Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Grace in Small Things: the first of many, featuring the letter B

The first five things I focused on today that give my spirit a boost up like a triple shot of espresso all just happen to be related. Babies bring it all home, in the most delightful way.

1. Binky, we love you. In my house, we like the binky so much they have a special name: the (insert color) Disc of Peace. Add a disc of peace to any social event and increase your happiness factor by ten. A small handful of joy.

2. Bling. A girl's gotta have some, and it is especially fine when worn with pink piggy jammies. Not everyone can carry clear plastic pumps with pink jewelled heart studs, but Claire can, with her unerring fashion sense.

3. Bandaids when necessary. More often than not in this house, and, like Mama like daughter. Some heads just weigh more than others, so bandaids are more necessary.

4. Boudicca - Hannah's utero name was Boudicca, warrior princess. I've been thinking a little too much of Hannah's challenges, but Hannah has been Boudicca the strong since the beginning. Why fight the inevitable? Boudicca babe, let's get going.

5. Birthdays. You've come a long way, baby Claire!

You were tiny but mighty in the beginning.

I worried about you incessantly, but I didn't need to.

You will rock whatever you do.

Claire, you are magnificent. Your birthday this week was joyous in every way for me, and I hope it was for you too. I love that you are clever, and articulate, and beautiful. I love that you don't just say thank you when I give you the item you ask for, you say thank you when I give you a compliment. I love how you get up laughing and pleased with the world. Happy birthday, baby girl!

Schmutzie created Grace in Small Things as a daily reminder to take notice of the positive things we tend to overlook. Grace in Small Things exists because we are choosing not to allow the noisiness of life to rob us of the time and energy to be mindful of ourselves and those we love and to recognize the grace that exists in small things.

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  1. Gorgeous. Doing these GIST posts really helps keep us focused on the good things, doesn't it?

  2. I'm a little disturbed that my verification word was "molestie."

  3. I had a comment, but I'm giggling too much about TeacherMommy's verification word. Heh.