Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Little Happies

Isn't it the truth that the day-to-day of life can be a little tough? Especially for us infertiles? Especially for anyone with a heavy cross to bear?

Now I'm not saying I'm any good at this, but I try, and my husband encourages me, to find joy in the in-betweens. In other words, we can't just be living for the next big thing to happen in our lives: graduating, getting a new job, engagement, marriage, babies, buying a house, big trips, restored health, retirement. We'd spend our whole lives wishing our time away, just focused on our next "big thing" to happen... and then, after it happens, what do we do next? Go back to wishing and hoping and rushing through life for the next "big thing"? It's so easy to fall into that cycle and live that way, but it's not usually very joyful. Especially during those in-betweens.

The best way to stop ourselves from living life only for the "big things" is to fall in love with the little things. We've got to find stuff worth celebrating every day. We've got to find God in all good things, no matter how small. We've got to take time to savor all of life's little happies.

So, that's what I'm working on now: finding and loving all of the little happies in my life. And that's what I'd like to share with you here from time to time. 'Cause though it's fun to share big, exciting news with all of you, it's important to remember the "big things" are not all that's worth celebrating in life.

Here are 5 Little Happies I've experienced over the past few weeks:


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It was a normal Wednesday night at our apartment. John was still at work and I was about to start cooking dinner. When I went to the pantry to fetch the olive oil, I found this guy, staring back at me, hilarious as could be. And all I could do was giggle. Apparently John had gotten his hands on some googly eyes at work (he works at a children's hospital -- these things are common there) and decided it'd be fun to use them to bring our olive oil to life. He stuck the googlies on a few days before and just waited and waited and waited for me to come across them. And when I finally did, he wasn't home to see my great reaction, but he laughed his little tush off when I sent him this picture. The googlies are still on our olive oil to this day and they make me so happy whenever I see them. 


-- two --


Sonic alwayyyys makes me happy! I'm pretty sure my love for Sonic is based on the fact that I didn't discover it until I moved away from RI, post-college. I had a lot of slushies to drink to make up for lost Sonic time. That plus I just can't resist their happy hour drink discounts. Ever. If it's between 2pm and 4pm and I'm within a mile of a Sonic, you can be your bubble I'll be there. Even sometimes if it's not happy hour, I'm still drawn to it. Like a few weekends ago. I was having a girly day with my friend Rachel and Sonic was just there. So we just had to go. Diet Doctor Pepper with vanilla syrup is the bomb dot com, so obviously that's what I ordered. And then we posed with our delicious treats, because that's what silly-on-soda people do. 


-- three --


Cuddling with my love while watching the Winter Olympics opening ceremony (U-S-A, U-S-A!!). Oh, and couch selfies. Lots of happy going on there. 



-- four --


Remember that time I mentioned how horrible I am at waiting to give or receive gifts? Yup, happened again. And that's why you see me showing off my Valentine's day gift in the picture above, several days before Valentine's day. Oops! I just couldn't wait to give John his gift, and then he couldn't wait to give me mine! Plus, he felt there were several events I could wear it to before Valentine's day. And he was right. I'm wearing it right now! Love it, love him, and loving all the compliments I've received. He's a sweetie for picking out such a fantastic necklace. It brings me so much happy, most especially because it makes me think of him whenever I wear it. 



-- five --


Discoring new delicious foods is definitely one of my favorite little things in life. Before our date to see Wicked (which was fantastic, btw, but not featured here because it's more of a "big thing"), John took me out for a new-to-us cuisine: bibimbap (translation: mixed rice). It's a Korean dish served in a hot hot hot cast iron bowl. The rice and all its toppings sizzle as you eat your way to the bottom. Mmmmm. I can still smell and taste it now. It was wonderful! Makes for a very happy tummy. 


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You know what? That was a lot of fun!! Knowing that I'm going to post about my life's little happies makes me stop and think about just how awesome these every-day little things are. Like I said before, I'm not always great at finding joy in the in-betweens, but I'm thinking this new Little Happies series will help with that. And if you think it'll help you out, feel free to join in!! I'd love to read about the little things you're celebrating in your life too. 

Sharing little happies with each other -- now that's a happy thought! :)


26 comments:

  1. Great post! It is so important to keep a log of the good things of life. Especially when IF takes over!

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    1. I completely agree! I'm not always the best at looking for the good things, but when I do, it's always worth it. :)

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  2. I love this post, Stephanie! I often need reminding to find job in the little things.

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    1. Hahahaha!! Joy. Job. Same thing, right? :P Thanks for the positive words. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. I love the google eyes on the Olive Oil!

    And I think it's safe to say should we ever meet IRL, it will be between 2 and 4 at a Sonic :).

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  4. Love it!!! What a fantastic idea!!! Love the googly eyes - where else did he put them?! - and the olympics couch time and the beautiful necklace! I've actually never eaten at Sonic - don't even know if there's one in my area.

    I wrote up my own list of happies, btw!

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    1. He told me he was thinking of putting them on everything in our food pantry, but ultimately decided subtle was better. Hahaha. That would have been amazing though. He hasn't put them on anything since, but I'm always on the look out for things around our apartment brought to life by the googlies

      If you ever end up in a city with Sonic, you must seek it out and try it! I mean, it's really not all that special, but all the slushies and soft drinks (with syrups) are half off between 2pm and 4pm every day. So that's pretty exciting. Oh, and the strawberry lemon real fruit slushy is so wonderful.

      So happy you're joining in with the happies!! :)

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  5. Love it, I may branch off of this. My hubby is also always reminding me to be thankful for the blessings we have and to make a gratitude list when I'm sad. LOVE LOVE LOVE the necklace, beautiful. Those googly eyes are so cute. Reminds me of a lunch break when I went to get my lunch from the fridge at work and found a pound of raw bacon (pre-packaged) alongside my sandwich. Somehow hubby slipped it in there...haha!

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    1. I'd love for you to join in on the happy fun. :) It's not always natural for me to notice the many blessings in my life, so I like having this new Little Happies series to encourage me. Oh, and the husband. He's good at encouraging me to find the happies too! Sounds like your husband is a fun guy. :) Love the bacon trick. Hahaha!

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  6. Love the "little happies" idea, it's super important! Maybe this could be made a link up? My favorite is the googly eyes on the olive oil what a fun idea.

    One of my little happies is the coffee bean and tea leaf, I love that place :)

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    1. Haha! My favorite was the googly eyes too. :)

      A link up sounds fun! Is it easy to do?

      Never been to the coffee bean and the tea leaf! I bet I'd love it. Because we lovvvve Teavana!

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  7. I love this, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing! You are so clever:-)

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  8. Hello Stephanie! I've been reading your blog now for a couple weeks and this post was my favorite thus far! :) I agree, this ought to be a link up for those of us in the IF world. I admit to sometimes feeling jealous that I can't be part of the "Small Success Thursdays" at catholicmom.com or whatever else I see Catholic mommies blogging about every week. Little Happies could be a fun and unifying for those experiencing this cross of IF.

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  9. One of these days you should try the hot fudge milkshake at Sonic! When I've had a truly horrible day, my husband will sometimes stop at the Sonic on his way home to pick up tots and a hot fudge milkshake. While not good for our waistlines, it's definitely a mood changer.

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    1. Oh my wow. Yes!!! I've never had one before but now I feel like I neeeeed one. And tots. Who doesn't love tots? So good! Thank you for this most delicious suggestion!

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  10. Those are some rocking eyebrows and Sonic drinks. So glad we got to have our girls day!!

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