Simple Joys

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.
— Brene Brown

Life is packed full with moments, big and small. We tend to dwell on the big ones though, right? The moments that we are proud to share (and rightfully so): buying a house, fun vacations, major milestones, and all the other photo worthy activities that keep us busy. John and I find ourselves looking forward to moments like those. (Especially this year building a house and going vacation since we haven’t taken one in three years!) There is nothing wrong with dreaming and looking ahead, but lately I wonder if we are overlooking the small every day moments.

We have found ourselves in a season where our kids (who are almost seven and not yet four years old) are young enough that we aren’t tied to a ton of extra curricular activities. We see other parents just a couple years ahead of us who are already non-stop go, go, go. I’m not saying it’s wrong to be busy, it’s only making us think about now. No doubt life will get busier for us soon. Both our boys love sports and are involved with our church youth group, add to that school activities, keeping up with our business and, and, and I could keep going. There’s just so much pressure to do all the things! Am, I right?

Because of this, I feel a strong tug on my heart to slow down and savor any simple joys we can. This stage is passing by so fast. How can I just bottle it up? I’ve been thinking about this for a while and realized something quite simple recently. Our simple joys happen every day in our home. It’s actually part of our family dynamic at this point. We read and play games every day, without fail. (And no, not necessarily because we always want to.) It somehow became part of our evening routine.

Making these small moments a priority now will give us joy later. So that means we need to play all the games and read all the books, because that’s what our boys love to do right now. Is it always fun for us? No. A lot of the time they fight over who is going to be blue or who wins, and I’ll admit that sometimes I get annoyed reading the same books and playing the same games every. single. day. Of course there are other things I would like to do, but will I look back someday and wish I had done more of what I wanted to do? I doubt it. I’m pretty sure I will smile every time I see their favorite book or see a random stack of cards and wish for even more moments like that.

I know that I am usually coming at you with something related to home décor, but in this mini series of thoughts I want to share the small moments we enjoy within walls of our home. It’s not all about parenting though, I also have some thoughts on self care to share with you. I hope you can relate and be inspired to find the simple joys in your life, too.

Follow along with me as I open my heart a little bit beyond home décor.


The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your home.
— Harold B. Lee


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