These are 10 of my favorite things that I love to do...
1. Playing with Zoey
Somehow, interacting with a three year old everyday keeps me feeling young (except for when I can feel that I'm getting older by how tired I can be at the end of the day.) Okay, so I feel young at heart. I love molding playdough, reading simple stories together, coloring and drawing, running outside playing kitchen and pretend. My little girl has an incredible imagination. One of our favorite games together is to play "The Princess and thwe e Dinosaur" a game she made up where one of us is the princess and the other is the dinosaur chasing her while she tries to run away. It always ends in giggles and a slow afternoon come to life.
2. Spending time with Stephen
I feel blessed that my husband is also my best friend. I love when we go out and do thing together, but I also love when we just sit together and talk about anything and everything. We also play video games, read, and watch TV together. Even if we are doing two different things, just spending time in the same room, talking idly feels like quality time. I love my husband and spending time with him is definitely at the top of my list.
Scrapbooking has been a consistent hobby of mine since college. It is the one thing that I manage to keep up with (for the most part at least) and find complete joy in doing. It combines my favorite two things, page design and memories. I have come to terms as I have gotten older that I don't have the best memory. I often forget details and even entire events over the course of time. With scrapbooking, not only do I enjoy putting the pages together, but I love looking back and remembering all of the little moments together. This has been especially wonderful since Zoey was born. It's such a blessing to look back and watch her grow up through the pages of my scrapbooks over the last couple years.
I have a natural eye for photography. I am not the best and I don't have all the awesome computer programs and cameras (though it is one of distant dreams to have such.) However, I have a small camera that takes really good photos and I not only get awesome photos of Zoey and my family, but I also get great shots of landscapes, architecture and the world in motion. I just a lot of my photography on this blog as well because photographs are how I translate my visual creativity. I cannot draw well at all, but I can take a good picture. It also goes hand in hand with scrapbooking to recollect my memories and to capture beauty.
7. Baking and Cooking
This is a fairly new one for me. I have always loved being in the kitchen because it is the social place in my house and it was when I was growing up too. We stand or sit in the kitchen and talk about everything. It is a comforting place for me and I love teaching Zoey all about cooking. Recently, however, I really started delving into recipes and cooking (and baking) from scratch instead of from boxes. This is one way to save money, but more importantly I enjoy seeing raw ingredients come together to make something wonderful and delicious. Now baking and cooking are definitely on my favorite things to do list.
I don't do this one often enough lately. I played in the band in high school (since middle school to high school). I played the trumpet and then the french horn (mellophone for marching). This began my love for creating music. I also taught myself how to play the piano. I love music and it has always had a special meaning to me. I listen to all kinds of music all the time, often when I write, for example, or do anything really. Stephen is a wonderful musician. He plays guitar, bass and drums mostly. I am barely an amateur musician, but I still find joy in it.
9. Calling a friend
This seems silly to put on this list, but as I've gotten older and more busy since Zoey was born, it really is a special treat to sit and talk to a friend. I have kept relatively well in touch with several friends from high school and college and I am thankful that I still have people who have known me over the years. We are always making new friends that are local and we spend time with them often. However, there is something special about keeping a friendship over the distance of space and time. Those are the people I go to when I just need moral support, someone to laugh with or just a familiar voice to make me smile.
My final favorite thing that I love to do is nothing. There is something so peaceful about just letting your mind go and resting your body. That feeling is increased if I am outside or if it is raining. Being outside and in nature makes me feel connected and even closer to God. Taking a deep breath and letting that true joy settle into my spirit is an irresistible feeling. It is a moment to be at one with the universe and no matter what is happening a calm rests over me and I know beyond doubt that God is in control watching over all of us and everything is going to be alright.
That is just what I needed, to relax and remember how my favorite things make me smile. It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday and the deep, soul-searching thoughts. However, I enjoy taking a deep breath, relaxing my body and my mind and remembering how much God loves me. In just a moment I can feel that complete joy overtake my body and mind again to reline myself and allow all of my study and prayers bring me closer and closer to God.