Who Lit Your Day? Finding Light in Everyday Circumstances

Avery came home from school with the biggest smile on her face. She couldn’t wait to tell me about a kid who went out of his way to ask how she was doing. She said, “Mom, he really lit my day!”

I loved that phrase.

And come to find out, that day wasn’t particularly awesome for her. She went on to tell me about a girl who was mean to her and how she was stressed about some of her classes. But she seemed to keep those things in perspective. She talked more about how cool it was that someone “lit her day.”

Talk about filling up a mama’s heart. Not only because of that sweet boy, but also because of my strong, optimistic daughter who saw his goodness and allowed it to brighten her entire day.

It can be easy to get sucked into the negative – especially when there’s no shortage of it these days. But it’s much more productive to look for the good, the courageous, the kind, and the meaningful events around us.

The things we focus on expand in our lives.

So in order to live a more joyful life, paying attention to the positive seems to be the fastest route there.

I took Avery’s lesson and reflected on my week…looking for the light. And here are my top five moments. >>

{ONE} A Cup of KindnessA cup of kindness

The first thing that came to mind happened just this morning!

When I shuffled over to the Keurig to make some coffee, I found a freshly brewed cup waiting for me – in my “Special K” mug. It was such a sweet, quiet gesture by my husband that definitely lit my day. Dang, he’s good.

{TWO} A Moment of PrideA moment of pride

My son, Evan, is required to complete service hours for school. As we were brainstorming ideas, such as volunteering in the school library, he decided he wanted to do something more personal – like help a neighbor.

Well, we have an elderly neighbor who can’t drive, and her husband is in a nursing home, so I take her over to see him twice a week. I’ve been doing this for a little over a year now, and we’ve developed quite a friendship. One day, she mentioned how she hated her phone because she didn’t now how to use it. I told Evan about her comment, and he decided to give her phone lessons as his service project!

They had their first session this week. Seeing him sit patiently with her and teaching her how to “tap on apps” was such a great experience. Even though he was helping someone else, it lit me up inside to see his kindness.

{THREE} A Blast from the PastA blast from the past with friends

One of my dearest friends, whom I haven’t talked to in awhile, reached out to me recently. It was so nice hearing from her. She’s one of those friends that you can pick up where you left off, no matter how many months or miles grow between us.

After we connected, I pulled out some old photo albums. Because I actually had those back then. I found pictures from our girls’ trip to Germany. This picture of Kristina, DeeAnn and I above is one of my favorites. It shows exactly how we felt together…full of pure, unleashed joy. Always laughing, getting into mischief, and having each other’s backs, no matter what.

These ladies always light me up when we’re together. And it makes me want to go see them right now!!

{FOUR} An Unsuspecting QuoteBook: Today, Tomorrow and Every Day

This book has been on my “to read” list for awhile. I first saw it in a boutique in Seaside, Florida this summer and finally got around to ordering a copy. It’s called “Today, Tomorrow and Every Day” by M.H. Clark.

It’s a quick read and unfolds like a poem…using the terms “she” and “her” throughout. But as you get into it, you recognize “her” as yourself.

I had a moment of recognition when I read this page > Quote about perfection

As a recovering perfectionist, this really spoke to me. I strive to be more authentic and unapologetic every day. So this was gem. This author, this book, this page…all beams of light for me.

{FIVE} A Teddy Bear WelcomeTeddy bear welcome committeeOur cleaning lady, Brigida, and her fierce crew, whom I appreciate beyond words, are so good to our family and our home. They don’t just clean and move like ninjas, they leave little surprises for us…like this hilarious welcome committee above. Cleaning days are such a highlight, and yesterday was especially bright.

That’s a wrap! What special moments or people lit your week? Maybe take a moment to let them know – and light them up, too. <3

Many blessings,

Kate

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Creative Tip: Using Your Imagination

Friends, we have a very special guest today. One of my 10-year old twin girls would like to offer a creative tip for us on this terrific Tuesday. So I told her to type up a post and that I would share it with all of you.

Join me in welcoming my little artistic Avery. {You may remember her from a previous post about a field trip to the museum!}

Hello, readers. This is Avery. My mom is the one who usually writes here, so I’m excited to write this and share one of my ideas.

If I ever feel bored, I like to do crafts and use my imagination. One thing I like best is making fingerprint animals and designs.

Here’s how I do it.

I get different colors of ink. They come in the form of a stamp pad.

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First, I stamp my finger and press it onto a piece of paper. I like to use my thumb, because it’s bigger to make the body of an animal.

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Once the ink dries, I take colored pens and draw the faces and details of the animals.

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That’s really it!

The reason I like to do this type of craft is because it’s simple and it lets me use my imagination. It’s also not too messy. You just have to wash your hands.

There are so many animals you can draw. Here are some that I did yesterday.

turkey

bumble-bee

bunny

elephant

caterpillar

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Some of these were made by my twin sister, Clara. She’s so creative, too! 🙂

I hope you like them. Thank you for reading my post. This was fun to write. I also hope you get to use your imagination today to make something awesome.

Avery Andersen 🙂

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