- The tips of my trees painted gold by an early morning sunrise
- A pair of bald eagles resting idly on a Platte River sandbar
- My kids' raucous laughter spinning through the house while my husband chases them
- Patches of sunflowers growing tall and wild among cornfields in south-central Nebraska
- How peaceful it is to watch a velvet blanket of fog slowly lift as I drink my morning coffee
- How many smart and kind people I know
- The companionship provided by a good book
- How much my daughter has improved in reading. I don't like to cook with my kids because I'm a control freak who hates mess. K always wants to help or be in the kitchen while I cook, so to compromise, I started having her sit on the counter and read to me while I cook. It's a great time for her to practice reading and for me to be invested in what she's reading. The other day she read from a Junie B. Jones chapter book, and I don't mean to brag, but her inflections were on point. This wouldn't mean a whole lot to most, except that when she moved in three months into her Kindergarten year, she could not read and had zero phonemic awareness. Her growth is amazing.
- Time to catch a peek at my son sitting in our bay window engrossed in a book.
I'm giving myself permission this week to slowly work my way back into the world of social media and am hoping I can maintain a sense of presence in the real world while still interacting with the virtual world.