can be a blizzard on a weekend when just exactly what you need
is to sit by the fire, reading.

or a tiny paper bird created by a sweet soul that makes you smile
every time you walk past it.

it can also be working together as a family to install a new hot water heater
on the day your old one springs a leak.

and being grateful that it was something you know how to fix, because
it is one of the many things in life your father taught you how to do.

and a mom who is always there when you need her.

a husband who cleans up after dinner just because he knows
you are dying to finish your book.

a son who builds you the fire you will sit before.

a bunch of kittens sprawled in the warmth of that fire
as the wind howls outside your door.

and having the good sense to realize
just how truly blessed you are.



bird made by red or gray art


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  • Debi February 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    happiness is always where we forget to look. except for you, thank goodness. you look. and see. thank you. (and thank your dad!)

  • Noel February 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Indeed! Those are all things to be happy about. 🙂

  • mark February 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

    It really is the little things, the common things, the every day things that cultivate contentment and happiness

  • Michael February 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Happiness hides often in the seemingly insignificant situations. Few see it; you certainly do.

  • Catherine Denton February 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I could feel the warmth off the fire of your happiness. Beautiful post.
    Catherine Denton

  • Kathryn Dyche Dechairo February 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Happiness in the everyday and in the ones we love.

  • sarah February 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I feel happy after reading this post. That probably sounds trite, but your sweet and perfect moments really did make me smile today, and make me intend to create perfect moments for myself.

  • missing moments February 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Oh yes! All one needs for happiness.

  • Susan February 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Oh how sweet. Enjoyed this…

    Happy Valentine’s Day♥

  • Esra February 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

    beautiful image and sentiments…

  • Cindy February 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    This little bird captured my attention at Texture Tuesday…love your simple thoughts!

  • nancyjean February 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    beautiful photo! i just love the soft simplicity. It would make me smile everytime i walked by it also. Beautiful post

  • Pat February 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Lovely image and wonderful thoughts on happiness.

  • Dianne Poinski February 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Beautiful image and I found my shoulders relaxing and a smile come to my face as I read your post. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jamie February 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Beautiful – and what a perfect reminder that beauty is always there when you open your eyes.

  • prairiegirl February 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    love filled happiness … : )
    i was instantly happy happy to see our dear friend’s art in your image and then happy happy to read your perfect words!
    happiness always to you ~


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