Simple Things ABCs

by tinareale on July 4, 2012

Today marks the celebration of freedom in our country – something we all too often take for granted. I know I do. I value my freedoms, but don’t really consider and appreciate it nearly enough. So for today’s post I want to be thankful for my freedom…but also for the other simple things in life that matter to me and deserve a bit more gratitude and acknowledgment. Thanks Janetha for sharing this post idea. It’s too perfect for today and recognizing the things in life that truly matter – from A to Z.

A – Awakening each morning. It means a new day and another blessing of life granted.

B – Bible. After awakening each morning, it’s time for my Bible. Aka my guide book for life that gives me peace and joy every morning.

C – Coloring books. Such a small thing but I’m thankful for the bonding moments they allow me with my daughter.

D – Dessert.  Because, well, duh!

E – Elmo. Yes, I’m thankful for Elmo. Anything that can entertain Braedon so well (which means for more than 5 minutes) deserves my gratitude. The kid is nonstop.  

F – FRIENDS. Both the TV show and the people Winking smile

G – Google. How else to get quick “answers” to anything and everything? Organize my calendars? Do my work? Keep up with my favorite blogs?

H – Hugs. They always cheer me up!

I – Ice. It’s been a good friend to my aches and pains lately.

J – Job. I know it’s not new news…but I do feel so blessed to work in the ways I do.

K – Keurig. Gotta have that morning coffee!!!

L – Lake. I’m blessed to live so close to the lake for scenic views and family picnics. If only we had a boat to get out on the water more. But this about focusing on the simple things, right? Right.

M – Mother. My mother is seriously the strongest person I know on this planet.

N – Naptime. I love naptime. Not for my own naps, but to actually get things done!

O – Oatmeal. It never gets old to me.

P – Pizza. It never gets old, either. And may just be my favorite food ever.

Q – Quiet. Such a rarity as a mother, but definitely loved. Hence naptime and Bible reading making my list. I cherish both those moments and the quiet has a lot to do with it.

R – Running. You likely saw that one coming 26.2 miles away. It truly puts my mind at ease.

S – Sex. I went there. Because that bond with your spouse should be cherished and valued.

T – Toby Mac. I love his music, what can I say?

U – Unplanned weekends. I love the sporadic weekend with nothing on the schedule and the time to just purely relax.

V – Vacations since I have so  many places to see. Next trip = Chicago to visit Chelsey and still cheer on my running friends, even though I won’t be racing.  

W – Water. Everyone who has water readily available to drink should count it as a blessing. 

X – Xtra help. Come on. I couldn’t come up with an X word. And I am very grateful for my Sister-In-Law’s help a couple times a week so I can get work done.

Y – Yellow. it’s such a pretty, cheerful color. And it was our wedding color. 

Z – ZZZZZZs since I don’t get nearly enough and always love when I can catch a few extras.

Your Turn – Give me 3 different letters of your simple things you appreciate! Any fun plans for the 4th?


1 lindsay July 4, 2012 at 7:40 am

bible, sexy husband time, toby mac, running… oh ya. that’s good stuff!

2 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 4, 2012 at 7:48 am

Great list Tina! I would agree whole heartedly with friends, hugs, keurig, oatmeal, sex and lake! Those would all be on my list! Elmo was Jay’s favorite too. That brings back so many memories and his favorite color is yellow. Enjoy that time with the little ones…it really does go so fast! I hope you have a great day…we are staying out of the heat. That’s pretty much the only plan for today.

3 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health July 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

Aw I love this post. And love that you included sex! I love when people don’t shy away from admitting that :) . Hmmm my answers- roller coasters, soul detox (reading that has been amazing!), and the song “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes! Hope you have a fantastic holiday Tina!

4 Lauren July 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

Happy 4th girl! Hope you enjoy the holiday!

5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

Happy 4th! Hope you have a fabulous day! I will be driving from Boston to NYC and enjoying this week of vacation I’m having. :)

6 tinareale July 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

Definitely enjoy that vacation!

7 Yellow Haired Girl July 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love posts like this! Such a nice little reminder that there’s a lot we should be grateful and thankful for :) Enjoy your day!

8 Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy July 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

Great post! I celebrated Canada Day this weekend so I guess for the 4th the extent of my celebrating is wearing my red white and blue sweater and getting looks from people who didn’t know I was American! :)

R – Running, especially on trails! Fave!
S – Squash. ’nuff said.
T – The Today Show. Today I took a morning off of life — no chores or to dos or even workouts — just to laze around, read blogs, and watch the tube! Bliss.

Happy 4th!

9 Suzanne July 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

What a cute post!

My favorite color is yellow!

10 Alex @ therunwithin July 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

I love yellow, I can’t believe it was your wedding color, it must have been beautiful!

11 Lisa July 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Love this. And definitely agree in sex, people always shy away from that topic, but sex is part of a healthy life. And got to agree on the friends. Friends are the best, as is my mom! Have a happy 4th of July!

12 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning July 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I love so many of the items on your list- and no, not just sex and pizza. You have GOOD taste!!
And you putting “job” makes me smile, since I’m going into the same field!

13 tinareale July 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I bet

14 Coco July 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Electricity (after our 3-day power outage!), Starbucks, Watermelon

Love the picture of your mom — how is she doing?

15 tinareale July 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

She’s still about the same. Strong and positive, although still having relapses every couple of months. She stays positive and strong in faith though. She amazes me.

16 jessie July 5, 2012 at 4:46 am

I love your post. It truly does show that we should be completely grateful for what we do have in life. Thank you for sharing this.. ohh and i love that you weren’t afraid to put sex in it :)

17 jobo July 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

Love this idea. And love the one about your mom the most (great pic of her btw). Let’s see – oatmeal, yes, never gets old. Wine, yeah that doesn’t get old either ;-) And summer, because I seriously think I am happiest in the summer no matter what

18 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hmm, simple things I appreciate:
T for talk shows (guilty pleasure!)
S for smores (YUM)
and B for books (I’ve been a reading machine this summer!)


19 [email protected] July 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

P is DEF for pizza and S is def for Sex. YES, oh yessss!

20 tinareale July 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Hahaha!! And a night with P and S is always a good one. ;)

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