The smell of rain on a cool cloudy day

Cool cloudy days!

The taste of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate when you’re having a bad day

Cuddling up in a warm, soft blanky while a cool night breeze washes over your face and arms

A hot shower when you’re feeling really down – water therapy is the best

A gentle, tingly back scratch – nails lightly running over bare skin…mmmmmm, heaven!

A warm, deep foot, back, and neck massage…ahhhh

Feeling exhilaration after you’ve just done a good workout

That first sip of hot coffee in the morning

The mix of herbs in a relaxation tea…chamomile, catnip, lavendar, licorice

Watching your plants on the front porch grow – when you usually have a black thumb

Watching your children grow, in spite of you!

Feeling the sticky, moistness of humidity when you’re used to the dryness of the desert

Smelling a dandelion given to you by your child and realizing that you’ve gotten yellow pollen all over your nose – just like you did when you were five years old

Listening to thunder and watching lightening – amazing!

Making and eating a Connecticut-style hot lobster roll – in Colorado

Noticing the differences in scent between the flowers of the lilac, quince, wisteria, and all the myriad of “weeds” that are around

Listening to the birds, and realizing that so many more sounds means that the babies have hatched – life is new, wild, and sweet

Feeling the sun on your face during a walk, stretching out your arms and shutting your eyes, and just soaking it in

Being loved and knowing that you’re loved

Getting to spend time on being creative – blog posts, artwork, journaling – oh my!

Watching childhood movie favorites with your children – The Wizard of Oz is STILL magic!

Going to your five-year old’s first “graduation” – a “stepping up ceremony” to kindergarten and realizing that he really IS making strides and growing, even with the autism.

Being proud of your children for being great human beings and being so loving

Hearing your 3-year old daughter tell you, “You’re my best friend, Mommy” (and laughing when you hear her tell that to her brothers, her father, her friends at church, her brother’s classmates at school…)

Loving life, even when it’s uncertain and unknown…and having faith that it will get better and better

Aidan walks on water

Aidan walks on water