The Simple Things
I wake this morning feeling blessed. It doesn't take much to make feel this way. Its the simple things in my life that bring smiles to my heart. I'm not a showy, flowery, extravagant type of person. Plain, simple, classic, elegant. Thats my style(except when we are talking hair bows for my girls. I think we can all agree that bigger is always better!).
When choosing a home for our family? Simple made me smile. No extra rooms. Just enough for our family and a big enough closet to convert into that nursery I just knew we would be adding some day. Decorating? Less is always more. Nice, neat, well loved items. Simplicity. Thats what I like. Cars? Don't need anything new. Don't care if its cool or fast or the "one everyone else is driving". Just make sure it is reliable, clean, and paid for. Its that simple.
Yesterday the simple things that surrounded me brought the greatest joy to my heart. A knock on the door. It was Dave. Thats all it took, a simple knock. Chubby little hands applauding something only she knew was fabulous enough to warrant those applause. My heart was overwhelmed as I watched her exhibit her appreciation for what I do not know. Laughter from the backseat of my sister's car that was coming from two kids who seemed like the weight of the world had been lifted once they knew they were going to see their cousins for the holiday. I grew silent as I tried to identify the laughter and assign it to each face I knew was in the car. Standing back a few feet and watching Dave so proudly push his little girl in that stroller. He is the official driver whenever he comes to visit. Its such a simple thing to see, but it gives me such a feeling of happiness. Looking across the room to see two bodies, one large and one small, curled up on the little bed for a nap. Both of them snoring and content to be snuggled together. Conversation about nothing with my best friend. We could be visiting about dirt and I wouldn't care. I just love talking with him. He makes my heart happy. Her car seat. Each time I buckle her into it I have this sense of freedom. We are free to go outside, to take a walk, to come back as late as I would like. It is so simple, but to us it is a valuable gift that can not be taken for granted. Working a puzzle, playing scrabble, sharing a basket of fries, all things that will bring me much joy to reflect upon once he is gone again. Tucking Ashley Kate into bed underneath a quilt that I know each and every stitch of it came straight from my sister's heart. I love that she can rest underneath a blanket of love and prayers. Holding his hand as I drifted off to sleep last night, and then waking early enough to just listen to him breathe as he rested. So simple, but so appreciated. My life is blessed. Blessed beyond anything I could have ever dreamed, and blessed so much more than I deserve.
Ashley will have a scope and biopsy this afternoon to check for recurring rejection. Her stool outputs remain too high and we would like to be careful and jump on it early if we need too. Her appointment went ok yesterday afternoon, and our meeting today is being rescheduled. We don't know what time just yet, but she has to have the scope done at 2:00. So much going on today that I really need to "simply" get on it. Its time to give morning meds and hang Ash's fluids for her scope. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your gifts. Camille, the package arrived and it blessed my heart! The slippers ARE wonderful. Thank you. Amy, I love each and every item. Thank you, and tell Kyle how much we loved his picture, his drawings, and the gifts. The ornament makes me smile each time I look at it and I can see his face and his big heart. Thank you. Linda, thank you for the package. The mustard seed and devotional book have brought me such encouragement on some really tough days. Your thoughtfulness blessed me more than you will ever know.
I hope you all have a wonderful day as you simply enjoy what God has given. You have all been such a blessing in my life and I thank you. We will let you know how our meeting goes. Take care and God bless. Trish