Simple Things: Peaceful Sunday

Gorgeous photos from #SimpleThingsSunday - a photo community devoted to capturing life's beautiful  moments

If we are peaceful, if we are happy,
we can smile and blossom like a flower,
and everyone in our family, our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.
” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I’m so lucky to be a part of a community that sees life as such a beautiful thing. These inspiring photographs filled me with such peace and happiness this morning, I couldn’t help but share them.

Meet the fabulous photographers who captured them on Instagram:
Top Left – Dot_to_Dots
Top Right – Project Alicia
Bottom Left – Beth_SnailMailDesigns
Bottom Right – Aimeec27

Have a beautiful moment of your own you’d like to share with us? We would LOVE to see it!

JOIN THE #SIMPLETHINGSSUNDAY COMMUNITY

- Share your photos with us in the link up below, or on Instagram by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday.
- Follow hosts Stacy and Rebecca on Instagram
- Take a peek what other members are sharing (search #SimpleThingsSunday)
- Like, comment, follow, get to know the lovely participants and make new friends along the way

WHAT IS SIMPLE THINGS SUNDAY?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are.

Here’s what members are up to on Instagram


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Preview to a Simple Summer

water-boy water-play

Just 5 more trips to school before all of our days look a bit like this. We’re planning for a very simple, laid back summer full of all the things childhood memories are made of. I can hardly wait.

We’re got lots of fun ideas and activities to share with you throughout the season and honestly, we’re just excited to have more time together as a family.

Are you looking forward to a simple summer at home? Or do you have lots of exciting travel planned this year?

SHARE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS HERE

- Share your photos with us in the link up below, or on Instagram by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday.
– Follow Stacy and Rebecca on Instagram and take a peek what other members are sharing.

WHAT IS SIMPLE THINGS SUNDAY?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are.


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These are the Simple Things

Simple Things Sunday -- These are the moments worth celebrating

I like to take a little time on Sunday to reflect on the week that has passed and prepare for the week ahead. Going through the photographs shared by the #SimpleThingsSunday community has become such a special part of my ritual. These photographs weave together a story of life and love as could only be told through the eyes of a parent.

The more time I spend collecting and observing these moments, the easier it becomes to find them entwined in the ordinary and mundane.

The quiet moments, the shared giggles, sweet gestures, connecting through play, and spending time with nature — these are the simple things that make an ordinary life feel extraordinary.

The simple things that make life grand

Photos from our community:
Stacy of KSW / Rebecca / DinaLettre / Emils24 / Kelly Colson / My Chaos & Coffee / Maker Mama / Kitchen Simplicity

Thank you for sharing these special moments with us each week.

DO YOU HAVE A SIMPLE MOMENT TO SHARE?

- Share your photos with us in the link up below, or on Instagram by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday
- Follow Stacy and Rebecca on Instagram and take a peek what other members are sharing.

WHAT IS SIMPLE THINGS SUNDAY?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are.


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Simple Things: Puppy Breath

Adorable Maltipoo puppy - I want one!

We welcomed a new member to our family and it is safe to say in just a short amount of time he has stolen all of our hearts. He’s teeny, he’s tiny and 100% fluff ball … and spoiled rotten to the core, but it’s alright because he gives great cuddles and kisses and has made our family, finally complete.

Look for many more photos and stories about Lego, our maltipoo mix, and his adventures in the burbs.

What simple things did you celebrate this week?

-Share your photos with us here, on Instagram, Twitter, G+, even Pinterest by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday. Stacy on Instagram // Rebecca on Instagram

What is Simple things Sunday?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are.


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Things your mother wants to hear

happy-mothers-day

Here’s to the simple things that mean the most to our kids – spending time together, walking hand in hand, quiet moments at bedtime, staying up to see the sun set and the stars come out. Sharing your secret recipes and stories from when you were young.

To the reader who found me looking for things you mother wants to hear, that’s a simple one:

Tell her you love with all your heart.

Let her know you appreciate all the time she spent with you and values she instilled in you. It is because of her you are who you are today.

And above all else tell her you always felt LOVED.

End with a big hug, or phone call if you can’t be near, and wish her a very special Mother’s Day.

Here’s to mother’s everywhere!
and the kind souls we are raising to send out into the world.

What is Simple things Sunday?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are. Read all about STS here.

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Simple Things: Clear View, Painted Sky

Painted Sky: It's hard to feel alone when there is so much beauty all around you How many times have I walked past this very tree, hand in hand with my little people, yet never experiencing it quite like this.

Instantaneously, the feelings of isolation and inadequacy I’d been having were whisked away … watered down into the vastness, like brushstrokes painted across the evening sky. A gift, if I chose to acknowledge it.

There are gifts like these all around us, not always as brilliantly displayed as this one, but as consuming nonetheless. I’m learning the less I concentrate on the details, the more faith I have things are happening exactly as they should be and the less I worry about things that are out of my control — the easier they are to see.

I’ve been thinking panoramic thoughts ever since.

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND THIS SIMPLE SUNDAY?
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Simple Things: Holding Tight

back-in-their-arms-again

After a week away from these three, I didn’t need much coaxing to want to hold them close to me.

It seemed to be the only thing I could think about on our long plane ride home. Combine that with my baby’s birthday today making him not much of “baby” anymore, and then a threat letter send to our city’s elementary schools and suddenly I had a huge dose of fresh perspective on my hands.

These three tiny beings are my whole universe and suddenly I wanted nothing more than for us to be the only things in our happy little world. We kept the mood light and focused more on family than anything else. We did things we’ve been wanting to do together for ages – trips to the zoo, a pancake breakfast at their favorite spot. We did things we don’t do nearly enough …. holding hands and running races in the park, swinging so high we could almost touch the sky and carrying them on my shoulders as we talked about super serious stuff like what we wanted for dinner and who could make up the craziest imaginary story. We made homemade sherbet … that we promptly gobbled up, and even fell asleep after stories ones night all together on the bed; I think it was the highlight of my week having my babies all curled up and cosy around me.

We celebrated with family and realized we have some work to do in the whole respect department. When we said our prayers last night, my daughter asked Jesus to help  her  with “tunes”, which made us all smile.

We have been trying to work with her on her tone.

In the end, it was the SIMPLE THINGS that got us through and those same simple things that gather together like marbles in a jar making this week a heavy one that will be imprinted on me for weeks to come.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share with you this week, now it’s your turn:

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND THIS SIMPLE SUNDAY?

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Simple Things: Surprises

there's nothing better than a surprise package from a friend

Nothing makes you feel more loved than a package full of surprises from a sweet friend. This box of goodies I received from my dear friend Maggie was a box full of happiness.

Every time I walk pass that mug now I smile.

Do you have a favorite mug that makes you smile? I think we should grab our mugs and meetup for an online coffee chat sometime very soon. Our a cup of tea, if you’re more into tea time with friends.

Now tell me,

What simple things made you smile this week?

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Simple Things: Need To Breathe

“Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.” ~ Unknown

every now and then, you've just got to let go and remember what it's like to just breathe.

That’s what I’ll be doing this week.

Two years ago, I was given the ultimate gift. The health of my husband, a second chance at a life together worth living … and we aren’t missing a moment of it. We’ll be celebrating our 10 year anniversary underneath the stars and I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to do it or more amazing man to spend my life with.

Grateful for a husband who loves and respects me, a father who imprints wisdom and integrity and compassion in our children, and the best friend I have ever had.

What’s on your mind this simple Sunday?

We’d LOVE for you to share your photos with us! You can:

- Share your photos as they happen on Instagram, Twitter, G+, even Pinterest by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday. Stacy on Instagram // Rebecca on Instagram

- Post your photos on our Facebook walls anytime, we’d love to see what’s going on in your world!
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- You can also link up here on the blog each weekend starting Saturday nights at 10pm CST!

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Simple Things: The Moments We Cherish

Sweet photos from #simplethingssunday. These serve as great reminders to "stop and smell the roses" and enjoy life as it is happening all around you

I knew going in I had a hard week ahead of me.

Instead of my typical stress response of feeling in way over my head, I made a point to concentrate on my breathing, focus on the moments, pick out the things that truly mattered and push the constant barrage of thoughts out of my head.

I made it through the week and these photos show only a glimpse of all the beauty there was to be had when I just took the time to slow down and open my eyes.

There is beauty all around us and if we think too much or move too fast, we’ll miss out on all the good stuff.

I don’t want to miss a thing, not one simple thing.

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