A Sprinkling of Gratitude

These past couple of weeks have been lovely…there has been so much for which I have been grateful.

The love of a little boy for his stuffed puppy…

A handwritten thank you note for the tiniest of things from a company that I’m honored to work with…

The joy of a warm tubby and a tiny duck…

Completely unnecessary, but much-appreciated flowers from my dear friend, Sherri

Dim sum and late-night conversation with my lovely friend, Eileen

The emergence of warmer weather and Katie’s blue Crocs…

Sixty-four colors of Crayola bliss…

Joy really is found in the smallest of moments.


  1. Rachel mommyneedsavacation.com

    Ahhh….it really is the small things! Sadie just busted out her purple crocs!!

  2. BringUpBee bringingupbronwyn.com

    I love this! And I loved our evening! It was more needed than I even realized. Thank you for being a friend.

  3. andygirl

    mmm yes! so completely true. and that ducky photo? completely scrumptious. <3

  4. Jessica mytimeasmom.com

    Food looks delicious. Cute pics of the kids.

  5. kelly momgotblog.com

    The box of 64 comes in markers now???!! Boy, I am so outta touch! Hahaha!

  6. Galit Breen theselittlewaves.com

    *Sigh* Yes, Yes, it does. This was a lovely reminder to stop and notice all that is good. Of course it is! That's just what you *do!* XO

  7. tracy sellabitmum.com

    Wait – warm enough for crocs??? #jealous

  8. CDG

    So sweet!

    (and remember how you said I was brave to let Felix paint in the house? I won't even buy him markers. now *that* is brave!)

  9. Kir thekircorner.com

    Oh my kids are never finding out about the 64 makers..yet ;)
    Love all your pictures and all you have to be gratefrul for. Our human connections are such wonderful surprises and daily gifts.

  10. Efloraross thewriterrevived.com

    Awesome! SB has that same puppy, too! We haven't been able to break out the beach gear here yet, but we are heading down to Naples for a beach vacation in a few weeks. Can't wait!

  11. What delicous little pieces of happiness! I can't wait until we finally make it to crocs weather. Our little taste of it in Nashville last week may have made us all a little more stir-crazy (if that's possible!)

  12. Renee 2old2tap.blogspot.com

    Aww, adorable children!

    And I want dim sum for breakfast now.

  13. Evonne julesoutloud.blogspot.com

    This post makes me smile. Quite often, it's the little things that mean the most.

    My son is beyond excited to be able to wear his crocs. He lives in those things!

  14. Pop

    Lovely photos, Nichole. And while I love the emergence of kid's crocs, it's also disturbing to see the emerging of adult crocs…

  15. Sherri

    Oh, I feel so lucky to have made your list of things to be grateful for! I so enjoyed our time together and can't wait for the next time!

    Those little crocks are adorable…my daughter had a little pink pair at one time.

  16. beautiful! that food looks amazing… love late night talks with friends… and tulips? Icing on the cake!

  17. Ah I love that!! You take great pictures btw!! But I think the box of crayola is my fave….made me smile. Because every kiddo creates a masterpiece with their crayola!!

  18. And those photos show the moments absolutely beautifully.

    So so beautifully.

  19. It is so true. It is just these little moments that add up to all the things we are grateful for! Especially when the little ones gives us special little moments all day long that help us forget when we get frustrated with them!

  20. sugarbowlmix

    The small things and gestures in life are so often what we appreciate the most – I'm a big fan of handwritten thank yous! And isn't it amazing what kids can do with a simple thing like a piece of paper and a box of crayons or markers?

  21. Tonya lettersforlucas.com

    Thank you for a wonderful reminder of all the many small wondrous amazing things that I, too have to be grateful for!

  22. That's a wonderful list!

  23. Mmmm. 64 colors of markers? LOVE.

  24. momwentcrazy

    Oh, I love tulips! My parents own the flower shop I work at, and when the tulips come in season, I usually take a bunch or two home a month just to feel some cheer!

  25. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Katie lives in those things all summer! Love that they're so easy to clean. :)
    Yay, summer!

  26. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I've been craving more dim sum since I woke up on Sunday!
    Thanks so much for a fun night!

  27. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    That was one of my favorite shots too. :)
    Thank you!

  28. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Thank you, Jessica!
    They make it pretty easy on me. :)

  29. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I know! How amazing is that?!

  30. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Thank you, Galit.
    And when you stop and look around, it's amazing what you see. :)

  31. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I'll be complaining about the heat in no time! Stay tuned. ;)

  32. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I'm living on the edge over here.
    Getting wild with Crayola. ;)

  33. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I hear you about being stir-crazy!
    It has been the longest, rainiest winter this year.
    I'm so happy to see the sunshine again.

  34. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Thank you, Renee.
    Mmmm….dim sum for breakfast. That sounds like a plan!

  35. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Thank you, Evonne!
    Yes, the little things mean so much.

  36. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I fought the kid croc for so long and then just caved when I realized how easy they are to clean.
    Still won't buy a pair for myself though.

  37. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    We had such an amazing time Saturday night!
    What a lovely treat it was. :)

  38. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Thank you, Crystal!
    I take about 338 pictures at a time and usually get about 3 that I like. ;)
    The markers are a slice of heaven!

  39. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Coming from you, that compliment means the world!
    Thank you so much. :)

  40. Efloraross thewriterrevived.com

    I can't go in to any store at this point w/out having to buy something with Dora the Explorer on it. SB is OBSESSED! LOL

    What are you jealous about? You just went to Tahoe! ;) This will be the first time we have ever traveled with SB. We've been too chicken up to now…

  41. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Enough winter already!

  42. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    It's a good thing that the good far outweighs the struggles! :)

  43. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I find that when I'm most stressed, I just need to slow down and look around to see all of the amazing little things that can change my frame of mind.
    Happy sighs for the small moments.

  44. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Thank you, Tonya. :)
    Those small things can get swallowed up by the big stuff sometimes.
    So nice to slow down a bit and look around. :)

  45. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    Thanks, Ally! :)

  46. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    I know! Swoon!

  47. Nichole inthesesmallmoments.com

    They were the loveliest little surprise that brought joy for days.
    Tulips are such happy flowers. :)
    And lucky you!

  48. ksluiter

    I LOVE this kind of post! Thankful with pictures. and tulips? are my favorite…hey Sherri…do you hear that?

    and holy crap do I want that marker box!

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