Things That Made Me Smile Today

1. Commissioning Emily to paint a “masterpiece” for our kitchen, and watching her joyfully paint a large canvas!


2. Playing dress up with Clara, and then….


3. Taking her out for ice cream (a rare treat) made even more fun in her princess dress up clothes! Oh, the smiles she received from other customers!!!


4. During a routine trip to the grocery store, spotting the latest issue of Highlights High Five with my craft in it!!!


5. Tickling Clara until she got the hiccups — and so did I!

What made you smile today??


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Emily’s artwork is certainly one of a kind!


  2. Jennifer Radtke says

    My smile came from my 3-year-old…”Mom, I have a kiss for you.” And then off she trotted after leaving her kiss with me.

  3. Love Emily’s painting!

    Congratulations on the High Five feature – how exciting!

    Both your girls are adorable – and Clara seems to look more like Emily every day!

  4. “Raindrops on Noses and whiskers on kittens?”

    Abandoning school to go play on the slip and slide!

  5. yaaaaaaaaaaay you!!!

  6. It’s before 7 – too early for smiles. Yesterday I cracked up when my daughter told me seriously that one day she will move to England, do something special for the country and become a knight. Good luck with that!

  7. … And how neat that your craft was featured in Hi5!

  8. You know – we saw that in High Five and had just made the streamers for a bday party and thought – there is our craft Mommy got from the FFFB made into Table Runners. I didn’t even think of reading whose craft it was! Congrats!

  9. Those are awesome reasons to smile and way to go being in Highlights!

  10. How amazing!! My son has a subscription to Highlights and I was reading that craft the other day. I had no idea that you created it. We don’t know each other, but I love your blog and think it is amazing you are in Highlights! You are such an inspiration! Have a great weekend! Katie : )

  11. Michelle E. says

    First time commenter here! Love your blog, love Highlights High Five. Congratulations!

  12. What made me smile today is going down to the creek, which is right next to our library. I really wanted to head home after we filled our bag full of library books especially since my stomach was grumbling for food, but my daughter asked to go see the creek. I am glad we did, because its crisp water and waddling ducks were a lovely site to see 🙂

  13. My little guy. 🙂 He always makes me smile {even if he does try me a little now and then ;)} He told me today thank you for giving him a hug. Love my hugs and cuddles!

  14. Every time we read our Highlights, my daughter asks when we can do that craft! I need to find contact paper! (We already have a million tissue paper squares from the coasters we made Daddy for Christmas.)

  15. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Little M crawling in bed with us this morning (because in the middle of the night we came back from short vacation and she hasn’t seen us in a day and a half).

    ps congrats on the highlights craft!!!