Small Blessings – Things That Make Me Smile

One of the first thing I do every morning, is check the weather forecast. Specially lately. It’s November but feels more like September at times. It’s hard to know what to wear first thing in the morning because later in the day, the temperatures go up, and quite high for this time of year. At least here, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Okay, let me define high… Yesterday, we reached 12 degrees Celcius (53 Farenheit). For November 15, that’s high! Considering that many of the Western provinces have had a good dumping of snow, as did Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, and Newfoundland. Our first snow–if you want to call a few flurries that melt before or as they hit the ground and turn to rain within 5 minutes snow–was November 10. That was about all we had. Two days later, the same thing happened, a lot of snow mixed with rain, came down in the space of 3-4 minutes, and then the sun came out.

I love winter and could say I’m jealous of those who have a lot of snow on the ground. I love its beauty, as it blankets the trees. But what I love more than snow, is that this 12 degrees is good ‘Clothesline’ weather. 

Before heading to work yesterday, I put two loads of laundry on the line. Later, when I folded the towels, the fresh outdoor scent hit my nostrils, causing me to smile. That’s one of the simple pleasures that has this effect on me. My husband thinks it’s funny because I can’t fold laundry without first burying my face into the towel and breathing in its fresh outdoor scent.


Another things that makes me smile is my grandson’s laughter. Is there anything more contagious than a child’s laughter? I downloaded a ringtone app for my cell phone: a baby laughing. It gets me every time my phone rings.


Something else that makes me smile is seeing my son with his son. Now that’s a sight to behold. I don’t know if there’s anything that tugs at my heart more than watching Terrence reading to Aidan John. Oh how he loves that little boy. And that child absolutely adores his father. Just like Aidan John loves me to bits, oh my, does he ever love his Papa (that’s what he called my husband, his grandpa).


Speaking of Papa (Aidan John calls his grandfather Papa), I still smile when I look at the pictures of Aidan John, feeding Papa some Cheesies (I’m smiling now!). “Just one,” my husband, had said. “I’ll only give him one.” I watched as hubby pulled the bag of Cheesies out of the cupboards, sat on the floor with Aidan John and let him dig into the bag. He pulled one out of the bag, fed it to Papa, then pulled another and ate it. But then 1 turned into 2…3..and 4… I looked at my husband inquisitively. He said “Yes dear, 1 bag!!!” I’m still smiling.  


Now, who can resist a sunrise or sunset. Has God created anything more beautiful than that? I love to sit in my recliner in the morning to do my devotions. My time with God is precious to me, and part of that time is looking out the window at the beauty of his creation. It always amazes me to see an array of red, oranges yellow, pink, and purple in the sky.  I find it absolutely magnificent. I must apologize, this picture doesn’t do it justice. But don’t take my word for it, get up early in the morning, and take a look at the sun rising over the horizon. Then drop me a line and tell me:

What are some of the simple pleasures of life that make you smile?

I look forward to hearing from you. Until then, blessings to all of you. Smile! Renee-Ann <><


10 thoughts on “Small Blessings – Things That Make Me Smile

    • Thanks Jeanette, grandchildren are a true blessing. He’s the first and only one so far, and gets a little spoiled specially by Papa. I did a scrapbook page that says My fingers may be small but I can still wrap grandpa around them. Nothing could be truer than that. And that’s not always a good thing. 😀

      Blessings to you on this beautiful day. Renee-Ann <

  1. Seeing the laughter of a child, sunrises and sunsets, the beautiful colors of autumn… I sure miss having a clothesline. The fresh smell of sun kissed laundry is a blessings.

    I enjoyed this post, Renee-Ann!

    • Thanks Joan.
      Sun-kissed laundry! Love the way you said that… And yes, the colours of autumn, I knew I’d forgotten something. But you know, if I were to mention all the blessings and things that make me smile, this blog would never end.

      Blessings, Renee-Ann <

    • Personally, I don’t understand people who don’t want to use a clothesline. I know not everyone “CAN” have one, and also due to allergies, other’s just can’t use them. I so recall how as I teenager helping Mother with laundry, I hated to hang clothes out with a passion. She gone now, and hanging clothes out reminds me of her.

      Thanks for your comment Maxine.

      Blessings, Renee-Ann <

  2. What makes me smile? So many blessings, but yes, those grandchildren steal the show. Thursday, my two-year-old granddaughter put her hand on my face and said, “My love you.” I’m still smiling!

  3. Thanks for your comment Rebecca. We only have the one but he certainly steals the show in this household too. Can’t wait for Christmas, It’s his 3rd but he was so small the first two, it will be something to watch! Pictures! Pictures!!!! 😀

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