**Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here.
Family, friends, faith, food.
The smell of freshly ground coffee filtering in the kitchen. The chatter of strangers in a coffee shop. My daughter’s smile. The way her nose scrunches as she giggles. The baby in the womb who kicks quietly away.
My husband working only 4 days a week. The excitement that takes over our daughter when she hears his key in the lock. His dedication to providing for us and caring for us. Marriage, in all its beautiful, heart-breaking, joy-inspiring glory.
When the cat cleans her face with her paws. When she is purring on my knees, lapping up the attention that is usually focused on our family, my tasks, my computer. The way she reminds me to slow down and just enjoy life from time to time.
The sun shining brightly in through the door. The breeze that keeps me cool in the heat.
The promise of holidays that linger in the heat. The days that bring us closer to a move towards friends.
Church. Welcoming parishioners. Picnics in the parish garden. Joy.
Iced lattes, flip flops, ice cream, strawberries, peaches, watermelon.
Salads for dinner. Long walks in the sunshine.
Sipping coffee while my daughter sips her milk. Time spent together, no distractions, just fun.
Hearing my daughter start to copy the words of my mother tongue, challenging me to keep speaking to her in a language that has almost become foreign to me after so many years in this country.
Sending box after box to charity shops as we realize how little we can happily live with. The bliss of simplicity.
Prayer. Flowers. Butterflies. Wild deer outside our door.
Writing. Reading. Cooking. Laughing.
A daughter whose constant joy is contagious.
My favourite things.
The eucharisteo that fills my life everyday.
May I never stop noticing. Never stop enjoying. Never stop giving thanks.
“Glory be to Him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to Him, from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21