Little Moments Like That and a Fun Pillow Idea

Little Moments Like That and a Fun Pillow Idea

 

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Do you remember that song by Brad Paisley….”Little Moments Like That”?

It’s the little imperfections….it’s the sudden change of plans

When she misreads the directions…and we’re lost but holding hands

Yeah……I live for little moments like that….

I live for little moments

When she steals my heart and doesn’t know it

Yeah……I live for little moments like that

Who knew?

Who knew Brad Paisley was such a brilliant philosopher?

Before I was married….when I was younger….I spent afternoons watching Hallmark movies and planning Barbie weddings and drawing endless hearts and doodles…..

.…I thought love was all about big romantic gestures.

Just like in the movies.

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I thought that when your future husband declared his love to you….it was after a series of super dramatic events that usually involved you almost leaving on a jet plane and him chasing you down the wrong way on an escalator.

Papers would be flying and a he would be frantically searching for you in the crowd of people getting on the plane.

Then..just before you were about to board….you would glance over your shoulder one more time in despair because you were leaving….

….and then you’d see him.

And he’d have a bouquet of flowers in his mouth.

And you would rush toward each other and leap into each other’s arms…..

….and live happily ever after.

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And while I love that kind of love.

And I wish I had been boarding a plane instead of wearing Lee Press-On Nails and totally knocking my husband-to-be over at his Navy graduation in my haste to tell him how much I loved him.

I think that true love is found in the little moments.

The shared jokes.

The laughter.

The times when it’s your husband’s day off and you totally want to have him build a pair of bookshelves for you…..but you don’t want to ask him….because after all it is date day and he might want to go to the movies or out to eat or something much more date-like….and so you ask him what he wants to do that day…..and his eyes twinkle and he grins…..

….and tells you he was thinking about building some bookshelves.

And you fall a little more in love with him right then.

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Like the other day.

The whole family was driving in the car going to a baseball game.

My husband and I were talking and laughing and discussing the Kentucky basketball game….and how the game came down to the last 3.2 seconds and wasn’t it amazing….and how they totally won….and how that….

….now they were in the sweet sixteen tournament.

And all of a sudden….I stopped.

“Do you hear that?” I asked.

“What?” he said.  “I don’t hear anything.”

“Exactly,” I said staring at him wide-eyed.  “That’s what I mean…nothing….not a sound….I don’t hear anything at all.”

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Did I mention there were four children in the car?

And usually that means the noise is usually at a 3.2 on the Richter scale.

And someone is fighting or poking or arguing over a game or yelling……Mooooooom.

But not today.

Today it was absolutely positively quiet.

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I turned around to look.

There were four heads….each one bent diligently over a variety of electronic devices.

One had earphones and was listening to music.

One had an i-phone and was playing a game.

And the twins were on their i-pads…designing hairstyles and outfits worthy of the red carpet.

It was blissfully, wonderfully, amazingly quiet.

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I turned to my husband with a smile.

We sat there in the silence for a moment….holding hands and saying nothing.

And then he turned to me…..with those twinkling brown eyes….and said with a grin “All that silence gives new meaning to the phrase….

….children left to their own devices.”

And right then and there on the way to a baseball game in the middle of a winding country road I realized….

….I live for little moments like that. :)

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PS  I made this pillow for my son’s room.  It’s the longitude and latitude of one of his favorite places.

If you want to make one….you can find your own coordinates….here.

Then simply stencil the numbers on a pillow and fill in with paint.

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Comments

  1. Oh those moments, I adore those moments…they always come in the most unexpected way out of nowhere. Beautiful!

  2. I’m so glad I found this blog. I love your stories.

  3. Hi Karianne!

    I don’t know if it is your beautiful photography, your talent or your wonderful storytelling that I love so much! You are AWSOME!

  4. Your hubby surely does come up with the best lines!…I am going to remember that one…Treasure the “silence” but most of all treasure “the laughter and the noise”….. Have a wonderful weekend…and love that room and the awesome pillow!

  5. I love your stories, your decorating and just everything Karianne! Love, love, love your blog and I look forward to it everyday! You are so talented and fun!

  6. Awwww!! That is so very sweet. You so very succinctly put into words everything that I think and feel — and you do it in such a wonderful way. Why is it that the older we get, the more we feel and the more things touch our emotions? And I have had people ask , how can you and your husband spend so much time together without going nuts? I just smile — I guess they don’t know him — or me for that matter. It seems you feel that way about your twinkling brown eyes. We sure are lucky!! Big hugs to you!!

  7. You gave me my first big smile of the day, thanks! :)

  8. As always…..you make me feel so happy with your stories !
    I also has a husband whose love language is doing projects for me…soooo very lucky aren’t we??!!

  9. Oh!! You have such a Wonderful Way of Writing!!!
    Love reading your blog!!!

  10. Beautiful! So glad I started my day reading your blog!

  11. Enjoy your little moments, dear friend and have an amazing weekend!!~~Angela

  12. Karianne, there is no doubt that you are doing what you are meant to do in this world :) What an inspirational light you are to your family and to all of us who follow your wonderful blog.

  13. Karianne, I always love your stories of life and family. You’re right, it is the small moments that make a life. The lat/long pillow is beautiful , and a great idea. I can see using that for many different occasions – birthdays, weddings, house warming and hostess gifts.

  14. For a good chunk of my raising six kids years there were no electronic gadgets. Silence in the car usually meant they were holding their noses.

  15. I was so busy reading…I had to go back and look at the pictures! You spin quite the tale Karianne! Yeah…I still live for moments like that. When my kiddos were young…electronic devices like that weren’t invented yet. The only way I got peace and quiet was if they were all dozing! And…that didn’t happen all that often! ;)

  16. AWE!!!! I think that is Hallmark channel worthy!!! Not just because any quiet time with 4 kids deserves it’s own movie, but just so sweet!

  17. Reading your blog post in the morning is like taking a vitamin!
    It gets me going and makes me feel like I did something good for myself! :) Happy day!!

  18. Karen Etling :

    Just perfect — put it in the book! And by the way, plenty more great basketball moments ahead. The big one tonight will have ALL of Kentucky watching — good luck!

  19. I too love your stories …..and that bedroom. The galvanized tubs for storage are a great idea for boy stuff. I know boy stuff I raised 5 boys and one girl.

  20. Your story is so sweet! I love the Hallmark kind of love on TV, but our kind of love is more like yours. My husband was going to be out of town for two weeks, so he bought me a present. He didn’t want me to be lonely and bored while he was away. I jumped up and down when he showed me my new pneumatic stapler/nailer!! The first day, I finished a wicker chase lounge and a neighbor brought me her dining room chairs to recover. So much more to do! So much better than flowers (unless I could plant them in my yard! ;) ).

    Thanks for your fabulous longitude latitude pillow idea. I have been struggling with an idea for our daughter’s first anniversary. The location of the church would be perfect.

    Always Karianne, thank you for sharing and reminding us of the small joys of the everyday.. Your gratefulness is contagious. Have an amazing weekend!

  21. So sweet!! I love hearing about other people’s stories.

    ~Cheryl
    http://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com/

  22. A girl after my own heart. Made my morning brighter. I just love your stories. Have a great weekend.

  23. Hi Karianne, another fun read.

    The pillow is really cute and I really love the map wall. It’s such a fantastic element in the room.

    Where do you find a map that large? Is it wallpaper or an actual (really big) map?

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

    Lisa

  24. Okay- are you ready to brace yourself? As a recently retired first grade teacher….
    I was anticipating your children doing what my grandchildren do…. A eight year old and a six year old- (the children of two Presbyterian ministers in North Carolina) and the eight and six year old children of two teachers in Oregon…
    That they were reading or drawing. Sorry- not impressed.
    Educator and Grandmother

  25. Love that whole bright, sun-filled room. Desperate for some vit D here. The laughter comes by enjoying those special moments and marrying your best friend doesn’t hurt either.

  26. I went to link for coordinates and I got an alert for a virus. The site didn’t come up and then I got the alert. Just letting you know. Sorry! Love the pillow idea by the way.

  27. DEBORAH BURKE :

    I just love reading all of your stories KariAnne……You always make me smile!! P.S…I have seen pictures of you and your kids but have never seen a picture of your hubby..would so love to see a picture of the man with the twinkling brown eyes… :-)

  28. Each weekday, when I turn on my computer at work, I look forward to reading your blog. It never fails to make me smile. Today was no exception.

  29. Oh KariAnne…Simple Pleasures are the best!

  30. I too am a grandmother to 14 Grands and two grands,Its funny i didn’t get concerned about what each of your kiddos were doing,but that you were all together,going to a family event. Several of our granddaughters would rather draw, or read,but when I’m around the teens we just love being together. I’m truly happy you are blessed with a wonderful family,plus I really like the pillow!!!!!!!!!!!!!Lifes simple pleasures!

  31. Oh I love the pun, he’s hilarious.

    Such a cute story and the best part is your talent in telling it.

    Hugs to you sweet KA.

    Have a great weekend.

    And go Kentucky!! Well done whoot.

  32. I love you husband! and you, too!

  33. Sounds like you have a wonderful family…many blessings to you all!
    I was also wondering if you could tell me about the map hanging on the wall. My daughter is looking for something like that for her office. Lovely room! Love the pillow idea.
    Thanks!

  34. Go Kentucky! Go Indiana! Woops, I forgot Indiana didn’t even make it to the practice for the Big Dance:) I am so glad again that you didn’t let your parents stand in your way of your true love!! I always wonder what might of been. Love your family and your stories, makes my day:) Have a great week-end, lots and lots of college basketball on and of course, the Nascar race!

  35. I laughed out loud over this line, “All that silence gives new meaning to the phrase ‘children left to their own devices.’” Brilliant!

    Great idea for a pillow! Also I love the pops of orange you have in that room. Beautiful!

    Thank you for a wonderful story.

  36. This is the coolest thing EVER! I just got the coordinates from the house that I grew up in. Oh, happy days! I can stencil, but sewing a pillow, that’s another story. Still, I do like it! XOXO

  37. Beautifully written! I have pinned that wonderful boy’s room. And I love technology despise some, ahem, naysayers.

  38. Love your story..Thanks for making me smile..Have a wonderful weekend..

  39. What an awesome post!! You are so right it’s the little moments! Your pillow looks great and as always such a blessing to read your posts!

  40. Oh your stories, I LOVE them. You are excellent at it.

  41. I love, love, LOVE your stories!!!!