signs of life…depends on how I look at it

There are Lego Men everywhere, all the time, constantly invading every nook in my home.

My boys are creative and capable of finding unique hiding places.

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A doll stroller with a half eaten snack bowl has been left in my room. Again.

My kids don’t know true hunger. They don’t feel the need to hide food or even finish what they are given because they know they will eat abundantly again.
2.21.11-03

In a yard full of grass my kids can find the mud and prefer to run in it.

We have a yard….a yard where my kids can run free and play without worry or concern over what is under their feet.
2.21.11-08

Seriously, another toy tucked away on the mantle?

My boys are healthy and growing. There was a time when they learned to stand, now they can reach high places.
2.21.11-04

Shoes and socks hastily taken off and thrown in the middle of the living room. Why can’t they remember to put their belongings up?

We have shoes. Not just one pair for each family member, but lots of shoes. Our feet are protected when we come and go. We have shoes.
2.21.11-05

A temper tantrum on the kitchen floor. Again.

My daughter cries because she knows she is safe, secure and there is someone there to answer her cries. Children all over the world no longer cry, they have learned that there is no one there to answer their cries. My daughter cries and displays her temper because she knows I am here for her.
2.21.11-02

Toys that belong upstairs have been left on the floor in my room…and I am tired of bending over to pick them up.

My kids have toys. They have favorite toys and favorite books and favorite pillows. I’ll miss it when his favorite toy is no longer a little stuffed dog.
2.21.11-06

Legos. Again. Legos. Why are there so many and why are they so small?

My boys are learning to build, create and role play as their little fingers build with tiny blocks.
2.21.11-07

Laundry feels overwhelming. Their clothes get so dirty and the laundry never ends.

We have clothes. All those little dirty jeans belong to a dirty footed little boy that has captivated my heart….I’ll take his laundry if it means having him.
2.21.11-09

Jedi. Hans Solo. The Force. Battle Droid. Darth Maul. General Grievous. Imperial Star Destroyer….sometimes I just want to read a book in english.

My kids love to read. Granted it may not be Mr. Bell’s Fixit Shop, but they love to read….and they can read.
2.21.11-10

There are so many little things every day that I am quick to be negative about or think that I wish they weren’t part of my life. When I first think about it, it sounds wonderful not to step on Legos or have so much laundry. The idea of reading books at night that don’t involve battles or dinosaurs wearing underwear sounds so appealing. Not sweeping my floor 6 times a day and picking up toys strewn about the entire house sounds like a breath of fresh air.


But, it wouldn’t be. If I didn’t step on Legos or wash so much laundry…if I didn’t find army men hiding on the mantle and dirty shoes dropped off in the living room….if I didn’t deal with tantrums and Star Wars….it would mean 4 little people were not in my life. The mere thought of life without them is too much to ponder.

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Most of my days are made up of things that are really just a matter of how I choose to look at it.

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  • Shannon - Lovely. It really does help to have a positive perspective doesn’t it. We are currently trying to buy a home, and have outgrown our rental, so that every day I am struggling with kids messes where they “shouldn’t” be and kids fighting over play space. This post is just what I needed. I need to change my perspective and be grateful that we have a home to live in! Thank you so much for this virtual kick in the pants for my attitude!

  • Elise - Oh my stars…this may well be my favorite post…I definitely need to keep this in mind as I pick up dirty laundry, trip over toys, change diapers, and give insulin shots. I’ll take all of that over not having my four!!!
    Thanks for this post and I hope you have an awesome day!!!
    Elise

  • Shannon - I love how you view life. I stop and think about things like this sometimes. I wish my kids could see it but I think they are too protected from what the world is really like.

  • Kelly - Great post! Kelly

  • Tonia - Thank you for this! I needed this today… and everyday!

  • RachelC - Enjoyed it!

  • amanda torres - Really great post! I have to remind myself of this also.

  • Danett - My boy is 5 and just now getting into star wars. We bought our first book the other day and I thought I was reading another language too! LOL Seriously, I need a pronunciation guide for that book!

  • Amy C - I love this post. What a great photographic reminder of all the little things that make our life so special and our world go round right? LOVE! Getting the camera out today :)

  • Mel {V} - Too cute, that is my house everyday. Where on earth did you get that cute shirt for your daughter with those eyeglasses? AH.DORABLE!

  • Erin - The Smallest Sparrow - What a lovely post. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate what we have in our children.

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys - I love your take on what can be viewed as every day annoyances. I can relate to it so much. My favorite? I want to read a book in English!

  • Danielle - This was an awesome post! I will really have to work at looking things like this :)

  • Sarah A - Have been reading your blog for a few months now and so very blessed by it but today… wow, God knew that I needed to hear these words! Thanks for the reminder to choose gratefulness and keep a proper perspective. This is a good lesson to remember when dealing with husbands as well. :-) By the way, your kids are the cutest things. My hubby is the oldest of three boys & and a girl and I love thinking of him as a child when I look at your pics. Fun!

  • Reidunn - Nice perspective! Great post.

  • andy - good insight
    great post
    thank you for your continual perspective on life, family and what does and doesn’t matter in light of eternity.

  • becca~CapturingSimpleJoys - beautiful post and a wonderful reminder to hold precious the little things that make up our days as mamas. i too find legos all over the house and paper and pencils of my daughters as she pauses from drawing and writing. i wouldn’t know what to do if that suddenly disappeared and even though there are days i get grumpy picking things up or asking the kids to once again pick things up, i’m very, very thankful too!

  • Nicole - but Ashley, Dinosaurs LOVE Underpants! We ordered that book from school and I had no idea what I was getting us into :) Wonderful post today – all of it so very, very true. Happy Monday!

  • tiffani - beautiful. absolutely beautiful…

  • Amy - Thanks for the reminder. I needed that today.

  • tiffani - beautiful. just beautiful:) …

  • Raquel - I relate so much… life just seems to be all or nothing at times – need more balancing.

  • Brook - Thank you for this! I read your blog regularly and this post just made me smile today. :)

  • angie webb - Beautiful post. Simply beautiful.

  • messy little puddles - I love seeing that I’m not the only one undrgoing lifes little struggles but i need to ask how do you cope with it all?

  • Devon - Thank you. My heart is so full after reading this post. I went to bed so overwhelmed and discouraged last night. We have “treasures” left all over the place this Monday morning. We homeschool our children and all too often I feel I can never escape all the “stuff”. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. God is so good! I am ready to tackle this day and go love on all my people!

  • Jenny W - Ashley…I am surrounded by a messy house and a day of homeschooling my kids…whom I would never want to live without!
    Thanks for that reminder…I will now clean and teach today with the joy of the LORD!!!

  • Mrs.magoo - This is great :) so completely true.

  • Pamela - Love this post!

  • Pamela - Love this post – it is so true. It all depends on how we look at life.

  • Sarah M - I absolutely loved this. So, so, so true. I need this type of reminder every day. Thanks for sharing.

    Sarah M

  • Devon - Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I went to bed very discouraged and overwhelmed last night. I am ready to go love on my people and help them lovingly put away some of their “treasures”. God has used you to encourage my soul today!

  • Ashley - Sometimes all you need is a little perspective.

    I really need to wrap my head around that one today. My little has been waking up between 5:15 and 5:30 for the last week. It is driving me nuts. Time to remind myself how lucky I am to see her smiling face in the morning, no matter what time.

  • Emily - wow… that last line really hit home. That is something I am going to write down and hang somewhere where I will see it often. thank you

  • Abigail - beautiful perspective…thank you for the reminders!!

  • Tammy - Agreed. Especially on those temper tantrums. My little two year old is becoming more and more expressive and we have friends who are so quick to be critical. Thank you for new perspective today.

  • amy - yes! i am constantly reminding myself of all of these little things, Ashley. I mean, seriously. I even have a quote hanging up inside my closet so I can be reminded every day. thanks for sharing!

  • Anna - beautiful post..the pictures, the writing, and your thoughts. thank you for sharing!

  • Amanda - So very awesome Ashley. Especially after a difficult week of growing pains in our house! Thanks for the reminders that all of us parents go through the same things and it’s just a matter of how we choose to ‘see them’ that get us through. I definitely prayed a LOT! :)

  • Lori - Oh – Ashley – just what I needed to start my day – as I look around at my house and the disarray already caused this morning – I chuckle…with you. It’s a good thing. I am reminded how I am blessed beyond measure. I am happily going off to do laundry now and wipe up bananas from the floor. thanks for the pep talk!!

  • chasingdelight - [...] see the mess it sure is hard for me to be grateful!  This morning my favorite photo blogger did this post which literally spoke the words out of my heart and the pictures to go with!  It’s all [...]

  • Charity - Thank you!!!! So glad I read this before I started my day! I have 3 little ones and needed this reminder!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - This is MY kind of post! I think if all us mamas remembered that we are like the thermostat for our homes- our joy, our attitudes, our emotions, rule the climate of our homes- that we would see happier homes and marriages. You are so right. It is all how we look at it. When I wash dishes or clean toilets, I chant (I really do) that I am thankful. Thankful for these people I get to clean up after.

  • Seamingly Sarah - What a great way to turn around your thinking. Do you have “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” too? I can’t stand how the last few pages don’t rhyme, but thankfully it is not my daughter’s top favorite right now. I’d trade your dinosaur books for our disney princess book obsession right now, but I think we’d both end up prefering our original lives in the end.

    My biggest pet peeves are the unfinished snacks and then asking for a new snack. I HATE to waste food! But you put a nice spin on it. I’ll have to remember that. And of course the tantrums. Those have been hard on me. But I just repeat a mantra in my head when disciplining or ignoring tantrums: “this will not kill her, this will make her a better person in the end…”

    Thanks for letting sharing with us!

  • kristy taylor - i used to say this to myself about bills. i’d think ‘we have no money because of the bills’… then i remembered.. we have bills because we are lucky enough to have a home of our own, even if it is small, it is more than most & all the luxuries that having a home entails. light bill. etc. we can provide food for ourselves & our family.

    so many things are just a matter of perspective.

  • jami nato - dude, i like you too.

    i feel normal when i read this post. sometimes i hop into bed and find 18 cars and 10 legos to snuggle up too. and it usually makes me smile.

    unless i step on a lego…then i silently cuss.

  • Julie B - Thanks! I totally needed this today. Just wait until you have “jewelry and dress up” everywhere, along with the legos. Sometimes I am overwhelmed with the insane amount of laundry to do. It really just never ends!!! But when I see how happy and well adjusted they are I figure the mess doesn’t matter too much.

  • Sara W - I totally love this! and it is SO true – all a matter of perspective. Thank you for reminding me.

  • Cat from Constant in Chaos - I love finding the kids’ toys tucked in random places. it makes my heart smile….especially when I find them after they go to bed at night. There’s just something about it.

  • LeAnne W - Thank you for today’s post. I needed it after yesterday. It was one of those days I had to disappear to my room for a couple of hours. Then felt guilty for needing to be away from my 2 sweets, realizing that life would suck, plain and simple, without them! ( :

  • Cate O'Malley - Excellent reminder … it’s definitely all in how we look at things.

  • ashley jensen - I was doing this exact thing on the way to work this morning! I started thinking of the bad things that have happened in the past year and told myself to stop and look at it positively . So I did and it instantly lifted my spirits! I also find toys hidden everywhere. It makes me smile.

  • Krista Lund - such a wonderful post and has inspired me to create one of my own.

  • Heather - Beautiful. Thanks for the reminder. Great way to start my day.

  • Lacy M. - What a sweet post!! I too need to remember the positives of all the mess and everyday routines….thanks!!

  • nancy boothe - You are a beautiful, magnificent person.

  • Rachel - Beautiful! Great way to look at every part of life! I definitely need to practice:

    I am having to work on a day when everyone else is off.

    I am blessed to have a full time job doing what i love!

  • Colleen - Beautiful. And true. Thank you.

  • Laurie J - great perspective on what life can look like w/4 little kiddos and a heart full of good attitude!

  • Faith - We LOVE Shark Vs. Train. What a funny book!
    Great post. :)

  • Cory - I like this. Beautiful post. My day will be better. Thank you.

  • maryliz cawley - your blog is such a blessing in my life … brings a smile to my face always and peace to my heart so very often. xoxo mary liz

  • Ozarkmama - I’ve just recently found your blog and really enjoy it. This post in particular has struck me. I too have Lego men and army guys lurking in places only my lil’ man could dream of. And…I have slipped on tutu’s and nearly torn a ligament :) THank you for such a sweet reminder of what blessing these are!

  • Mariah - Amen, sister. It’s a gift to be able to see the beauty when we’re up to our ears in laundry. I’m thankful for sleepless nights, because it means my baby is healthy. I’m thankful for smudged windows, pencil marks on the walls, and little golden books in my bed. Life is such a beautiful gift!

  • Jamie - great. simply great. period.

  • Julie - Beautiful! Thank you so much for letting me start my Monday by reading this.

  • Olivia R. - I just have to say that I love that your kids have the Shark vs Train book!

  • Cherron - Very well said.

  • kyla hailstone - Thank you. I too am quick to get frustrated and overlook the blessings ;)

  • stacy - thanks for the reminder that life is all about perspective! right now for me that’s – my back and hips are stiff and i am starting to hobble, but my baby girl is healthy and strong and will be in my arms very soon!

  • ~ Junkyard Jennifer - This is such a beautiful post, it brought tears to my eyes. Such a great reminder for all of us moms out there! Thank you. :) We all get frustrated with these things from time to time. I love the reminder to look at the positive.

    ~ Jennifer

  • Kirra Sue - This is so encouraging Ashley. Thank you so much for being such a picture of what it means to be thankful. It’s always a choice. I love your blog & am thankful for your ministry to so many who read it.

  • Michelle - WOW…I needed to hear that. We’re in the midst of potty training with lots of messes and stubbornness…so I’m thankful to be reminded of this! I love it how God does that…perfect timing!

  • stephanie - loved this…and badly needed this today. Thank you so much for being a fellow warrior mother. (dramatic, yes.)

  • Candace - What a wonderfully fresh perspective! This was so encouraging!

  • Vicki - Oh! I do love this. Love it. What a beautiful exercise in gratitude.

  • Courtney Henson - Such a beautiful reminder! I know I feel that way often but I really will be sad when this stage of young kiddos is over. When I’m annoyed by two kids fighting over who gets to sit in my lap I think soon they won’t want to snuggle like this anymore. Thanks for posting this…I need a daily reminder to appreciate ALL I am blessed with..mounds of dirty laundry and all!

  • Shawnene - Perspective. I needed that today. My 6 year old destroyed the house with her dolls and craft supplies this morning and I keep stepping on light brights in the middle of the night when I wake to nurse the baby. Your post reminded my how blessed I really am. Thank you.

  • Mo Breen - Great shots, they could have been taken in my house, I started a 365 Blog back in January and love looking at others for inspiration. feel free to check it out http://flojomo365.blogspot.com/

  • Amy - My favorite post so far, Ashley. I didn’t catch on to what you were saying until about the 3rd photo… but it was all just what I needed to hear today. Thank you!!

  • Alice H - I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing. I know that I take all the small things for granted. And I really needed this reminder.

    When I get home I will take a picture of my son’s legos. He is 10 and he is obsessed!

  • Mirys from Brazil - Exactly what I try to do EVERY-SINGLE-DAY!

    Great pics!
    Great thougts!
    Great post!

    Mirys
    http://www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com

  • Jen - I am a fairly new follower and I love your blog. But today’s post was really, really needed. Thanks you for bringing tears to my eyes and a fresh perspective to my day. Xo

  • because love is a lifestlye - Thanks for sharing your great point of view. Where I live most kids don’t have those things that our kids have… shoes, abundant food, loving moms to read to them etc. Most people don’t see those blessings in disguise. I am glad you do and share it with others!

  • Rachel - What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing your photographs as well as your reminders to stay positive and see our moments from all sides. :)

  • Mrs. Muffins - I’ve been reading your blog for quite sometime now and I think this might be the first time I’ve commented. I loved this post. I’m often sadenned when I read about or see mothers so aggravated at their children. The ins and outs of motherhood are not without stress and monotony but there are people who would give anything to trade places, even just for a day. Whether they can’t conceive or have lost a child… And I know that I won’t always be here for my daughter. I want to spend the time I have with her happy, not upset and yelling.
    <3
    xx

  • Chiara - This is one of my favourite posts you’ve ever written. It is often much easier to be negative about things that irritate us than to glory in the fact that we have them and they are a representation of marvelous things. It’s something I forget all the time and this post does a wonderful job of reminding me to be grateful for the things I have. Thank you.

  • Jill R - Did you go hiking just so little sister could show off those rad boots? Because I would totally understand that….so darn cute! Also, great post today. Thanks for a little perspective.

  • Elizabeth Highsmith - heart piercing i’ll now be bowing my head and when i raise it seeing a bit better.

    needed the perspective reminder. thank you. and who went and told firecracker she could explode all grown up on us? standing in the woods so grown up lady like!

  • Alison - So grateful for your empathy for the disadvantaged all over the world.

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  • Desiree - This made me tear up. It’s so true. I love finding a random toy in a random place while my daughter is napping because it makes me think of her.

  • Kristy C - Beautifully stated

  • Aaren - This was such a wonderful post to read…..especially because here in Ontario, Canada it is a holiday today called “Family Day”. I am a new follower to your blog and I love everything you write and post…you have such a wonderful outlook on life and family. Thank you for making me smile:)

  • irene - you made my day!!
    thx u ashley, i just can’t help to say something.
    thx u thx u :)

  • twirlingbetty - Thanks for the reminder to put a positive spin on things the next time I bend over to tidy something up for the bazillionth time that day. It’s so true: we’re so very fortunate. In other news, I’m thrilled to see you’ve made a bigger cat-eye glasses shirt for Firecracker. Love it! And it’s the perfect outfit for a tantrum, frankly.

  • joan kimball - How did you make this so cool frame?

    xxoo
    read you every day…
    JoanE

  • shauna reed - this is really lovely.
    and inspiring.
    i want to walk around my dirty, messy house and find things that i can be thankful for.
    you are a wise woman.
    with lotsa kids :)
    little ones.
    you are a busy, blessed lady.
    thank you for sharing your gratefulness.

  • Michelle Richards - This is SO true. I could have taken many of the same pictures from around my house, and chuckled at many of the similarities. What a GREAT reminder on how precious life is and to rally savor and enjoy those moments.

  • Colleen - I could not agree more. I think about stuff like that when we have a rough day around here. I know there will come a day when I am sad that my little girl does not need me as much as she does today. So with that thought, I strive to me more present in today’s little moments.

  • Crystal - Best. Post. Ever. Thanks!!

  • Emily - this is lovely. thank you

  • Carrie - oh the perspective of love! and don’t you think that while we often see things in the “black” of this awesome post; God sees it in the “blue” – even us :) I am challenged to view my children today with the perspective of love; and remember that I am also the child seen with the perspective of love.

  • Ana Brightful - Thank you for this. It is a great reminder to be thankful for all aspects of motherhood, even the seemingly unappealing tasks. Thank you.

  • CharlaL - Best. Post. EVER. Thank YOU!

  • Chris Barton - Your perspective is as lovely as your photography — and as the guy who wrote Shark Vs. Train, I’m honored to have it be part of your family’s day-to-day goings-on.

  • Lauren - Once again perfect timing for this mom adjusting to being a stay at home mom. I think I work more than I did at my 8-5.

  • CB - Beautiful post! Nice reminder to appreciate the wonderful little people in our lives (even if their habits do drive us batty ;) ) .

  • amy jupin - i needed to read this today.
    i am beyond complainey.
    and i have to right to be.
    thank you for the gentle reminder and the kind lesson.
    i needed to be reminded. :)

  • kristen Kern - Thank you for reminding me of how fortunate and blessed I am to have my sweet five children and all their toys and messes and laundry!!!

  • Christina Ruhlig - Reminds me of the verse “Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father.” There’s no such thing as a task that can’t be for His glory – it’s all a matter of our heart’s perspective!

    Thank you for sharing. I so desperately needed this reminder today.

  • Sharon SImons - WOW! You nailed it! Thanks! I could not agree more and I really think you snuck in my house and took those pictures!

  • misti - sweet:)))

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  • Jennifer Baker - This blog post is such a reminder to all us of us. You reminded us that even any small (somewhat annoying) things we are truly blessed! Thanks for sharing! I loved it!

  • jordan - seriously…does it get more precious than this? love.

  • Stephanie - What a great post. Wish I had thought of that. Thanks for sharing!

  • Renee - Makes us realise we’re lucky to have our First World ‘problems’.

  • Olivia - Oh wow – I just love your positivity & the way you make us realise how much our little feet mean to us.

  • amac - Thanks for this post! What a great dose of perspective :)

  • Erica - What a great post! It really puts things into perspective. Sometimes we get so busy in everyday life, that we forget the little things like that..We all need a reminder every once in awhile how lucky we are in what have..thank you for that reminder!

  • Trish - your perspective is refreshing. we should all look at the mundane this way! thanks

  • Tess S - it’s all in how you look at it. gorgeous post, ashley. there is beauty in the every day. even if it’s hiding underneath a laundry pile.

  • Heather Z. - I thought of your post this morning when my 4 yr. old wanted me to carry him to his room. Sometimes that drives me crazy when we’re trying to rush around to get out the door in time. Other times I am grateful just to be able to hold him without him squirming away. And I am so grateful that he is a healthy, happy boy that can walk and is not confined to a wheelchair. Although I moan and groan, I know that the things I complain about are little things in the grand scheme of things and I am truly blessed!

  • Christina - Wow, thank you for that! I felt like you were talking about my life, and so nice to get the right perspective! Need to be thanking God for the blessings and not worry so much about the mess they come with:) God bless you!

  • kaleyann - This was such a great post and something that I struggle with daily. So today, I am going to try to look at everything that I would usually complain about with a new perspective. Thank you!

  • JoAnn Marie Milner - Thank you for the beautiful post. Our family enjoys the Lego in every nook and cranny as well :) My oldest is almost 10, and into Lego more than ever! I appreciated your reminder of the beauties of life and motherhood. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you!

  • Patty - Ashley, this is the first time I’m commenting here after stumbling upon your website a few months ago. This post really reminded me of why I decided to stay home with my 3 lovelies. It makes me think how I am often “annoyed” by things like toys everywhere (I too have Legos everywhere!), snacks everywhere, daily meltdowns, etc….and that I should try and see the flip side/blessings of it all. I think I should print this post up and read it every morning!! :o) Thank you for being a true inspiration without even knowing it.

  • erica - great reminder post:) thank you.

  • Stephanie Howell - I fully believe that “happiness is my responsibility”. I choose to look at things in a positive way. I actually blogged about this (in a different way…i’m an army wife) today. Beautiful post. xo

  • Holly Jordan - I just stumbled upon your blog. I love it, very inspiring :) This post made me look around my house today after my boys left for school and smile to myself instead of the usual frustrated “where do I begin” complaint, Thank you!!!

  • Alison - Love it. I can completely relate, especially the Legos.

  • Maya - I will never look at my forever mounting pile of dirty diapers screaming to be washed the same again. Thanks for that. Perfection isn’t futile, it just doesn’t look like what you think it looks.

  • Leanne - I missed seeing this yesterday due to the internet being down at my house. but I’m glad I got to see it today. Thanks for putting such a positive spin on little people and their things. I loved it.

  • JoLynn - Beautifully written. We have so much to be thankful for. How easy it is to forget that. Instead we think of the negatives. A recent loss in my family has really put things into perspective for me. I am trying to be a much more patient mom and to love the little messes my kids make instead of despising them.

  • Cindy Steffan - Thanks so much for sharing. Your thoughts are so simple and seem to say exactly the thoughts of all of us moms out there. Your blog is an inspiration!

  • Kasey - Beautiful!! Every mother needs to read and cherish your words today.

  • Lisa - Love this! Thanks for helping me keep my perspective and thanking God for the blessings of every dirty, noisy, messy moment!

  • Tonpia - I’m relatively new to your site, but I’m smitten with it. And with this latest posting. It’s postings like this that make me stop and take a breath and hug my kids and realize how damn lucky I am. Life is a crapshoot and I needed to be reminded of that. Thank you.

  • Joe Joe - I’m on bed rest with my second child right now. We’re trying to keep her from coming early. I needed a pick me up and reminder that this is not easy but it’s worth it for my beautiful baby girl.

  • Lisa - Love this post. So touching & oh so true! Thank you for these reminders!

  • Laura - Beautiful! And so true! My son was killed by a drunk driver in September. Though out of the Lego season, I so miss so many of these little things. The first few times I did laundry after he died, I cried because I couldn’t wash his clothes anymore. Same with cooking certain foods just for him. I miss his school books laying around in the family room, and a myriad of little things like that.

  • Tom Lichtenheld - Hi, this is Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Shark vs. Train. Thank you for showing our book on your site. Shark and Train would personally thank you, but they are busy bickering over pirate legos.

  • Meg K - Thanks for posting this. I really needed it today.
    I’m going to post a link to this article on my blog. Thanks again.
    -Meg

  • An - That was beautiful. Thank you so much for posting this. Especially the tantrums!! haha.

  • Quincie - You are truely an inspiration. You remind me to celebrate being a mom and the things no one else is aware of that we moms do everyday! I need to smile when i step on a lego head not be frusterated that the kids have left their toys out. THank you for the reminder! Your blog makes me a better mom!:)

  • Beth Ann - Thanks so much for this – I needed it today.

  • cleverlyinspired - Love–this–post….so in love …sharing on fb

  • Darcie - Agreed. I will take sticky, messy fingerprints all over my beautiful computer screen (graphic designer) if it means that I have a sweet daughter who sits in my lap sometimes while I work, and points out things to me. Better to have both than neither.

  • Signs of Life, In My Life | the mind of mrs. magoo - [...] brought me back to a post on Under the Sycamore, on seeing the “signs of life” around us…it really got me looking at the little [...]

  • Stephanie - love that so much! it makes me really see the good in the worse times.

  • Carrie - I love it.I don’t have children yet, but hope I can remember these things as a blessing when/if I do.

  • Gratitude - Julie is Coco and Cocoa - […] second, and for me more moving, blog post was over at Under the Sycamore. There Ashley has taken mundane and sometimes frustrating life moments and turned them into […]

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