I’ll share mine if you’ll share yours…

My natural instincts are to rush, cram, and just get through the dealings of my day.

But one thing I’ve learned about being Mom to a medically fragile child with special needs, is that slower is often better.

Especially after the week from hell we’ve just been through.

Quite the realization for a text book diagnosis of  Type A personality.

And, boy, do I wish I had figured it out sooner.

We all have little things that make our lives better.

Simple things, most that don’t cost a dime,  add richness to our everyday living.

I’ll share mine with you, if you’ll share yours with me.

  • Read to your kids
  • Make something new out of something old
  • Turn off your TV and computer.
  • Get out and get to know your neighbors.
  • Plant a garden
  • De-clutter
  • Share
  • Volunteer in your child’s school
  • Say Hello
  • Open your windows
  • Bake cookies
  • Buy local
  • Learn something new
  • Candle light
  • Swing
  • Seek to understand a different point of view
  • Make  a budget and stick to it
  • Yard Sale
  • Cook together
  • Eat together
  • Pray together

“Live in a way that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich.”  ~Duane Elgin

PS:  Have I thanked you for all of your love, prayers and support?  Cause that should REALLY be listed above:  Be Thankful.

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. What a great list! I turn off the radio, TV, computer and open up the door/windows, weather permitting, and listen to the world. I will also just sit and watch my children and not say anything or engage them, just observe. Meditation & Yoga is another way to force me to slow down and be in the moment.
    Glad to hear Parker is doing better, continued prayers for a full recovery.

  2. Posted mine on my blog. Great news about Parker!

  3. This is a wonderfully encouraging post, Tammy. So true!

    Cooking from scratch (I know you do) is an excellent slow-down and mentally refreshing activity for me. (If you didn’t watch the preview – look for the Food Revolution on tv tonight.)

    Working in my yard! The BEST activity to give me ideas for my blog!

    • Barbara,

      Do you garden? I really should have put gardening at the top of my list. Here I am getting so excited for my garden and it snows today. oy! lol!

      • The true answer is no. I do lawn, flower, bush, tree – yard care. We did have a lovely crop of limes last year. And we are due for a good crop of pecans if the rain holds. Don’t think too badly of me for not producing produce. Hubby and I did that kind of thing before we had children.

  4. This is so encouraging, Tammy. And true.

    I love the eat together. There’s a wonderful article on The Family Meal Table that I came across one day. The author mentions how important it is to eat together b/c it’s an opportunity to share, ask questions, have devotions, sing, etc. As well as the obvious – nourish your body. xox

  5. praising God for a good report!!!! you are ALWAYS in our whole family’s prayers.
    btw- i put up a stamping post with the kit i won from you :)
    http://agodlyhomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/03/stamping.html thank you!! we used them again today .

  6. When time permits I like to do a craft with my kids. Nothing monumental mind you, just something messy that allows us to chat and spend time together.

    Or curl up on the sofa and watch an old movie together. We have a favorite that shows mostly winter time scenes. Even in the middle of hot summer we are looking for a blanket to wrap up in.

  7. I think i did 3 things today… albeit they were prob the most important things.. but i definitely need to print this out and put it on my fridge before patting myself on my back over 3 things on a lengthy awesome list!

  8. I haven’t been on here for a while. I have to catch up on what is happening. Thanks for sharing this inspirational post. I have been in a bit of a funk since my mom passed away and I am trying to get back into the swing of things.
    I usually like going to the market, taking a bath, candles, reading and lastly cooking makes me feel good. I love your list.

  9. Oh my gosh, I just read the post below. WAHOOOO what a relief that you got good news. :)

  10. For some reason I wrote Monkey’s Mom above. Which I am, but I normally post as Peanut’s Mom. LOL Sorry for the confusion!

  11. GREAT list!!
    I’m stopping by via Adoption of Jane’s blog and grabbing your button for my “Special Families” page!
    BTW – YAY on Parker’s CBC results!!

  12. Cutting flowers from my yard to put in vases inside. Also, coming up with some really fun and unique arrangement for my flower boxes….and then arranging them while my boys play around me with the hose and with their own shovels.

  13. Great list! We spend a lot of time at Primaries in SLC also. I’m so excited I found your site. I’m going to grab your button and add it to my special needs page if that’s okay. I wish I could go to CBC to hear you speak. Unfortunately it’s one of those therapies are more important than mom going to a blog conference type deals. I bet you will do wonderful!

  14. what a wonderful list.

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