Nothing Better Than...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

  • Blogging
  • Scrapbooking
  • Internet shopping
  • My husband (just can't get enough! Guess that's why I married him!)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Pretty patterned paper
  • Taffy Apple Dip
  • Making music (Even without a piano and only limited skill on my guitar, can't keep it from growing in my head--I may not be writing as prolifically these days as I used to, but it still keeps spilling out of me!)
  • Scrapbooking--Oh, did I mention that already?
  • Reading (although I do not get as much time for it these days as I would like.)
  • Listening to music
  • "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe. (Also "Word of God Speak.")
  • Steven Curtis Chapman. He's my songwriting hero.
  • A cup of nice, steamy tea, either boiled or steeped with cream/milk and sugar, and a sprinkle of cardamom on top. (Just reminds me so much of Ruth's chai.)
  • Chicken Curry with Apricot Chutney.
  • A freshly bathed and diapered baby on my chest.
  • Hugs and kisses from my kids before bed.
  • The peace of the Spirit that descends on me as He speaks to me through His word.
  • Helping someone live healthier and feel better.
  • A package in the mail. (See Internet Shopping, above.)
  • A SURPRISE package in the mail!
  • A scrapbook layout that I am completely satisfied with.
  • Writing a new song.
  • A phone call from a friend. (Closely followed by an e-mail from a friend.)
  • Jason's kisses. (Sorry, I'm not sharing!)
  • Bubble baths! and hot showers.
  • Goose-down mattress after a long day.
  • White lights on a tree with a tropical breeze and the smell of the ocean wafting by as you sip virgin pina coladas on a terrace. (Okay, I haven't experienced that one for a while. Goa, Christmas 1997. SO want to go back there. This time, the hot guy I'm with will be my hubby, so it will be WAY better, too! --same hot guy as last time, btw. Different circumstances.)
  • That last one is hard to top!
  • Sleeping in.
  • Breakfast out.
  • The kids running to greet me after being gone for a whole HOUR getting groceries like I'd been gone all day.
  • Clean sheets.
  • Playing a well-tuned, nicely-toned piano.
  • Playing a well-tuned, nicely-toned piano without an audience, for at least an hour at a time, so I can Practice and still have time to Play!
  • Playing a well-tuned, nicely-toned piano WITH an audience, so I can have a chance to give glory to my Father by sharing the music He's given me, and minister to said audience.
  • Praying with a stranger who needs it.
  • Getting over myself to see other people.
  • Spring sunshine.
  • Green grass.
  • The smell of the earth after the rain.
  • Spending time with Jay just hanging out, with and/or without the kids.
  • Coffee at Starbucks with Jason.
  • Coffee at Starbucks with friends.
  • A newborn baby.
  • Hugs.
  • Getting a chance to share the love of Christ with someone.
  • Getting a grumpy cashier/waitress to smile.
  • Blessing a complete stranger.
  • Being blessed by a complete stranger.
  • Starbucks' Frappuccino, Tall Chocolate Mocha Chip.
  • Getting a compliment about my well-behaved children.
  • Children actually BEING well-behaved!
  • Making a new friend.
  • Visiting with an old friend.
  • A compliment from someone who knows what they're talking about.
  • Giving a compliment and making someone's day.
  • Getting new scrapbooking toys!
  • The smell of fresh-baked bread.
  • "I Will Not Go Quietly," "Moment Made For Worshipping", "Magnificent Obsession" by Steven Curtis Chapman.
  • Nichole Nordeman. (Pretty much anything by her, too. She's my other songwriting hero.)
  • The smell of coffee. (Sometimes I think I should make coffee, not because I want some, but because it smells so good! It reminds me of my house growing up, and of my dad.)
  • Painting.
  • New clothes that make you feel pretty/romantic/sexy.
  • When you're husband tells you that you look pretty/HOT/sexy!
  • Lazy summer days.
  • Knitting.
  • Family get-togethers.
  • Chocolate chip cookies. (Yes, I know I'm not supposed to eat them. But they still taste good, even if I can't have them very often!)

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  1. I love scrapbooking, too. Have you ever listened to Sarah Groves? She is my songwriting hero. I have only written one song called "Teach Them" about being a high school teacher. I sing it at graduations and teacher meetings every once in a while. If you haven't heard Sarah Groves, I highly recommend getting a CD asap!

  2. Hey, girl! I love your list and alas, you beat me to it as it was a desire and plan of mine to write a list of loves. However, since this is not a competition (I have such silly pride) I just might do it anyway. :) The thing that's wonderful about such lists is that it puts our minds on the things that bless us - hearts that are grateful.
    You bless me, T.

  3. baker--As a matter of fact, I DO have a Sarah Groves CD! My husband got it for free, I can't remember why. I think that he got it at a district conference when he was a camp director for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Other than that, I have never heard of her. Although I do enjoy the CD we own!

    Way to go on writing a song! I think God created each of us with the ability to create, as we were made in His image, and since we were designed to worship Him, we should all be able to write some kind of music, even if by man's standards it may not be "up to par!" (Why do we have higher standards than God? I don't know.)

    I am sure your song blesses those who hear it. You should try writing more. (The psalms make it easy to start--just open them up and start singing along.)

    I'm keeping my eye on your blog, too!

    Colleen--Oh, please do! I actually stole the "nothing better than" idea from someone else, too! The list ended up pretty long, but eventually you just have to say "Okay, I don't have to put everything I love in this one post!"

    Nothing better than...seeing Colleen's list of "nothing better thans!"


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