“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Little drops of water
Little grains of sand
Make the mighty ocean
And the beauteous land
I have found such joy in simple things;
A plain, clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread,
A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings,
The shelter of a roof above my head,
And in a leaf-laced square along the floor,
Where yellow sunlight glimmers through the door.
I have found such joy in things that fill
My quiet days: a curtain’s blowing grace,
A potted plant upon my window sill,
A rose, fresh-cut and placed within a vase;
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair,
And books I long have loved beside me there.
Oh, I have found such joys I wish I might
Tell every woman who goes seeking far
For some elusive, feverish delight,
That very close to home the great joys are:
The elemental things- old as the race,
Yet never, through the ages, commonplace.
~ Grace Noll Crowell
Yesterday, we all got a sick. Scratchy throats and stuffy heads. Caci had a fever. I baked cinnamon rolls with an orange glaze, went for a walk and cleaned. The girls played in giant mud puddles and watched movies. We are missing homeschool co-op today because I want us to get better. I was supposed to teach preschool, oh well, I feel bad about that. It snowed this morning, crazy weather. I read “Bittersweet” by Shauna Niequist, I liked her food metaphors mixed in with her writing. “…and the morning light from the east on the three seasons porch is just the softest, most perfect light, like angel food cake….” I’m getting excited for Easter, I have the candy bought but I still need a gift for the girls. Maybe I’ll go out tonight after Luke gets home? I like the idea of new Easter dresses representing us being clothed in the robes of Christ to cover our sins. I had never put that together with the reason for new Easter clothes.