So I've just haven't quite been able to get back into a normal groove of writing lately and I thought this might help. I've been keeping a little list of Delight lately. A list of things that make me feel full and warm my face into a grin.
I figured maybe once a month or so I might share a few of those things with you in case you need a little delight too. (Who doesn't?!?!)
We have eight (EIGHT!!!) baby chicks brooding on our kitchen counters right now. They weren't really in the plan, but now that they are here we are obsessed. The kids and I sit around in the kitchen and watch them all day. We love seeing that they each have different personalities and tendencies. Chick watching, as it turns out, is surprisingly cathartic.
2. Power Sheets
I'm a pretty obsessive list maker, but I'm an absolutely terrible follow through-er (yup, I just made that up). These goal setting sheets were a little bit of an investment, but it turns out that for me investment=engagement. They are seriously intense to go through the first time as they force you to really get to the core and then each month you reflect and update with Tending Sheets. The Tending Sheets are were the magic happens for me. They have daily, weekly, and monthly goals. It turns out that you can indeed move mountains one day at a time. (That's my chick, Sasparilla, with this months tending sheets.)
3. Spray Oil
How did I not know about this stuff. It is oil, but instead of making a big goopy mess you can just spray the stuff straight on. This is especially delightful right after you bath five kids that all need some serious moisturizing, but don't quite have the focus to always get the job done right. Since we live in an almost-desert here this stuff is a dream come true.
4. Nature Journaling
This has been our first "official" year of homeschooling and I still have confused and mixed feelings about all of it. But what I'm sure of? Nature journaling is delightful. I made the kids some fancy smancy journals that hold all of their colored pencils and notebooks and can be carried like backpacks. They strap those suckers on and off they go. All the sudden a bike ride or a walk is an adventure in observation. They pay attention to what's around them and they ask good questions. We have all been able to slow down and enjoy a little more wonder with this little practice.
So tell me, where are you finding delight lately?