Here I am, Wednesday morning, reminding myself to be filled with joy in little things. I've never been one to make much of a 'deal' of Valentine's Day - or really holidays in general, but I am trying to be more crafty and creative with this for Emerson to have memories and traditions. We found a cute mailbox in the $1 section at Target recently that we are using for love notes until Valentine's Day. More on that later in a separate post, but I hope it will remind me to be intentional and purposeful, and to really think on why we celebrate love and how we love others. Semi-along those lines, here are things from my phone, from my day yesterday that I loved:
1. The spring weather in January that let Noah's Ark meet the farm animals for outside playtime. The farm (which used to be mine as a child) comes with a feeding trough - Emerson lined all of the animals and people up to wait their turn to have something to eat. And she made a munching noise as each of them took their turn. She is at her heart, a turn taker, such a nurturer, and loves animals.
2. 3 John 1:4 "I have no greater joy than this, than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." I know that this isn't her choice yet, but her childlike faith fills me with such joy and I expectantly wait and hope for the day that I can speak this verse over her. Given a choice of 10 things to do, her number one choice every time would be to read her Bible. Unless, maybe one of the choices involves a sucker. That might win. I had the door open as I was making dinner last night and the gate up on the porch, and she and Salem walked outside with Raffi and her Bible and sat down and hung out and read for quite awhile. Precious.
3. Speaking of dinner, here is Terry's dinner from last night. After a hard week at work, I was happy to spice up his life with bacon on his sandwich - I know, again, living on the edge - and we love our panini maker. It could change your life, just ask my mom. We gave her one for Christmas and I think she has used it 3-4 times/week since then!