The Simple Things

A sweet friend paid me a very nice compliment this week.

She said “You do a great job capturing the simple, but wonderful, things in life.”

How kind is that? I wanted to earn that compliment, so my eyes were open all week for the simple and wonderful things.

Like the darling kitty who found his way into our house and heart after he was abandoned in the middle of winter on the side of the road.

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

-Psalm 94:19

And how he turned Mr. Marvelous into a cat lover.

A simple quilt I made after collecting Rachel Ashwell fabrics off ebay for years. . .
and new fabrics for a new quilt; and the fact that Mr. Marvelous stood in line at the fabric store, balancing exactly 16 bolts of fabric in one of those tiny JoAnn shopping carts, just for me.

Oh Mr. Marvelous . . .
and fresh basil from the farmers’ market . . .

and lovey, lovely dianthus . . .

and new shelves going up in the kitchen . . .

and the starfish candle I bought on my lunch break, cheering up an otherwise dull Thursday afternoon, for exactly $2.

My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.
Psalm 28:7

And oh the first watermelon of the summer!

There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.

Deuteronomy 12:7

May your eyes be open . . . always. . . to the simple things . . .


  1. From what I’ve seen on your blog, I’d have to agree with your friend! I love the simple things, too! πŸ™‚ I like your quilt with Rachel Ashwell fabrics. I used to be really into Shabby Chic. I’m going more western/eclectic these days, but still dream of having a guest room someday done up in Shabby Chic!

  2. Just beautiful. I am working on making my home have the beauty and simplicity that yours has. I’m a bit of a hoarder, with nowhere to put it!

  3. Sawyer Family- good news and bad news on the shelves πŸ™‚ We built them with lumber from Home Depot so you can’t buy them pre-made, but the good news is that it was easy and very affordable! Pre-finished shelving is expensive and it is hard to find anything LONG-ours are 6″ by 8 feet. If you go to Home Depot, or Lowes, or wherever, there is a section with just the shelf brackets-I bought the biggest ones they sold-they are in with the lumber. The actual shelves were only $5 a piece. We painted them white in our garage and then moved them indoors. I’ll do a full post on the shelves once they are up and finished.

  4. Your post made me smile. If we lived in the same city, we would surely be buds! Seems that we cherish the same things in life. I’m grateful for your sweet spirit which exudes from your blog.

  5. just found your blog through inspired room- I love all your decorating pics on the side! I’ll be back!

  6. I too, just found your blog and love it, I will be checking in often.

    Where on the NC coast is your hubby from? We are near Wilmington and we LOVE it here. Want me to send you some Topsail sand? πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely post… are a reflection of His beauty! Thanks for sharing His love and His truth, in your own special way.

  8. That is a lovely post, how true it is the simple things in life that are often the best.

    Your kitty looks like a little charmer.

  9. Love, love the new shelves! You have inspired me to do something similar in my kitchen. It’s very tiny and I don’t have much cupboard space, so shelves would be great! I’ve really been enjoying your blog.

  10. This whole post made me smile from start to finish. I just love that Mr. Marvelous is a kitty lover, now…he is in good company throughout blogland! πŸ™‚ Great pics…love the last one showing your glass cabinets and you with the watermelon…too cute! Susan

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