Nothing Better Than...

  • Blogging
  • Scrapbooking
  • Internet shopping
  • My husband (just can't get enough! Guess that's why I married him!)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Pretty patterned paper
  • Taffy Apple Dip
  • Making music (Even without a piano and only limited skill on my guitar, can't keep it from growing in my head--I may not be writing as prolifically these days as I used to, but it still keeps spilling out of me!)
  • Scrapbooking--Oh, did I mention that already?
  • Reading (although I do not get as much time for it these days as I would like.)
  • Listening to music
  • "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe. (Also "Word of God Speak.")
  • Steven Curtis Chapman. He's my songwriting hero.
  • A cup of nice, steamy tea, either boiled or steeped with cream/milk and sugar, and a sprinkle of cardamom on top. (Just reminds me so much of Ruth's chai.)
  • Chicken Curry with Apricot Chutney.
  • A freshly bathed and diapered baby on my chest.
  • Hugs and kisses from my kids before bed.
  • The peace of the Spirit that descends on me as He speaks to me through His word.
  • Helping someone live healthier and feel better.
  • A package in the mail. (See Internet Shopping, above.)
  • A SURPRISE package in the mail!
  • A scrapbook layout that I am completely satisfied with.
  • Writing a new song.
  • A phone call from a friend. (Closely followed by an e-mail from a friend.)
  • Jason's kisses. (Sorry, I'm not sharing!)
  • Bubble baths! and hot showers.
  • Goose-down mattress after a long day.
  • White lights on a tree with a tropical breeze and the smell of the ocean wafting by as you sip virgin pina coladas on a terrace. (Okay, I haven't experienced that one for a while. Goa, Christmas 1997. SO want to go back there. This time, the hot guy I'm with will be my hubby, so it will be WAY better, too! --same hot guy as last time, btw. Different circumstances.)
  • That last one is hard to top!
  • Sleeping in.
  • Breakfast out.
  • The kids running to greet me after being gone for a whole HOUR getting groceries like I'd been gone all day.
  • Clean sheets.
  • Playing a well-tuned, nicely-toned piano.
  • Playing a well-tuned, nicely-toned piano without an audience, for at least an hour at a time, so I can Practice and still have time to Play!
  • Playing a well-tuned, nicely-toned piano WITH an audience, so I can have a chance to give glory to my Father by sharing the music He's given me, and minister to said audience.
  • Praying with a stranger who needs it.
  • Getting over myself to see other people.
  • Spring sunshine.
  • Green grass.
  • The smell of the earth after the rain.
  • Spending time with Jay just hanging out, with and/or without the kids.
  • Coffee at Starbucks with Jason.
  • Coffee at Starbucks with friends.
  • A newborn baby.
  • Hugs.
  • Getting a chance to share the love of Christ with someone.
  • Getting a grumpy cashier/waitress to smile.
  • Blessing a complete stranger.
  • Being blessed by a complete stranger.
  • Starbucks' Frappuccino, Tall Chocolate Mocha Chip.
  • Getting a compliment about my well-behaved children.
  • Children actually BEING well-behaved!
  • Making a new friend.
  • Visiting with an old friend.
  • A compliment from someone who knows what they're talking about.
  • Giving a compliment and making someone's day.
  • Getting new scrapbooking toys!
  • The smell of fresh-baked bread.
  • "I Will Not Go Quietly," "Moment Made For Worshipping", "Magnificent Obsession" by Steven Curtis Chapman.
  • Nichole Nordeman. (Pretty much anything by her, too. She's my other songwriting hero.)
  • The smell of coffee. (Sometimes I think I should make coffee, not because I want some, but because it smells so good! It reminds me of my house growing up, and of my dad.)
  • Painting.
  • New clothes that make you feel pretty/romantic/sexy.
  • When you're husband tells you that you look pretty/HOT/sexy!
  • Lazy summer days.
  • Knitting.
  • Family get-togethers.
  • Chocolate chip cookies. (Yes, I know I'm not supposed to eat them. But they still taste good, even if I can't have them very often!)