we have. With such busy lives things can get crazy quickly and we forget all the "small" things that mean SO MUCH.

    Thanks for the gently reminder, you are such an inspiration. THANK YOU my friend. ~Hugs~

    P.S. LOVE the light fixture! :-)

  5. What beautiful memories... and beautiful pictures too! I'm going to have to re-read this post on my laptop later as my phone doesn't do justice to your wonderful photography! I must know, what was the Pride and Prejudice adaptation (in case it's one I've missed!)

  6. These made my heart smile really big this morning. So, so many things to be thankful for and we often forget the simplest. Thanks for reminding me of that. Blessings for a beautiful weekend!

  7. Lots of beautiful things to be thankful for, indeed. Maybe that is part of my "funk" this summer... I have forgotten gratitude and focused on the "hard", instead. beautiful post, thank you!

  8. I've missed you. And your posts. But this one was worth waiting for! What an uplifting post--and a great reminder. I need to get back to writing in my Gratitude journal! It really does make a difference. (And I want to see more pics of your denim slipcovers!)

  9. It truly is the small things that are the most important. Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. You make summer sound awesome. I need to slow down now and enjoy like you do!

  11. What a gorgeous summer you've had, Sasha! So many lovely and REAL memories - none of them precocious or materialistic - just PURE and joyful. You really make me want to be more grateful for the everyday moments and to take more time to enjoy life. Thank you SO much for sharing. This has to be one of my favourite posts!

  12. Great list. I am guessing you found the "Lizzie Bennett Diaries"? I just found them myself and watched all the episodes in a matter of days. I couldn't stop!! Love the new light fixture.