To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Simple Things

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving...and tonight I was thinking about what I'm thankful for...it can be summed up in one word...laughter...it rings through my home with childish delight and loving joy...a simple thing that is the indicator of so much more complicated stuff...
I'm thankful that my children laugh at the dinner table because we have enough food and no one is crying in hunger...
I'm thankful for little girl giggles after lights out because we have a safe home to sleep in at night...
Pink belly little boy laughs because it means my son has a Daddy that loves him and plays with him...
Silly face baby glee because my youngest is healthy and happy...
My husband's deep laughter because it shows that he is pleased with his wife and family...
Merriment...joy...contentment...peace...thankfulness.
May you each find thankfulness in the simple things...the things we tend to overlook the other days of the year...
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our family and friends.

3 comments:

sj said...

Zeph. 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."

I love your post, and rejoice with your laughter.

With those we love and laugh, and with our Great Lord God ... could there be anything that would keep us from thanksgiving?

Love you

Anonymous said...

Marty, you have an amazing way of finding poetry in the simple, everyday things in a mom's life. It's a wonderful reminder of all the beautiful things in our lives that we often are too busy to stop and really see.

Thank you.

Marit

Anonymous said...

Thank-you Marty and family and Happy Thanksgiving to you all and we miss you while we are in Ga.
You are so right about the simple
things in life. And I am experiencing them with Allison and Shannon and the family. God's
creations up here are so beautiful and to hear a giggly little girl
is music to the ear. No toys, just interacting with family and animals. Taking a walk and kicking feet through the leaves of many colors, petting the horses and giving them a kiss. Bending over
to "warm her buns" by the fire.
Hearing her say "bless you mommie"
or "excuse me doggy" is so sweet.
Laughter in the home is a beautiful thing. Inside and out.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
WK.