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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.