Saturday, February 6, 2010

Simple Things

Life can be crazy. There are unexpected twists and turns. I have experienced my share of those eye-popping adventures. You know the ones I am talking about, where you have to remind yourself to keep breathing. Having said that, I can honestly and thankfully say I have never, and hopefully will never, experience anything like the poor souls living in Haiti at this very moment. My heart truly breaks and aches every time I see or read about the horrible living conditions, destroyed neighborhoods and splintered families. If I could, I would be on a plane heading for Haiti right now. But I can’t. So what can I do? What can you do? I’m so glad you asked!

While visiting MattysThoughts, I discovered, Enchanted Oak. The author of this inspiring blog is hosting a challenge this weekend. It’s called The Simple Things Challenge and yes, it is really simple. Celebrate the simple pleasures in your life by posting a list, a poem, or a prose piece about the joy of simple things, and the author will donate $2.00 to Heartline Ministries for their medical clinic and other programs in Haiti.

So, without further ado …. My simple list.

~ Riding a horse almost as old and slow as I am

~ Being served coffee in bed … every day … by the same man … my personal cabana boy … named Bob

~ Having a two year old wrap her nasty, grubby arms around my neck and give me a big sloppy kiss with a nose full of boogers

~ Watching the sunrise

~ Watching the sunset

~ Breathing clean air

~ Drinking clean water

~ Eating food from my garden

~ Laughing

~ Crying


Rae said...

Thank you for the link. I too have sad thoughts about Haiti. It is a helpless feeling wanting to do something but being unable.

Thank you also for your kind comments on my blog post.

Brian Miller said...

love those simple things...thanks for playing along...we are so blessed...

Two Shades of Pink said...

This was wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your heart and this link.

Enchanted Oak said...

Marla! I love your post! You cracked me up, and you made me smile. This has been a real joy today, meeting people like you. I love "Fried Green Tomatoes" too, and writing, and watching sunrises, and I wish I had a personal cabana boy but I do have a great hubby who makes my coffee ready every morning, so hey, I have not a single complaint. You have blessed life, dear one. Thank you for visiting me on behalf of Haiti.

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Lovely simple things.
I love the laughing and crying part.
Thanks for joining us.

Auntie Cake said...

You have your own personal cabana boy??? Lucky you!!! What a guy that Bob is for bring you coffee in bed everyday! That is too sweet. Bummer about your internet, but isn't that something to be thankful for? I guess I never really thought about it because it's always here. I will appreciate it from now on! Glad you have yours back! And I did love all the things on your list. Have a great weekend with your cabana boy!!! Tell him how wonderful we think he is!

sarah said...

love the list....gentle...simple...the best.

Monkey Man said...

Counting simple blessings. Yes.

Amarja said...

Dear Marla, How great to read this! I do the excact same thing! I keep on thanking God for having a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, for enough money in the bank to buy food and for family that is still alive and not sick, that I have a bike to bike to my work.. These kind off things.
In the Netherlands we started to raise money for Haiti together. Children start washing cars on the streets for some euros, mothers start baking cades and sold it in their neighbourhoods, people donated money..

Our minister said that at the eind of the week he would double the amount all of the Dutch will raise together. The endsom was 83,4 milion euros. Pretty amazing right?!

Love you Marla, miss you lots!

Unknown Mami said...

I get coffee in bed every day too and it is one of the most wonderful things ever.

Lily Robinson said...

Those simple things sound wonderful! My oldest mare isn't quite as old as I am, but she's just as slow unless she gets the urge!

honeypiehorse said...

Ah, yes, the boogers of 2-year-olds are divine!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

I like your list. It's the simple things that make me glad to be me. We are so fortunate.

gayle said...

Oh the simple things in life!! Love them!!

MindyBB said...

Provoking...I am trying to live simply to simply live- thanks for straightening that out for me I needed a reminder! Love you- hang in there!

UberGrumpy said...

I don't believe your old or slow. But thanks for the list.

I'll go check out this oaky fellow

Marla said...

Rae ~ You are a amazing person. Keep going, sister!

Brian ~ Yes, we are

Two Shades ~ My pleasure

Enchanted ~ Thank you for inspiring us to care.

Shakira ~ I want your name! :-)

Kate ~ He is SO wonderful. How lucky am I to have married my best friend?

Sarah ~ Thank you

Monkey ~ Yes

Amarja ~ That is so AWESOME!!!! I love and miss you so much. Let's Skype soon!!!

Mami ~ Isn't it though!?!?!?

Lily ~ Gotta love those old mares

honeypiehorse ~ They truly are

The girl ~ We really are

gayle ~ Me too!

Mindy ~ Love you too

UG ~ I tend to exagerate. Shocking, I know