It’s the Little Things in Life

The single best parts of being a parent are the rare moments when you get to glimpse the world through your children’s eyes.

While walking along the abandoned rail line near our house the other day, my daughters picked a handful of flowers, a.k.a. weeds.

Upon returning to the house, I presented my youngest with an array of suitable vases, but in the end she opted for a Starbuck’s mug with a picture of the Fort Worth skyline because it reminded her of our last visit to her grandparents.

It never ceases to amaze me that a child can find such joy and beauty in a mug full of weeds!

I cherish the moments when I too can see what they see.

I hope you find a nice quiet moment to enjoy the little things in life this weekend!

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  1. 1

    You have some seriously pretty weeds growing near you. I’d take a bouquet of those any day…especially when they are given with love.

  2. 3

    Aww, that’s beautiful! Always good to be reminded, the small details are the key to happiness. Have a great weekend!

  3. 5

    Always nice to have a pause in life.

  4. 6

    Awww, that is so sweet. Children certainly find happiness in small things that cost nothing while we grown ups try to find happiness in materialistic things – buying a house, getting a better paying job, buying an expensive dress or an exotic holiday destination!! In India it is said that children are a reflection of God – so pure is their soul and so clean are their hearts.

  5. 8

    Gorgeous flowers. And, I love StumbleUpon! It’s so addictive.

  6. 10

    It is heartwarming…

  7. 11

    If I am not mistaken that last photo is lantana, my fave flower. It attracts hummingbirds like crazy. How sweet she not only picked flowers but chose a mug that had sentimental value. Kids are amazing.

  8. 12

    Beautiful weeds unlike ones we have in our backyard… yikes. Thank you for reminding us what’s important in life. :-)

  9. 13

    That is exactly what I need to think about this weekend, a pause to appreciate the little things. Thanks for the reminder! And those are really pretty weed flowers.

  10. 14

    I’ve got to get my hands on those pretty weeds. Mine are just plain ugly and annoying! Have a great weekend sweetie :)

  11. 16

    Such a great reflection…how wonderful to see beauty in everything~

  12. 17

    Beautiful clicks!

  13. 18

    Awww Jen. First of all, your pictures are just beautiful! And to your credit as a parent….how wonderful that your daughter found the simplicity and sentimentality in using the mug that reminded her of a trip to her grandparents! Once when my boys were younger, we were riding in the car when we saw a bazillion black birds sitting all in a row on a telephone pole wire. I asked them how they could sit there with out getting ‘zapped’. My older son went into a long story about insulation, etc. My younger son said, ‘I think they just have special feet’. To this day when I see birds on a wire….I just smile! GREAT post and beautiful pictures!

  14. 20

    Simple and beautiful :) I love this.

  15. 21

    I love how you share these tender little moments with your children. It makes me want to cry because I do miss that. My children who I talk with everyday are now 22 and 25.

    Having been a stay at home mom everyday was an eye opening experience. The things they would say, thoughts they would share and things they would do was all the reason I was thrilled to be able to stay at home with them. Now that they are older they share other things equally as important, not so eye opening but a glmpse into the lives that they’ve created from the nurturing that my husband and I gave them in the growing years.

    How special that she wanted to place her flowers in this mug. I’m sure the grandparents love that. Looking forward to more of your heartwarming posts.

    • 22

      Thanks Vicki! I can’t imagine – I feel like it’s rushing by so quickly at times. I’m about to head back to work after being at home for 15 years, and sometimes it makes me sad to think of the things I’ll miss. At least my children aren’t little babies anymore…

  16. 23

    its true, that moment is something that money can buy… and how lucky we are that God give us a wonderful apportunity to cherish that :)
    Tq for sharing jen, and ur second pic of flower is remind me that kind of flower is grow in front of my house!
    let see what I can do with the flower and asking my sons where to put the flower 😀

  17. 24

    Beautiful post Jen… you have the ability to cut right through to the heart. Your writing is so pure. Now, about these gorgeous flowers you call weeds… really? :)

  18. 26

    Those are weeds? O.o I’m no green-thumb so wouldn’t really know but they looks beautiful to be honest. I think it’s a shame such things are labelled “weeds” – Take dandelions for example. Every gardener’s worst nightmare with their giant, long root of doom, but they’re so pretty, and smell so sweet!

    I remember I used to have a little plastic pedal-powered tractor with a trailer when I was a kid. I used to pedal around the yard after my mother had mown the lawn picking up grass clippings. I wanted to make her a healthy “vegetable” soup or salad… Funnily enough she wasn’t so interested 😀

  19. 28

    **sigh** what a lovely post! Your daughter is a delight and I’m glad you’re treasuring these moments!

  20. 29

    Sometimes we take things for granted, so it is only fitting that we stop and take in the beauty of the little things around up and be appreciative. I enjoyed this read!

  21. 30

    Even before being given with love those are very pretty weeds. GG

  22. 31

    Um, those are the prettiest weeds I have ever seen. Such a sweet post!

  23. 32

    So pretty! And so true.

  24. 33

    Such a beautiful post! Sometimes,it’s through our kids we learn what’s really important in life.

  25. 34

    I really enjoyed this post. Love the flowers too!

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