I am happy.
It feels so good to say that. I am happy and that makes me happy.
After a year of ups and downs, worrying, frets and stress it feels so good to be able to say that I really am happy.
Our summer, so far, has been one of intentional happiness. I purposely didn’t sign my kids up for camps, activities, VBS, etc. this year because I wanted everything we were doing to be exactly what we wanted to do. I didn’t want to be running around, car pooling, feeling regrets because we didn’t have time to do what we wanted to do. We wake up each morning and everything on our agenda is things we want to do, not have to do. I feel kind of selfish, having a carefree summer, but it has been so nice.
I need to start doing my Happiness Reports again, because there are so many things making me happy right now. So many little things I’m taking notice of that bring me joy.
A hot cup of coffee, made for me by my husband…a thoughtful gesture not unnoticed.
A string of white lights, hung in the trees.
Taking pictures, even if it’s of nothing “special”… just getting out my camera and capturing what my life is full of.
Summer breeze, time to read, lazy mornings.
All of these things, and so much more, bring a smile to my face. Just like a bowl of cherries.
Turning those cherries into a favorite coffee cake for my husband makes me happy too. He’s never been a quick bread or coffee cake kind of guy, until I made this recipe from Cheryl’s blog a few months back. He took it to work to share and came back raving about how delicious it was. For Father’s Day, I wanted to make it again, but this time using some of the fresh cherries of summer. You can certainly used canned pie filling, but when cherries are abundant it’s hard to justify not taking advantage of the summer harvest.
What’s making you happy these days? Whether it is a new haircut, a summer vacation, success at work… I hope you’ll share your recent moments of joy in the comments section.
Life is good… like a bowl full of cherries!