for my gorgeous family and friends who made my birthday this week extra special and relaxing.

I find at this stage in my life with all the crazy busyness in our lives that I appreciate more than ever those simple things in life that I once took for granted.

Never again will I not appreciate with all of my being such things as sleep, time to read or just sit and chat, a meal (or a special cake) cooked by another, a handmade or well-thought out gift from someone who loves and knows me well.

Scaling back to the basics you can often find the most important things of all.

When I find myself focusing a little too much on the negatives and feel all too often that I’m drowning in the mundanity and frustrations of motherhood, I look at this blog and I see that there are so very many positives in my life and those positives made up of very ‘everyday’ things are actually the things that I savour more than anything.
Those other things that I wistfully dream of, are but a ‘flash in the pan’ and fools gold.

For more gratefulness head over to Maxabella land.

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  1. says

    Happy belated birthday, Emma! Know that you are not alone in the trials of motherhood. Drop by Planet Baby any time you feel like that! J x

  2. says

    Happy birthday… thinking of you in these tougher times. Just getting back into the blog reading so I'm catching up. I wish I lived closer and could drop over with more cake…

  3. says

    A really inspiring and heartwarming post, Emma. Thanks for sharing these thoughts. After a week&#39;s holiday and feeling like I need a holiday more than ever, I really needed to hear this.<br /><br />Happy birthday. Hope you have a year as lovely as that cake!! x

  4. says

    Happy Birthday!<br />Your cake looks amazing.<br />So many lovely things to be grateful for, what a beautiful post. <br />My mantra this week has been &quot;they are only little once&quot;. One day I will get some more sleep/time to myself/ a break.<br />But at the end of the day, I am so grateful to be a mummy :)

  5. says

    happy happy week to you in celebration of your birthday…you are so right it is so often the &#39;small stuff&#39; that makes me happy like nothing else…

  6. says

    That is such a gorgeous post!<br />Motherhood is all consuming and so easy to lose ourselves in, its so ace that you have friends around you to spoil you with the little things.<br />I hope the coming year offers you lots more of these moments.

  7. says

    Happy Birthday. I&#39;m glad you have lovely friends to help celebrate and make your birthday special. You&#39;re right it is the simple things we should try and savour, everyday is special. xo

  8. says

    What a thoughtful post. You&#39;re so right – the little, everyday things are the gold! I need to remind myself of this sometimes too.<br /><br />Just read your guest post at &#39;Buttons&#39; and popped in to have a look. I love your blog – so full of goodness!

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