September 21, 2009

the little things...


My calendar tells me that Autumn begins today. The air tells me another story... but I will be patient. My calendar also tells me that the end of my secret keeping is just hours away (come back tomorrow if the curiosity is killing you as much as the anticipation is killing me!) But while I sit and wait... there are a few little things that keep popping into my head... and making me smile.

...my Friday night spot up in the bleachers... watching my girl march her heart out. A surprise visit from friends just added to the fun of the already friend-filled evening. Gosh... I love marching band, and all that comes with it.

...a little girl alternating between riding her rip-stick and hanging out in the stands with her dad while they watch her brother play football. How I wish their Mom was siting there... right beside them. But just seeing Abby smile makes my heart smile. And knowing that Jacob has found his passion with football gives my soul a little contentment. Lisa would be thrilled.

...my son- who has grown three inches since the end of July. Yes... three. No wonder he needs new clothes.

...a man baking pumpkin bread in my kitchen. What is not to smile about?!

...friendships. Old. New. Renewed.

...the way my nice-as-pie smile eventually turned the Verizon lady's attitude around to my advantage.

It was only a sunny smile, and it cost little in the giving. But like morning light, it scattered the night, and it made the day worth living. -anonymous

Something else that makes me smile? Unwrapping a Tuesday at Chatting at the Sky. Well, not just Tuesdays...

18 comments:

jenn said...

I cannot wait for the big reveal of the secret! try to get a picture of the faces!! ohh, ohh, fun, fun! just so you know--you make me smile too!

New Every Morning said...

I love the title of your blog! A great place to visit =)

emily said...

I can't get enough of these sorts of posts! And you have reminded me of one of my favorite things about this season: the marching band! I just love the sound of the band against a cold, autumn, football night. My sister was in the marching band and we went to many a band competition to watch them compete. They played the theme songs to The Phantom of the Opera and I just loved it.

melissa said...

beautiful post...i love the quote you ended with. and i absolutely love those sweet sunny smiles.

Kelli said...

Your words always touch my heart! Can't wait till tomorrow!!

Boy Crazy said...

good reminders to take stock. maybe a good practice for me to do nightly. thank you for the gentle nudge. :)

Jen said...

Little things that make us smile are priceless.
I have a thought about your secret, but will keep it to myself. I am anxious to hear what it is!!!!!!!!! What time will your post be up? ha!

Richella said...

Oh, Dawn. You never fail to bring a smile to my face, and usually tears to my eyes, as well.

God bless you!

Kat said...

You're killing me with the secret thing. Must. know. NOW.

Your son grew 3 inches since July. Oh my goodness!

togetherforgood said...

What a happy post. :)

And thank you for sharing that quote at the end. I sometimes find myself stingy with smiles-- and who am I hurting but myself? Thanks for the reminder.

Get Real Girl said...

Surprises are so much fun. I can't wait to hear the news.

K said...

Three inches is quite impressive!

I'm looking forward to fall too.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so cute. I can see how your nice as pie smile could turn around anyones day!!!
Oh, and your calendar lied, or it does not know you live in FLORIDA!!! :)

Thea said...

As a former marching band member, I loved the energy of the crowd as we marched onto the field and began our performance. It was so exhilirating to hear classmates screaming and cheering for us! Thanks for bringing that memory to the surface for me tonight!

Graceful said...

Hi Dawn,

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today! I love your quote about smiling...I feel the same way about hugging sometimes. As a somewhat conservative New Englander (who now lives in Nebraska), I don't often dole out hugs freely and with abandon. I even have to say to myself, when in doubt, go for the hug! Really, how often can you go wrong with offering a hug to someone? Thanks for reminding me of that!

deb said...

Oh you are such a delight to read and get to know!

Jo@Mylestones said...

Marching bands and Man-made Pumpkin bread? No wonder you love the fall!
Can't wait to hear your big secret!

Sharone said...

I love this - the marching band and the pumpkin bread and the way a smile, genuinely offered, can turn unhappy circumstances around. :)