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The Heart Smiles

I enjoy being with my girls, in fact when I recently took a trip to New York I realized how much I don’t like being away. This is my little piece of the world and I love being here, with them. They are mine. Evenร‚ย  our dog Marley. He’s such a great dog! He’s very well loved yet sometimes I forget he is here. The kids keep him busy and he follows them around all day long. My neighbors tell us how funny he is, he listens well and he loves everyone. I think he’s actually really smart. I almost forget he’s always with us until I see him in just about every other photo. He’s standing off to the side. He makes my heart smile when I stop and think about him.

Then moments like tonight. Our family trying to enjoy the slight coolness in the hot summer air outside. The girls playing on the sidewalk in front of our house, collecting leaves and twigs like they always do. The sun has just gone down so Mia is wide awake and able to see outside.

In moments like tonight my heart smiles.

I made a choice to live a happier life and here I am. I found my heart smiles much more now. Now that I allow myself to live in theร‚ย  moment with them. I want them to remember only good memories. I want them to love summer, and enjoy their childhood. I want to enjoy them as we are right now because it all passes so suddenly.

My heart smiles with theirs.


  1. shelly peterson on August 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Beautiful family, as you already know :). Love the pics but mostly your sweet loving post. you all are so blessed to have one another! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Felicia R on August 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

    You have a beautiful family!
    I need to remember to enjoy the moments more and turn the technology off. They are only this age once and time does go by so fast. I want my kids to really enjoy thier childhood and remember the good times <3

  3. Jenn on August 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Adorable family photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ I too missed my kids when I was away at BlogHer, even though I was only gone for 2.5 days, and I’m with them all the time (I work from home).

    P.S. We met at BlogHer ’12 at some point because I have your business card, which is why I dropped by your blog tonight – to say hello. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jamaise on August 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    That’s what it’s all about! You just made my heart smile too :))

  5. Lucy on August 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Auntie Mea on August 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful post Kristin! But isn’t the dog named Marley? ๐Ÿ™‚