It must be interesting to view the world on your hands and knees. Tatum could probably tell you every speck and stain on our floor if she could talk, but probably takes no notice to the new pictures that we recently hung on our walls. Even after I vacuum the floor, I can undoubtedly count on Tatum to find where I missed a spot. She has no qualms about putting stale Cheerios or smashed raisins right in her mouth. When she started pulling herself up on furniture a couple months ago, Brian and I felt like she just gained a new perspective on life. I’ve been realizing lately that little people notice little things. Tatum doesn’t use her words yet, but I am amazed at the little things she enjoys. When I am feeding her she loves to try and grab my necklace. And when I am holding her, she takes her tiny finger and her tiny thumb and will pull on my arm hairs. This drives me crazy, but it gives her comfort, so I try and ignore the pain of arm hairs that are constantly on the verge of being pulled out of my skin. Piper is a bit older and has a big vocabulary, but she too notices little things, like the earrings the little girl is wearing on the box of LIFE cereal. She noticed. Or the woman at the store who had an “up toe”. Maybe the lady was arthritic, I don’t know, because I didn’t notice! While they are very observant of the little things, it seems they have no understanding of the big picture, which is why a child might throw a tantrum over not being able to have ice cream for dinner. Somewhere in the process of growing up, we forget to pay attention to the small things, but see the big picture only. How important the big picture is! But, I want to take cues from the little people in my life and notice the little things. The big picture is goal-oriented and daunting, while the small things are pleasure-seeking and gratifying. Often I find myself popping the kids in the double stroller because even though Piper is 4, I know that I will get to the market much quicker this way. However, I noticed that we have fun together when I let her walk. We skip and gallop and take in the different flowers we see and look at the different cars we pass. Today we saw a limousine and Piper asked me what kind of car that was. She told me, “I knew you would know because you know so much about cars.” (Just one of my many impressive skills). There is so much to be grateful for if we realize the little things. I am reminded of the cute video that some of you might have seen already of Piper praying. She is grateful for the tortilla, juice, water and fork! I am not usually giving thanks for my fork, but maybe I should, because there have been times where I have eaten with my fingers because I didn’t have a fork. And so, today I will share a few of the little things that make me happy. I was happy to find that Grape Nuts cereal was on sale because I love them, but never will pay full price. I find joy in watching my little seedlings pop up as I am attempting my first garden. And lastly, I love my Mrs. Meyers basil scented hand soap. It makes me happy! And what about you? Really, I want to know! Leave a comment and let me know about the little things in your life that make you happy.