It’s gratitude Friday and this weeks list is a no brainer. I spent the week in Dallas with my nieces and nephews who I haven’t seen in 2 years (!) and it was absolutely insane the the best possible way. That’s how we roll when four kids are involved (not pictured: 2 year old Paul).
1. I’ve gotten so much joy from being an aunt. My nieces and nephews range in age from 1 to 16 so there’s been a lot of high points along the age spectrum. This week I discovered my new, most favorite aunt activity and that’s having kids read to me. I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and have spent countless hours reading books to my kid-crew, but listening to my 7 year old nephew and 8 year old niece read to me every night nearly made my heart explode. I’m pretty sure those bedtime stories made my entire month.
2. I had a Great time hanging out with my sister in law while I was there. I’ve written quite a bit about feeling lonely lately, and I’m so grateful that someone actually took the time to ask me questions about myself and listen to the answers. We’re talking about a woman with four small children here. She has zero time to herself and the fact that she made time to ask about my life is something I super grateful for, and something that I have been needing for a long time. Beyond that, we learned that despite having VERY different lives, we actually have quite a bit in common. We struggle with a lot of the same things, and share a lot of the same ideas. It was a majorly Great time.
Thankfully it’s Friday so the daily grind will be short. I’m looking forward to enjoying a beautiful weekend at home. I think yard work and a trip to dog beach is in order. I’d like to take a second to encourage you to check in with your loved ones this weekend. Ask how they’re doing. Listen to what’s going on in their lives. Sometimes there are things you can’t see on the surface, and all that’s needed is a little encouragement from their friends.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” –Leo Buscaglia