I stood up in church on Sunday and thanked God for the perfectly simple life I have at the moment.
I know that the perfect or the simple part won’t last forever and that in any given day there can be imperfections ranging from mild to overwhelming.
But I am happy.
And I would be a horrible person if I didn’t look around at all that I have and not revel in gratitude. Today was one of those days when stuff got done. The laundry is all folded and put away, a majority of major surfaces are tidy and swept and everyone had a pleasant attitude and three square meals.
I feel as though the things I love have swelled up like toasted marshmallows and swallowed everything else that is unpleasant and painful.
I am being smothered by puffy love marshmallows.
I get to wake up and spend 7 uninterrupted hours with this face. This perfect chubby face. She sings to me, I kiss the bridge of her nose. She lays her head on my chest and I tickle her back until she snorts.
At two o’clock the big one comes home and I get to spend four hours reveling in just how much the big one loves the little one. Addie would do anything for her baby sister, the love they share has thawed any cold places I ever had leftover in my heart.
At six o’clock the biggest one of all comes through the door, changes his pants and plays on the floor until both of them are fast asleep.
At eleven o’clock I get to crawl in bed with the biggest one, shove my cold toes between his knees and fall asleep curled up by his side. He lets me, even though I know he’s not comfortable and very tired of my cold feet invading his warm places.
As if that all weren’t enough to revel in everyday, there are these cats. These purring, furry, loving cats. Wink crawls between my legs as I sleep and purrs whenever I stir. Percy is famous for walking across my lap and rubbing his rumbling face so hard against my cheeks I can do nothing but abandon all I am doing and scratch his fluffy parts.
We’re not going anywhere for the holidays, which is fine, because I have more than I could ever need right here in these four walls.
With the holidays approaching I am growing evermore thankful to have a family of my own, my life is full of simplicity and rich blessings and I have never been more content. I’m grateful to be participating in this project with Hallmark to share my experiences with my life as a very special occasion.