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Picture of the life I love

I snapped this picture about 10 minutes ago.  I so rarely have the luxury of taking a picture and then straight-away journaling about it, but the kids are occupied watching The Incredibles for the 10,000th time.  Another thing I love. . .that they do love what they have and have the ability to watch it again and again (all together!!!) without needing something new and unexplored

Anyway, let me tell you why this picture is important to me:  it was 8:30 in the morning and I am sitting there, propped up, not rushed, overhead fan on, enjoying my hot chocolate (on the bedside table. . .well, sewing machine table, or "magic" table as Marie calls it) and working on some PR for a county commissioner run for a friend of mine (see the laptop and papers scattered?).  I love my laptop.  I do not take the luxury of having it, and wi-fi, for granted at all!  I also love having a purpose, something to do, hence the reason I'm working on blog posts and FB updates and a bio for someone who lives in another state, someone who is a brother of a friend :)  And then I looked over and noticed the legos scattered about. . .Frederick was up way before anyone else this morning and brought his legos in to play with.  I love that!  How many more years (months?) do I have where my kids come into my room and want to play right next to me?  He was making some ships and such and telling me stories as I was working.  I LOVE BEING A MOM!!!!!!!!!!!  There are frustrations, and hard times, and blood-pressure-skyrocketing moments, but that is to be expected.  What is priceless is this. . .being home with my children, calm, not rushed. . .just happy and content. . .and noticing the "small" things in life. . .I really like my pillows too!. . .and appreciating what I have, not forgetting Who is the source of all my blessings and thanking Him for His grace and love and provisions.  I am so lucky to know my Lord, Jesus Christ, and have a relationship with Him that fills me up.  I also am blessed to have a solid, God-fearing man who is my life-long love as my husband, and a family that He has put together perfectly (immediate and extended).

For those of you that read, please list in the comments something that YOU are grateful for too. . .the *small* overlooked things that we possibly take for granted and forget to stop and really appreciate.  I'd love to hear about it!!!


  1. Hey Jenni,

    I love reading your blog because you feel the same way about your family as I do mine! It's such a privilege to be a mom. Something that was precious to me this weekend as we were camping was watching my husband fishing with my children. It's not my thing, so I was content to sit and watch them. The way they look up at their daddy and how he encouraged them and how happy they were, it was a treasure to watch and I remember thanking God right then and there for my sweet family. It really is how the Lord intends his children to live. To enjoy the simple things and each other:) Have a great day!


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