About every three months, I put together a list of the things in life I'm loving at the moment (or in some cases just liking a whole lot). It's about practicing thanksgiving, celebrating the big and small and enjoying the incredible everyday.
My dossier in review at the South African Central Authority - hopefully only a few short weeks until we can tell Hannah* about the adoption and a few short months until I will travel to fetch her.
Khaled Hosseini's new book And the Mountains Echoed for his amazing writing and his ability to draw you into the lives of his characters.
Watching Breaking Bad on Netflix - actually I'm on a hiatus until season five arrives for streaming. The show won't make it on any of my top ten lists, but I love the psychology of the show.
Running the morning after a thunderstorm - usually a rare opportunity when you live in West Texas, but we've oddly been having lots of storms lately.
Coffee - particularly now that I've dumped my old drip coffee maker for freshly ground, French pressed coffee. Mornings are that much more wonderful now.
Trailing through farmer's markets and picking up some of the hottest jalapeños I have ever put in my mouth.
Talking with my friend Bev about how we're going to tell Hannah she is getting a "new family".
Breakfast for lunch at our staff meeting this week because breakfast is best when it's not breakfast and even better when it's all homemade.
Helping my nephew learn the backstroke so he could pass his swimming test and graduate to the next class.
How wonderfully green Lubbock is looking after all the rain.
The Connected Child by Karin Purvis, David Cross and Wendy Lyons for hands down being the best book I've read on attachment and bonding in adoption.
Being able to open up my home to my church home group on a regular basis and having it start to be the place of hospitality I've prayed for.
Home and garden projects with my wonderful other because having someone to share in the work always makes it more enjoyable.
What about you, what are some of the things making your everyday incredible right now?
*Hannah is a pseudonym. In order to protect her identity until she is fully and legally mine, I use "Hannah" in all online activity regarding my someday daughter and her adoption.