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The Little Things

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 
― Edith Sitwell

I can see that the yellow pansies are still hanging on from my view in the bedroom. 

The ornamental grasses are all wheat-colored now. But all have different plumes at the top that wave in the breeze.

I watch the cardinals as they flit across the patio from spot to spot, singing their song to one another. 

Really, so much to see, even from one window.

It's all in your perception of things. 

Some would look out and see nothing worth seeing. Once upon a time I was that way too. I didn't appreciate the little things. The things that make up a lifetime. 

I pity the poor souls that look out and see nothing in this seemingly barren season. Because it's all in the eye of the beholder. Every single thing your eyes take in.

Big things are what occur. The little day-to-day things are what connect the dots in a person's life, keeping your days in infinite continuity like strands of a necklace. 

This is my younger daughter and her husband. Baby boy Andrew and Boston Terrier Gizmo (that they've recently adopted.) 

They have been married over 12 years now. They both share a deep love for animals, and have always chosen their pets from rescue organizations. 

They have recently moved back here to Tulsa, to my delight. And it was my first time, last weekend, to meet little Andrew, who is eight months old now. Their first child. My third grandchild.

He is at the age when he smiles and continually pounds his cute little balled-up hands on things, which seems to give him endless delight. 

At that age the simplest of things make him happy. Opening doors he can reach to see what is inside. A magical time when the world is a place for him to discover daily.

His smile lit up my world in so many ways. I bring it back up in my mind over and over again, so happy was I to get to meet my youngest grandson.

That day was one of life's occurrences, marked by a very special event. One of those times that you earmark in the book of your life, and turn back to again and again in gratitude. 

Thankful. Just so thankful.

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  1. What a beautiful family you have! Blessings and Merry Christmas!

  2. You daughter and family are beautiful! So glad you were able to meet your grandson, he is a cutie! Happy, so happy for you!

  3. Brenda, I am so happy that you have gotten to connect with your grandson. That is so wonderful. What a beautiful family. I think as we age we begin to appreciate the small things so much more. xo Laura

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  5. Brenda, I am so happy that you have this story of a connection with your daughter and her family. It's so wonderful to hear that you have a new grandchild to love.

  6. SO very happy for you and your daughter's growing family. Relive, remember, and rejoice in this most blessed of life's occurrences.


  7. how nice that you have family close by now - you will be able to start to bond with your grandchild and it will be delightful I'm sure.

  8. Oh- I am so so so happy that you might now have a hands-on grandchild. He is just precious. They make a beautiful family, Brenda. You are so right- it is the little things that make me smile in life and be thankful. I think it is a blessing to be able to appreciate all the "smalls" in our life. xo Diana

  9. How wonderful, Brenda. Enjoy all those precious beads on the necklace and, if I don't comment again before, have a lovely Christmas and new year xx

  10. I loved that picture of your daughter and her family. Glad to hear that you got to meet your grandson and they are moving back near you.

  11. Brenda, What a cute family. I know you will love that little guy so much. So glad your daughter is near. Wishing you a fun filled week. xoxo,Susie

  12. Thats wonderful news and I know a dream come true for you... wooohooooo~!

  13. Brenda, I am so happy you got to meet sweet little Andrew. I am so blessed to have a wonderful relationship with my Grandson. He truly makes me thankful each and every day and fills my life with Joy. Seeing things through his eyes are so much fun. I'm just so happy for you.

  14. Your daughter is beautiful! How wonderful that you finally got to meet your grandson. Absolute delight!

  15. danke für die schönen bilder und inspirationen!!! liebe grüße von angie

  16. What a beautiful family, Brenda. Andrew is just precious! I'm so happy for you that they have moved closer. :-)

  17. What a sweet child- your daughter has a beautiful family. I'm glad they have moved closer to you.

  18. So happy for you, Brenda! That's a beautiful picture of your daughter and her family. I think they chose the perfect name for the baby ~ Andrew is my son's name : ) It's so wonderful for you and for Andrew to be able to connect. I can just imagine the joy in that little smile!

  19. Brenda, I almost danced a jig when I read this! How happy I am that you had a bit of family time and nothing beats grandchildren!

    Grace & Peace!

  20. What a beautiful family you have in your daughter, son-in-law and little Andrew! The Christmas is a season of magical moments and I am feeling one in your new relationship with little Andrew and his family. Babies are pure love.....their smiles are so angelic and innocent. Enjoy your new grandbaby, Brenda.

  21. Oh Brenda, what a tender sweet post. Meeting your little Grandbaby is truly a blessing. It is wonderful at anytime, but his time of year it is especially tender and sweet. I am so glad you have them close to you. Babies are a gift from heaven, and I am sure your heart is full of joy seeing him and loving him. Bless you, Hugs, Karie

  22. The Christmas season can tear your heart apart or it can mend hearts torn apart. How wonderful your family are geographically close again.

  23. I am glad you got to meet the little guy! Merry Christmas!

  24. Hi Brenda! Oh, I'm so glad your daughter and family have moved closer to you! Little Andrew is adorable and I'm so thrilled you were able to meet the little guy! This will make your Christmas!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. Such a fabulous picture. Little Andrew is so darn cute. He looks like he's ready to take walk out of mom's arms! I'm so glad they are close to you now.

  26. Awwww that's not a little thing! My family is the biggest thing in my life. You're daughter is a cutie. Wow, she looks like you. What a happy little guy. You're so lucky to have them in the area .

  27. This is wonderful news! Your daughter has a beautiful family and your grandson is just precious.

  28. Your sweet little Andrew is adorable! What loving compassionate parents, too, to devote themselves to rescued pets! That is one happy little family!

  29. Such a beautiful family! I know you must be so happy to have finally met your grandson. I hope that their moving closer to you is the beginning of a meaningful relationship for you all. Grandchildren need their grandparents, and grandparents need their grandchildren.

    Reading this first thing in the morning has started my day with a smile :).

  30. That little guy is happy you got to "meet"him! And so happy they are back! Life's little blessings indeed! ;)

  31. How sweet is glad they have moved close to you can be a part of his little life..a blessing and thankfulness, indeed.
    Now, both your daughters are there, right? How wonderful to have family close by. I thank my God every day for letting me be smack dab in the middle of our family. :)

  32. What a wonderful weekend you describe, meeting your grandson for the first time. He's adorable.

  33. What a a beautiful family you have, Brenda! :)

  34. You are so right, Brenda. There was a time when all I did was complain about the dumbest things. Something happened that I can now see the blessings and beauty of every day things. Grandchildren help too! They bring such joy and laughter to my life, that I can only say that I am truly blessed despite life's problems...

  35. I am so happy for you. Your daughter and family are beautiful. I hope you get to see more of them!

    Jane xx

  36. Brenda,
    This post gave me goosebumps of delight, your family is precious and beautiful and I just know that your
    little grandson, Andrew- is going to get some wonderful one on one time with you.

  37. Thank you for your wonderful sweet thoughts and so happy that you now have your daughter nearby.

  38. Grandchildren are so delightful! Glad you have some loving family members nearby.

  39. So very happy for you Brenda that you have a daughter and family close by! The Universe is taking care of you. It must have been so wonderful to see them. I felt so bad for you about the other daughter, I am glad your relationship with this daughter is good.

  40. I love your perception Brenda !! And I'm so happy they moved closer especially now that they have a baby !! HUGS to you all oxox

  41. Just lovely, and so glad you will get to visit more. Merry Christmas!

  42. How wonderful! I'm so happy for you meeting your little grandson and finding such joy in him!


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