Sunday, June 24, 2012

Living Little


I took a solo trip last
week to visit my brother
and his family.

And like most trips, be
they short or long, I
carried home memories
and a fresh perspective
on life.....

While leaving 
a little piece
of my heart 
behind.


For five days I resided 
in a land where topics of
discussion included the
legend of unicorns, the
love of tractors and trains
and why dragonflies
choose to alight 
where they do.


A place where riding the
Metro or going to The
Red Door {Target} is
not a mundane chore, 
but an event!

Where an ice cream cone
after dinner is worth 
jumping up and down, 
or the promise of a book
before bed puts an extra
spring in your step.


Yes, sweet friends, within
a few, short hours I recalled
how it used to be to live life
in a whole different way.

Living little.

Living little has big 
rewards....


You exist in the moment.

You don't watch the clock,
but the birds or the clouds,
fireflies or stars.


You bust out in belly laughs.

You give and receive a lot
of impromptu hugs.


You are little and you are
happy with little and that 
is where it begins and ends.

But, with teens in my own
house now, it has been a
while since I lived little.


Like the foliage in our yard
that started out small, they
seemed to have sprouted up 
overnight, even though I realize
that it has been happening 
each day, before my eyes.


So I return home with a 
renewed resolve to view
my life and this world
through the lenses of my
dear nieces and nephew....
and live little, no matter
my age.

Think I'll start with 
an ice cream cone 
after dinner.

Care to join me?

Jumping 
up and down,
of course : )


xo
Suzanne


{All images, P&H, except
for the ones taken of 
me and the littles by my
sister-in-law.}

49 comments:

michele said...

i am joining you. i am eating my haagen daazs vanilla from the cup. that is how much i am on board. (no lie). i love your post and the pamper and the EYES of these little ones. so engaged, yes? such positive emotion too. i get it. i wanna live little too.

love to you.

michele

Jemsmom said...

I am so in!!!!!!! I tried to get Jemma to play in the sprinkler today and she looked at me like I was crazy! I have to help my Miss Priss get a little dirty!! So glad you had a great time. Your photos are fabulous!

Joanna said...

Beautiful post, Suzanne, and such beautiful children!

x

Marie said...

Beautiful Post Suzanne. I try to live little each and every day of my life. It's much sweeter that way. xxoo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Yep! I had ice cream last nite. Hubby brought home two scoops from Baskin Robbins. I was only going to eat one, but then went back an hour later and finished the other one off, too. I figure what's the difference between a scoop today and a scoop tomorrow. Or all at the same time. :) Children that age certainly do view the world with wonder and amazement. Blogging has allowed me to do a bit of that each and every day, too. Now if only housework wouldn't get in the way. Ha! Have a great week. Tammy

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

I am in!!! Such a beautiful, moving post. Yes, we have so much to learn from those little, wonderful creatures!

Fra

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Oh to live little more often...living big does carry certain responsibilities and realities that sometimes I wish I could wish away.

I think that is why I savor the little moments each day, a up of cocoa, laughing with my husband while making dinner, looking out the window at my squirrel, and birds...

Have a wonderful week and thanks for the reminder...it is the little things in life that make it special.

Elizabeth

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This was and always WILL BE one of the reasons why TEACHING was a dream job. But the BIG life got too big and crowded out the wonder. But you are so right....smaller is GREATER. LOVE!! Anita

Jane said...

Oh Suzanne, you darling girl. I adored this. Feel free to pop over to Planet Baby anytime to 'live little' with us! J x

Stuff and Nonsense said...

well frankly
if we're going to do this right
it ought to be
an ice cream cone
before dinner!

yes
it goes so fast
that window of little time

we're on the tail end now
and it's closing quicker than i like

thanks for the reminder
and for your sweet words
on my post yesterday.

alison

SHERRY HART said...

The wonder of children and how pure they are. These munchkins look very loved and cherished. Your images are gorgeous....you sure are getting the hang of this picture thing :)

Julie said...

sigh... :-) I'm feeling the pleasure of it... just by looking at your smile in those pictures. It's a different landscape isn't it? We travelled through it and now...we look back and feel that stretch of the journey ended WAY too fast. It's why we tell mamas today...Enjoy it...Make the Moments, and Record the Memories...
I believe that's why I miss my work with the 3 year olds back in Charlotte... Loved your post Suzanne and glad to see it here today. So glad you had a wonderful time at your brother's home. **(looking forward to Grandmama status one day!!!! Hoping for Wynken Blynken and Nod Days once again!!) (((hugs))) xoxoxo

Mary Timmers said...

Suzanne, You are so right. Those little ones-- nieces and nephew or grandbabies, have a world that's small to us but everything to them..And how much a lttle occurance like Target or ice cream is SO special! Someday you'll have those grandbabies, and you won't believe how INSTANTLY you are loved just because you are their Nana! I still can't believe it. Thanks for the sweet reminder of the size of everyone's world at some time!

Low Tide High Style said...

How fun! My youngest nephew will be a sophomore in high school, so no living little for me right now. :( Thanks for letting me live little vicariously though!

xo Kat

Mona said...

Suzanne,

The Sunshine Award is all yours this lovely summer morning.....

Mona

http://hiddenartofhomemaking.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunshine-award.html

A Vintage Chic said...

Beautiful, Suzanne....a thousand times beautiful! I have to admit I "live little" everyday...not in every way, but in lots of ways. I got it from my mother, who's never actually stopped being a little girl at heart. I hope I never do, either.

Off to jump up & down (with you!) and go find some ladybugs in the garden...

Julie

Cheryl said...

I SO love to read you...every post is eye-opening. Thank you and bless you.

Sylvia said...

...An ice cream cone after dinner - I am joining you immediately, Suzanne! I will have the Bubble Gum, please.
I love your insights and perspective on life! It has been a while since I lived little, but in less than two weeks my son and I will travel to Europe to see my one year old nephew ...I am excited I just can't contain myself ...
LOve, love, love your photos-I see Joy, Love, Amazement, Beauty, Gentleness, all the magic ingredients for a fulfilling life.
Stay happy and have a colorful week!

Biz said...

I am loving living little these days.
Albeit my little is still very little, but becoming mobile.
All that means that everything new, sound & sights are worth smiling or dancing for.
I smile more than I knew possible, just by watching the joy in her eyes.
The littles in your life are so fun and adorable what a wonderful chance to get to see them!

Biz

Farmgirl Paints said...

awww look at those sweet faces! i'm so glad you had fun and had the chance to reconnect and go revisit those simple pleasures again. life is good!

June said...

I am always amazed at how you can reach deep into my heart and let the feelings that are in there out. This was a BEAUTIFUL write my lovely friend. I think you just made my day.
hugs from here...

momto8blog said...

yes... kids stop and smell the roses, don't they?!!! I try and remember to be childlike.....a big difference between childish!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
what lovely pictures!

Leslie said...

YES! I will absolutely join in Suzanne! What a wonderful getaway you had. I had to chuckle when you mentioned the "red door/target" event. LIFE is so exciting to little ones.. you can have fun doing just about anything and they are so uninhibited and resilient. I wish as adults that we were better at keeping the child-within.

Enjoy your week!

lesie

Teacup Mosaics said...

Love the thought of Living Little.Great post!
Happy week!
Kelley

Stitchfork said...

I'm jumping up and down and saying come on, let's go get ice cream!
Love this post Suzanne.
xo Cathy

Olive Cooper said...

Suzanne, I have my MINI WEES for the next two weeks (grand kids) age 6 and 8. I have nearly forgotten this little stuff as you have so well said. I am GRANDMA MINI WEE. How about that? I know you so enjoyed your brothers kids. Having these two here is something of a miracle in itself and a long story and a prayer answered. God is in it all. hugs, Olive

p.s. they saw a family of deer in our yard today and the wonder of it in their eyes was something serious

Tiffini said...

oh I so enjoyed this
living little..I love how you put that
I have been living little the last couple of weeks with my own little ones.
what a change from the teens...you are right!
and I would love to join you for an ice cream cone except I have a colonoscopy scheduled in the morning and I can't eat...very sad face:)
maybe tomorrow night?
xo

Bonnie said...

I feel the wonder you experienced viewing your pictures. We see God through people and especially children. Their innocence and honesty are so refreshing. Their delight in the little things teach us to savior each moment and appreciate simple pleasures.

Shelly W. said...

Oh Suzanne, this is SO beautiful! You just put me in a place I need to be. Thank you!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Enno and I had a Magnum last night while watching the soccer games in Europe. That is sweet and so are you!
xo Jenny

Sheila said...

beautiful post, i'd love to stick to what you say, and every so often i do, but i sure do need to do it more.
I love the pictures, they are so beautiful and i imagine that being surrounded by littleones and seeing what they see you could write this post kind of easily (well, once they were out playing!)
Wonderful post, now to dance over ice lollies!
x

traci said...

nothing like small children to open our eyes. they are very sweet.

The enchanted home said...

OMG this is simply amazing! It brought tears to my eyes (and they are still there). This might be my favorite post of yours so far, but you are alwatys producing a home run! I want to share this with everyone I know....to stop and smell the roses aka the simple beautiful things that are right there for the taking. Hugs, fireflies, an outing after dinner to a local ice cream shop, watching the stars......this makes me nostalgic for a quiet, simple, SLOWER life.......you told a beautiful story Suzanne and I don;t even want it to end. THANK YOU! Bookmarking this to share.......

pretty pink tulips said...

Suzanne,
I love this. Living little is very different than living big. I was just reminding myself of this, as I wonder why my 7 year old does the things he does. And, then I realized....because he's only 7!!!! His lens is different than mine and that's ok. Sometimes I need to try and see things his way. :)

Your nieces and nephew are beyond adorable!!! I know you had the most special time!

xoxo Elizabeth

melody-mae said...

lovely my dear, just lovely. slowing down to smell the flowers and be still...yep, loved this post.

lisaroyhandbags said...

What adorable kids! I've only had moments of living little when we've visited our nieces and nephews years ago. They certainly do see the world in a very simple, ideal way. Off for some ice cream... xo

koralee said...

I am jumping up and down! What fun you had....such sweet children. Hugs. xoxo

Tricia said...

Oh yes, I want to join you too! In my house, living little would probably mean having ice cream for breakfast though...according to my daughter anyway! xo

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH your nieces and nephew are cutie patooties! You look so happy and relaxed in these photos...so glad you are having a wonderful summer! I am "living little" a lot this summer...I've danced with and sang to little ones more than I have in years! Such blessings...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning beautiful Suzanne!

Isn't our weather so gorgeous lately? Sure it was hot yesterday, but you can't beat this midwest skies on a perfect day!!!

Thank you for coming by to visit. I loved your comment about how our story needs to be "....written together." I do believe all of our stories are written IN THIS LIFE an will be read in eternity, but there are certain lives that perhaps could be literally written to share. Hmmmm.....we have been contemplating this for years and maybe it is time to start and start SMALL.....

THANK YOU ! Anita

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Why, of COURSE I'll join you!

Jamie Gregory said...

Wonderful post! This is something that I strive to do but the older I get the harder it gets to live little. As an adult its so easy to get wrapped up in all of our daily duties. Thanks for reminding me of this great perspective on life :)

http://subjectivelysimple.blogspot.com/

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

I think you have coined a new phrase here - a motto for the summer ahead - "Live Little". What a wonderful trip and time spent with your favorite little ones. I love how introspective you are about everything in your life….your perspective is so beautiful, my lovely friend!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

It's always so good to read your posts. I have been off the blogging path for a while. We are about to welcome a baby girl to our world. My daughter is due any day, so I don't know when I will be writing again. I do really love the encouragement you inspire with every post.Thanks!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love this post. What a treat to spend time with your wee nieces and nephews. Dave and I borrow our favorite littles once a month ... and it is one of our favorite days.

Welcome home.

Angela said...

I think that's why I love kids so much! They make me stop and think about all the glorious things happening around us that may have lost it's luster for us but is brand new to them! Looks like they just loved you up to pieces! Glad it was a nice trip for you. God bless

patty said...

love~

Lili said...

Awww...those pictures and your words describe such a sweet and most precious visit. Love it! xo ~Lili

Heather Davulcu said...

I'm having my ice cream cone BEFORE dinner!
beautifully written-thank you~