Savoring the gifts of life and love.

Recently at work, I had the pleasure of hearing a dietitian explain how to truly savor chocolate. It sounds kind of silly at first, right? Like, find it cleverly hidden in the pantry, pop it in your mouth, and hide the evidence before your four-year-old hears the wrapper crinkle. (Just me?) But in order to…

Sunday night gifts.

Sunday nights are bittersweet. Sometimes I love them, when I feel caught up, squeaky clean and prepped for the week. Scrubbed house, stocked fridge, steamed wardrobe, bathed babe, refreshed mind. There’s beauty in brand new weeks. Other times, I’m too easily sucked into the Sunday doldrums. This usually happens when I scrambling to get it…

Overwhelmed.

This morning, I was washing dishes while mentally running through my weekend to-do list. It’s a curse, really, this to-do list mentality. As I jotted down the tasks–heaping piles of laundry, grimy floors, coffee-stained car cup holders, finding time to rest to get over a lingering cough–I started to wonder: why must I always feel…

My cup runneth over.

It has been too long since I’ve counted His gifts. Every once in a while, usually when things are going well, I count in my head and give thanks. But writing them down is even more fulfilling. His gifts are all around me this lovely Saturday morning. They include: 1. the start of a three-day…

Forget about the weeds.

Even with the fatigue that accompanies my growing midsection, keeping my home clean is still at the top of my to-do list. Cleaning is something I naturally enjoy, and I go a little crazy if my house is out of order. (Plus, I have a wonderful hubby who cares and helps to keep casa Laxdal…

Saturday Smiles.

5 presents in the present: 1. Sweet new kicks. ‘Nuff said. 2. Mixing two of the best foods ever created: homemade mac ‘n cheese and (wait for it…) bacon. Kaboom! {Perhaps a good reason to break in the new sneakers?!} 3. This amazing salad today, to counteract the “mistake” above. 4. My husband, who spent…

Saturday Smiles.

7 presents in the present: 1. A broken dishwasher, meaning fried wires didn’t burn down our house. (And, I get a pretty new one next week.) 2. That my kitchen paint is no longer this lime green color we discovered behind our dishwasher. Lovely, huh? 3. That, even though blizzards bite, we’re not dealing with…

Satur{Sun}day Smiles.

9 gifts from yesterday that I’m still smiling about in the present: 1. Sleeping in. 2. Rising and shining to this sunny, snow-free view: 3. Awakening and Kindling. 4. A white chocolate peppermint mocha delivered bedside. 5. Together time over coffee. Both serious… 6. …and playful. 7. Delectable Thai + sushi lunch. 8. Spending the…

Saturday Smiles.

I’ve found that it’s impossible not to be happy when giving thanks. Finding things to be thankful for isn’t always easy, but it’s always possible. Here are 14 things I’m smiling about today: 1. This stage of life. 2. Breakfast at 3 a.m. 3. A no-longer-sore throat. 4. Friends having babies. 5. Spring on the…