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Monday, September 17, 2012

sweet, simple, real.

If you asked me, I would tell you that as I get older I realize how important simple things are. 
I would tell you that I used to think the big things mattered most.
Now I see it's the small things, after all.
Don't get all wrapped up in having the big things, friend.
Big things can be exciting. But I think the small things.....are even better.
But take time this week and look for the small things that really aren't so small.
The simple things that don't demand your attention.
Pay attention to those things this week. 
For, they are really the big things in the end.
Like turning the pages of a book before bed instead of watching TV.
A baby's smile.
The last sweet, juicy slices of watermelon of the summer.
A friend's warm voice over the phone.
The truth you read in the Psalms that overwhelms you with peace.
New vanilla scented lotion.
A kind email from a new friend.
Laughing with your co-worker.
A hot cuppa tea.
The almost-Fall breeze.

And be thankful. We have so much. 
I love the quote above by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She said that after growing up as a poor pioneer on the prairie; she became a woman and at the end of her life was embraced by the world as a beloved and successful author of the "Little House on the Prairie" series. And yet her heart knew that the most important things were the simple, unassuming ones.

Sharing with you the sweet, simple, real things that I found this past week.

Spending time with out of town family this weekend. My cousin's sweet baby is such a doll.
My new hoop art from Beka has found it's perfect home on my wall of inspiration.
Pin-Curls. My new favorite way to create curls with volume & body. Some Instagrammers asked how; Tutorial HERE
Mom & I loving our Avon lipsticks. I'm now a representative for the company :) Avon has luscious, high-quality products for very low and reasonable prices! Check out my website here:
Loving the lipsticks and lip glosses. And can we take a moment for this cute vanilla-scented body scrub... I adore the ice cream cone container, don't you?

New DIY: old scrap pieces of lace, white spray paint, and neon paper: a pretty & unique design for homemade cards!

Friends, what are some of your favorite small things?

Embrace and enjoy the little things this week. 
For they are sweet, simple, and real.


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  1. I love when I get to grill with my dad. It's simple bonding time with him and means so much to me. And I love that Saturday my mom is willing to drive 5 hrs with me to see a friend of mine get married, and drive 5 hrs back the same day.

  2. I love being a leader for freshman bible study this semester my heart over flows with love for them every Monday. Seeing my sweet babes I work with at church on Wed too.

  3. holding hands with D, when the boys lean in for a morning hug, praying with my small group girls, phone calls with my mom, love notes from friends...these are just a few of my favorite things :)
    Blessings friend!

  4. This may possibly be one of my favorite posts of yours ever. It's priceless, sweet, and true. So true. I curled up with a book before I went to sleep last night too. i think reading keeps your imagination going, and it teaches you to see things through other people's eyes. I love the card crafts, the candy corn, the hoop art, your pin curls, Laura Ingles Wilder, and this post. So. Much. Thank you. :) You've inspired me today! Do you mind if I link this post to my blog? i want others to read it too!

  5. Yes yes yes, you are exactly right! I love appreciating the small things lately. Although I have tons of big things waiting for me in life, the little things that compose each day are just so special. Thanks for the reminder :)

    PS- I've been craving candy corn lately. So jealous! ;)

  6. Ah!!! Thanks for the reminder :) You're sounding a bit like Ann Voskamp here :) <3 Definitely a goal for today. Love you sweet, sister :) When's the next thankful list?

  7. first of all I LOVE your craftiness and wall art...I want to get me some lace! But I am with you...I feel like the older I get, the more I connect with the Lord and leave worldly things behind, I find myself finding joy in the smallest things. I am especially affected by the weather...sweet smell of rain or a gorgeous sunrise driving to work. Where in the past, I would curse being up so early for work and sitting in traffic, I find joy and peace!!

  8. I love the quote by Laura Ingalls! Thanks for shareing!


  9. Nothing but Jesus will ever satisfy and I'm so grateful that he blesses me with little things and simple pleasures!

    You are beautiful, my friend, inside and out.

  10. I'm loving those pin curls! Beautiful! :)

  11. You are so encouraging, Erin. I needed this encouraging post. :) I hope you are having a fabulous week, friend.


  12. such a sweet post friend! love it.

  13. Hello there! newest follower! Thanks for following The Family Fun Spot! love the blog!

  14. Where to begin? First, you're beautiful! I love candy corn, crafts, and that verse. Oh and that song. haha

    Love your blog!

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm your newest follower as well :) Your blog is very sweet!

  16. You are adorable my friend! I'm so excited for your venture into Avon.. I will definitely be placing an order in the future. And You look lovely in that dress! And swooning over your wall of beautiful things :)

  17. You're so right - it's all about enjoying the little things! Now following along :)


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