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…

The promise of spring.

Even though winter is taking its sweet, sweet time and overstaying its welcome, this we can know for sure: spring is coming. I cannot wait to see colors again: I’m dreaming of warmth, and sunshine, and cotton-candy clouds and grass between toes. But most of all, I’m dreaming of rain: The winter-to-spring transition works like…

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…

Ashes, ashes, we fall down.

Like many of you, I’m feeling a tad exhausted tonight. My head has been pounding and my inbox has been flooding all day long. What I really want right now is to curl up with the amazing book I’m currently reading (Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers) and read until my eyelids feel heavier than…