10 Little Things That Make Me Happy

Know what makes me smile?? Celebrating the little things in life, cultivating gratitude, and experiencing the joy of simple pleasures. Here are 10 little things that make me really happy!

1. The view from our garden plot at sunset. The tomatoes are almost ready.


2. Chatting about ideas for creative play with the lovely Eve Tannery.


3. When Mark comes home from work with the best surprise gift for the kids……. (and me) EVER!! FRESH cardboard boxes!!!! *swoon*


4. Me: Tell me about this picture you drew!
Clara: This is you and me jumping in puddles and we’re holding hands because we are in love.


5. Sisters who love each other very much!


6. Taking the time to smell the roses.


7. Squeals of laughter every time we turn on the sprinkler.


8. The magic of birthday wishes!!


9. Make your own pizza night!


and lastly… number 10.

Finding Emily’s surprise self-portraits on my phone.

Now it’s your turn! Leave a comment and share one small thing that makes you smile, and together we’ll make this post a little corner of happiness on the internet. πŸ™‚


  1. What a fabulous post! Something that makes me happy is picking raspberries from my yard. I live in NM and have for the past 10 years, and this is the first time I’m having this luxury. πŸ™‚
    BTW – I *love* following your blog…

  2. liveseygirl says

    Lovely post πŸ™‚ I love it when my baby boy laughs at his big 2-year-old brother. My boys are going to be mischief makers together and I can’t wait! X

  3. SkylarKDM says

    When my 5 year old lists her little sister as one of her “favourite friends”. πŸ™‚

  4. When my 4yo daughter and 9yo son spontaneously start reading to each other… sharing their books with one another.

  5. Love it. Watching sunset with daughter and hearing her explaining that she thinks it’s the famous dead painter painting pictures for God in heaven.

  6. The giggles from my 1 1/2 year old daughter when she swings herself on her tummy on her big sister’s “real” swing and yells, “Weeeee! I’m flying!”

  7. I love the one of you guys jumping in puddles holding hands. Sooooo sweet! I love playing board games with my kids. And listening to them giggle as I type this while they have a sleepover. πŸ˜‰

  8. OH, and birthday parties! We just had my kids’ shared party this week. SO FUN seeing them with their friends!

  9. What a fun post! I love the puddle jumping picture and explanation.

    I love watching my kids work together to create something for their pretend play.

  10. When my kids hold hands as they walk.

  11. This post made me smile so big! What came to mind for my own happy thing this week is that after 96 days of being in the hospital since he was born, our little boy finally came home on Sunday and we are soaking up every minute! Thanks for this inspiring post – I personally loved the last one!!! Your girls are too cute.

  12. I love the smiles on my boy’s face when they are discovering something new. I am also very fond of their laughing and giggling. But I think the thing that makes me the most happy is the cuddles from my oldest in the morning when he crawls into bed with us!

  13. Maria plus 3 says

    Its great to see the kids taking the initiative and designing their own works of art like a match stick road all the way across the wooden lounge floor or drawing a combination lock on your wardrobe door. But then you have to put on a serious face and pretend to be cross because they used permanent marker pen instead of pencil. Well, I guess they remember when I said the furniture is there to serve us and not the vice versa!