Thinking back on the past couple of weeks, I wasn’t certain I would have much to share in my list. But when I looked over my notes (I keep track of my week’s “smiles” on my phone), I realized that, even though the past couple of weeks have been rather quiet, they were filled with wonderful moments.
- KidLove: 1.) Baby girl started lacrosse for the 10-and-under crowd — in a word: awesome! 2.) Took Older Son out of school for an appointment then snuck him off to a lovely lunch date. 3.) Enjoyed Younger Son’s beautiful band festival concert. Their rendition of “American Elegy”, a piece written for Columbine High School, brings tears to my eyes.
- ItalianLove: 1.) Sunday Skype date with family in Italy, always such a thrill! Skype makes them seem so close. 2.) Wish granted after three years: I have been hoping that, one day, a native Italian speaker would come into my life, someone I might see and be able to chat with (fare quattro chiacchiere) on a regular basis. This week, she arrived, in the form of another lacrosse mom! Sono felice! (I’m happy!)
- BlogLove: 1.) Connecting with other bloggers in this very supportive community is always so exciting to me, and one of the hidden treasures of blogging. This week, I connected with one of my favorite Italian bloggers! Hop on over to her Studentessa Matta blog to see why I love Melissa’s enthusiasm for and love of the Italian language. She’s a wealth of knowledge and shares it so beautifully! 2.) Always fun to post something that is well-received; thanks guys for the kind words and support of my Wednesday post.
- BookLove: In my last Sweets & Smiles post I told you of my challenge to read 25 pages a day, which is going really well! In the past two weeks, I have finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (a scrumptious book which I highly recommend) and Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (a sweet debut novel by a friend of my sister-in-law). Now I’m re-reading one of my most favorites, The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. Her writing is exquisite and the story is deeply touching. Don’t be intimidated by its 754 pages — it’s an engrossing read.
Blessings to all for a beautiful Sunday and a lovely week.
Sunday Sweets and Smiles is a regular post on gratitude. My thanks, as always, to The Duck and The Owl, for sharing their idea with other bloggers.