Remnants and hints

It is nearly midnight.

I just got home from a night filled with laughter and friends.

Craig has left the light on over the bar, where Katie’s completed homework sits, waiting to be tucked into her backpack in the morning.

Matthew’s Woody and Buzz Lightyear figures lay beside Katie’s homework, waiting for familiar 3-year-old hands.

Now I will close up my computer, lock up the house, turn off the lights and go upstairs to cover little bodies and slide into bed beside the one that waits for me.

This is joy.

These small things that make up this life that we’ve built.

Small remnants of moments lived and hints of more to come.

And I am so very grateful.

There are random moments – tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children’s rooms – when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my true religion: arbitrary moments nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead.

–Elizabeth Berg, The Art of Mending


  1. Angela

    Gorgeous. Sometimes it’s in those quiet moments that it really hits me how lucky I am to be living my exact life, for all it’s flaws.

  2. Sherri

    You are so right, my friend…joy. So glad you found a slice of it. xo

  3. Maureen

    Love this, Nichole. Those are the moments to cherish…a string of sweet and powerful memories are like the highlight reel that keep us moving forward. So glad you captured these in writing!

  4. Yes. Those moments of reminding or realizing how beautiful and wonderful life is. Love this. xo

  5. Leigh Ann

    I truly think that cherishing these small moments is what hold us together when the boat gets rocked. Lovely. :)

  6. Tonya

    So simple. So pure. So joyous.

  7. Susan Cooper

    What a wonderful moment you had. It is these little moments that make life so worth it. Congratulations. :-)

  8. chelyagogo

    Beautifully written. An even gentle arc of a story, which perfectly captures your tone. Thanks for a great post and a great reminder. I look forward to reading more from you.

  9. Maria

    Lovely <3

  10. Natalie

    Yes! So true…love your words my friend (and that quote at the end…I’m going to post it on the fridge!)

  11. Jennifer Wolfe

    I often feel this way when I’m home alone and wandering around the house. Or when I’m folding my children’s laundry, and think about how they’ve grown. Simple beauty.

  12. Our life is made of these tiny, often fleeting and unnoticed moment. If we fail to enjoy them, we fail to appreciate our greatest gift – of being here.

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