When Life Boils Over

Day 47 – #HappyDay Challenge

Some days pots boil over, meetings run long, and a scratchy throat turns into a full blown cold. Hello, Life!

Welcome to my day.

But even with these small daily mishaps I am mining the day’s moments for happiness. Ya know what – they are there.

  1. My daughter called me. And that always makes me happy to hear her voice.
  2. I have ibuprofen on hand and a heating pad to ease the aches.
  3. I confirmed lunch plans with a wonderful girlfriend.
  4. The chili I made turned out pretty good despite the beans boiling over.

There you go. Four happy moments in a somewhat foggy day. And I know if I really spent some more time I could come up with a lot more blessings. But it’s time to be kind to myself and rest.

Sending you lots of happiness!

Love, April

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Joy of Giving

Day 46 – #HappyDay Challenge

How do you feel when you give freely?

Giving from the heart opens me to experience unmeasurable happiness. Have you ever experienced this joy in giving?

I began reading “Tattoos on the Heart” by Gregory Boyle, after hearing him speak on NPR. I admire him, a Jesuit priest, giving all he has to help the young people escape gang violence in L.A. What his book shows is all the good God can do in the face of poverty and days of uncertainty. How God can take the smallest kindness and magnify it into unrecognizable proportions.

Reading this book makes me want to give more. It makes me want to do more. Be more. My prayer today is that God blesses us all and uses our small gifts to help others in magnificent ways that’s only known to Him.

Love, April

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Kids Say The Cutest Things

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

Day 45 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Coming home I stepped out front to check on the herbs and one lone tomato plant. I planted the half a dozen plants just for fun and to prove to myself I could. And low and behold a tomato emerged! I’m so excited. This would have never have happened to me in Alaska.

While admiring God’s handiwork the kids across the street came running through my front yard chasing after their puppy, its leash trailing behind her. I greeted them happily.

The older girl, around 12 or so, let me pet the puppy. As I admired the little mixed auburn pup, her little brother and sister began to ask me questions. I love kid’s curiosity.

“Do you have a dog,” the little boy asked me. I said no. “Why not? Are you going to get a dog?” I could tell the way he looked at me he couldn’t imagine NOT having a dog.

I explained that I lived on my own and that I was away from home too much to have a dog and there wasn’t someone home to help take care of a dog. He nodded his head solemnly, “Are you going to get a husband?” I suppose that would solve being alone and then I could have a dog.

Oh, my goodness, I just laughed and laughed. His older sister, embarrassed, cheeks flushing, hustled them away. How cute are they!?!

I never really considered that as a reason to find a husband, but maybe I should have. Then I might have a husband and a dog. The kid might be onto something. Mmmmm.

Three Little Things

“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.” – Matt Bevin

Day 44 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Happy Cyber Monday💕

Are you still shopping? I had to give my budget a break so figured I’d focus on a few of the little things that brings pleasure with little to no cost. But trust me, I’m thinking about shopping for shoes… so many pretty shoes that never let me down. But that’s not for today’s post. Focus. Focus, April.

ok. Where was I? Oh yeah – little things.

Do you have small things that make you light up? You know, like that singular moment when you wake up ready to jump out of bed to face the work day, and then realize you don’t have to go to work? Your body melts back into your warm, cozy bed and all is right in the world again.

Here are a few of my little, happy things that cost nothing but bring me high value emotional returns:

  1. Pajama days! There is nothing better in my world than spending a lazy day at home with nothing scheduled. PJ days are there to recharge from the hectic pace we typically set for ourselves. Especially during the holidays. For all of you Type A personalities go ahead and calendar a Pajama Day. Set aside your coziest PJs, stock up on yummy treats, movies, books, magazines, bubble bath in your favorite scent. The sky’s the limit. This works even with a family at home. It’s a fantastic time to reconnect. Some of my favorite memories with my kids happened on Pajama Days. But plan nothing. Just let the day unfold. Bonus points if you disconnect from technology!
  2. Sharing a hug, a kiss, with your favorite person. Treasure these little moments. Because someday they will disappear. The older I get the more I treasure these microseconds of connection. It means more and more to me as I move through life’s stages. Kids grow up. People leave, either willingly or due to passing on. This is life. Embrace those hugs while you can.
  3. An unexpected card or letter in the mail, a text message just because, a phone call or a comment in my posts, always lifts my spirits and makes me smile. I think life is about connection. And connecting makes me happy.

I’ve shared three small things that bring me joy at little cost, now it’s your turn. What three little things nourishes you? What brings you joy?

Cheers!

❤️

Turn A Light On

Day 43 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Sunday errands complete, I arrived home with a happy find – guest room lamps! I braved HomeGoods this morning for a rolling pin since I haven’t found mine since the move and decided I needed to replace it. Anyway, as I wandered the store I discovered a pair of lamps that will work upstairs.

That being said, it’s time to buckle down and review my budget (which I’ve decimated with travel and the Holidays). All these little extra finds are adding up. Does that ever happen to you? I try not to wait until the new year to revisit my budget. By then I will need a stern talking to and banned from shopping for the foreseeable future. Who am I kidding. I think I’m there right now. It’s time to put my wallet away. Thank goodness my holiday shopping is done.

Cheers!

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Des Moines Airport – heading home

Day 42 – #100HappyDays Challenge

I’m going home. I’ll be happy – eventually. Only right now I’m a little sad at leaving the guys and Mr. Abraham. The Des Moines airport is quiet here in the early hours. The comparison between Houston and Des Moines can be summed up by their airports.

But Houston is calling and I have things to get back to. Like work. I checked my work email a few days ago and ran through things, sorting them into actions or deleting the junk. It should make catching up a bit easier later today.

Talk to me about Black Friday…did you shop? I am watching the news scroll by with a story about Amazon opening brick and mortar stores. They already have Whole Foods but this goes beyond the specialty grocery store. It’s just fascinating to me how company’s shift and change to capture more and more of our dollars.

Home.

Cheers!

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Happy Black Friday. Are you shopping?

Day 41 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Today is Black Friday. It’s the day when the holiday shopping madness officially begins. It’s a scary thought. Are you out there shopping? Or, like me, do a little online shopping? It’s a great time for deals even online in the comfort of your home over a cup of coffee.

The guys were up early and out the door. I packed them both bags of baked goods, complete with cinnamon rolls, to share with their early morning teams. I’m hoping the treats keep them motivated throughout the shopping madness.

Today is my last day in Des Moines. I head home tomorrow morning on the 6am flight. 😳 I’ve enjoyed my visit but I can feel it’s time to get back to my real life and give my son and Gregg back their time. I’m sure they are ready, but I’ll miss them.

We took some cute pictures on Thanksgiving in front of the Tree Beau put up. Picture almost perfect memories. LoL. You should have seen us trying to get Mr. Abraham to look at the camera with his ears up. Oh well. A few of my happiness moments.

Cheers!

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