Five Things

1. Last night, my husband came in after working late and asked if he could run and get us a snack to enjoy while we watched a show together. That sounded like the best plan ever. He ran and picked us up two Chipotle burrito bowls right before they closed and then returned home for us to relax together on the sofa. It is these simple things that I might have taken for granted in the past, but now, I appreciate so dearly. I love this man. I love our home. I love our life together. And I LOVE CHIPOTLE.

2. I’ve used cloth napkins for as long as I can remember. They save money, are better for the environment, and look so much nicer. I don’t have anything fancy; they’ve all either been thrifted or passed along to me from someone else. My maternal grandmother gave me some beautiful hankies before she passed and I originally intended to add them to my napkin stash, not sure what else to do with them. But then we all got colds and as I don’t keep tissues in the house, I started to reach for the hankies. As with the cloth napkins, they are pretty to look at, save money, and are reusable. I’ve also found them to be much more gentle on the kids’ skin. I’m using her gift in the way they were intended and each time I reach for one I think of her. I think my grandma would like that.

3. I’m almost done reading Little Women and that makes me sad. What a difference it’s been, reading it at this stage of life! I found it to not only be the story I know and love, but also so encouraging and inspiring as a wife and mom. I’ve also been reading Speeches That Changed The World and that has been fascinating. Next up: Eight Flavors; The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman and Just Kids by Patti Smith.

4. My brother and sister-in-law are coming over for dinner this weekend. I can’t wait to see them and hear all about their baby news (she is due in May).

5. We had a Red Tail Hawk hunting in our backyard all day yesterday. It was so gorgeous and majestic. Then, while the kids and I were in the woods on a walk, we stumbled upon a huge doe, just a few feet in front of us. She startled us and we certainly startled her. The walk was cold but utterly refreshing.

Sometimes we all need to unplug a bit, leave behind the duties and distractions of our daily life, and get outside. We need to remember that there is a larger world out there. We need to time time to notice all that was created and deemed “Good.” We need to think about things that are outside of ourself. Nothing can soothe the weary mind like a few simple elements: sun, earth, sky.

I read something this week by an author I respect. She said that we were never meant to constantly take in the news. We were never meant to consume, consume, consume. We were meant to take in bits at a time and then have some time and space to process. Sometimes, we can’t find that time and space to process all that is happening unless we literally walk away. Take a walk. Get outside. Look up.

You won’t regret it.

Happy Friday, darlings!


2 thoughts on “Five Things

  1. Aww, congrats to your brother and SIL! I don’t buy paper napkins either – I much prefer linen. I only use paper napkins for seasonal snacking – more as decoration than anything.

    Love that thought about constantly taking in news. I’ve really been trying to log totally out of Facebook during the weekends. It’s just too much! I need a break and I never regret it.

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