simple pleasures in the ordinary


I have been reading (for a couple of months now) one thousand gifts by Ann Voskamp and I am constantly touched by the everyday, ordinariness of her gratitude list...

"book pages turning.
child sobs ebbing.
boys humming hymns.
click of a seat belt.
fender rattling with stones of gravel roads.
wind rushing through open truck window.
horse hooves clopping down a side road.
laundry flapping.
buggy clattering.
squeak of old swing swaying.
laughter."   Ann Voskamp

Nothing special and yet everything special at the same time.  Does that make sense?  The very ordinary things of life, when reflected on with a thankful heart, are truly the most simple of pleasures.

Slow. down. and. listen.  I know you'll find them, too.


I'm joining Dayle again this week for Simple Pleasures...


  1. May I add one? Lace curtains billowing in the breeze...
    I enjoyed your post, as always!

  2. Oh, a friend was telling me about this book and her blog! It sounds like such a beautiful book! :)

    I so love your photography...I know, I know, I say this every time I visit you, but it is so true! You have a good eye for detail, and your photos are always so vivid and beautiful. :)

    I hope you are having a lovely week!

    Blessings to you~

  3. It's the little things that are the big things. Yes!

  4. It's when you learn to appreciate all the little things that you have found peace.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  5. Simple blessings mean so much more as we see the detail.

    GOD bless you in finding more blessing in the little things.

  6. Great post, Patty. The simple things are always the best, aren't they?

    Barb ♥

  7. You are quite right! It's the small details that bring so much happiness. Great post!

  8. I so agree. My daughter has that book, I must ask her if she has finished it yet, I'm keen to have a look at it.

  9. seeing beauty in everyday things....just reading that one passage makes me content.

  10. I havent read Ann's book yet however I have been doing the one thousand gifts, this has changed the way I look at thimgs and to be thankful for more

  11. I used to keep a gratitude book and every night I would writ 5 things that I was grateful for that day. I must start writing in it again. Thanks for the reminder.


  12. I have got to see if I can find that book. It's so easy to be grateful for a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, coffee in the morning ... but really delving deeper and being grateful for the minute makes this life experience even more pleasurable! Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

  13. Lovely thoughts. Truly, there is great joy in life's little things. Susan from

  14. Very good! I always say, "the little things are really the big things". I'll have to get that book. Blessings!

  15. This book is on my Christmas list.

    Little things can bring us so much joy and thankfulness.



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