1. the reflection of a campfire on the rippling waves

2. the “almost too hot” feeling when I climb into a bath

3. when 2 year old Maddie says “you remember?”

4. the feeling I get when something I wrote appears in a publication

5. the taste of a wild blueberry plucked from a bush

6. a cold glass of water on a hot day

7. the sound of the water flowing over Rainbow Falls

8. the first cry of a baby

9. tulips

10. the taste of my mother’s compst borsht

11. the sound of my dad’s voice when he sings at the top of his lungs in the field

12. the cozy feeling of flannel pyjamas

13. the first time I heard each of my children read a book

14. the muscular flex of Marcel’s legs

15. rosy cheeks after playing in the snow

16. the crisp pages of a new book

17. the sound of Nikki, singing her favourite Hillary Duff song

18. stepping on an airplane on the way to a new place

19. the sweet-sour-spicy-coconutty-peanutty taste of Thai food

20. the synergy of a conversation that opens up hidden pieces of me

21. the first sight of Central Park

22. sitting at an outdoor café on Corydon sipping a glass of wine

23. words of appreciation from a truthful person

24. a fridge that’s just been cleaned out

25. the feeling of a cozy blanket wrapped around me

26. walking

27. the scent of green grass after the rain

28. the sound of “I love you Mommy.”

29. floating on my back in the water, hearing the muffled voices on the shore

30. the look of pride on Julie’s face when she conquers the waterslide alone

31. a guilt-free hour in McNally Robinson

32. answered prayer

33. snow crunching under my feet

34. the smell of Old Spice

35. laughter

36. wandering around Paris with my sister

37. an e-mail from a friend

38. clean laundry

39. Sarah McLachlan’s voice

40. a compliment

41. fresh paint

42. Marcel’s arms around me

43. a project well done

44. my family gathered around the table

45. a friend welcoming me

46. the soft skin of a baby

47. s’mores

48. sitting on a boat

49. a moment when I know God is in the room with me

50. home

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