Happy Thoughts

This morning, as I look out my window at a blanket of fresh snow swirling around outside and children headed off to school all bundled up for the blustery weather, I think to myself about how happy I am to be nestled here in my house along with my little girl, feeling all nice and cozy and wonderful.
I wasn’t feeling quite so joyful yesterday when the snow kept falling and falling. “Will it never end?!” I thought. My daughter just couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t happy about the snow and began telling me all the fun things I could do outside during the winter…sledding, making snowmen or finally wearing the snowshoes I got last winter, when there was no snow. She must have figured that I wasn’t quite convinced when, exasperated, she finally said, “Well, snow is white and you LOVE white, remember?” Well, this is true.
When I thought for a moment about all she had to say, I started to remind myself that sometimes a person just needs a different outlook on life. Lately, I’ve been busy with this and that, just taking in the season and trying to enjoy the moments that each day brings…obviously, I overlooked the benefits of snow 🙂
I really love this time of year and all its festivities. How happy everyone seems and how that joyful spirit seems to shine. It’s a feeling that wish I could capture all year long.
I got a new book the other day called Every Day a Friday. Have you heard of it? It’s written by Joel Osteen. I’ve always thought that he seems like Mr. Positive, a ray of happiness no matter the circumstances.
Anyway, I just happen to come across the book. I like thinking that God put it in my path and that reading it will perhaps give me an extra little spark and a fresh outlook. Who doesn’t need that sometimes, right? I might even put my boots on and play outside today 🙂
Well, lovely people, I hope your week is off to a wonderful start and that you’re filled to the brim with happiness. I’ll be back in a few days with a decorating post.
See you soon…
Tricia ♥


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  • Tiffany

    Happy day my friend, enjoy the snow:) I wish we had the snow but rain is all we got! Looking forward to the decorating post…


    December 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    I want snow!!! We keep missing it…ugh. What a lovely and cheerful post…just what I needed! xoxo

    December 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Brandi

    Sounds like your daughter has some wonderful ideas for enjoying the snow. Hope you enjoy cuddling up with her.

    December 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    This post sure did brighten my morning! I wish you a happy day and go enjoy that snow! Think of how wonderful it feels to warm up with comfy clothes and hot chocolate. 🙂

    I love Joel's books but haven't read that one. He always says the right things and gets me thinking about what's really important.

    Have a wonderful day and can't wait to see how you've decorated. XO

    December 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Silvina Soave

    Me han encantado las imágenes, preciosos detalles y hermoso colorido! Un abrazo grande.

    December 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    Beautiful shots. Wish I had just one day of snow. Very warm here today with the threat of storms. Feels like summer instead of Christmas.

    December 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • michele

    i will check out joel's book, knowing i will take away messages of hope.

    your images always inspire and transport me, and i am so grateful for that.

    smiles to you.


    December 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Lara

    Snow is white! 🙂 Smart little girl. 🙂 It is grey and dark here today… But I think days like this help is appreciate those days with trees filled with spring blossoms, ect. God blessed us with this world of variety and wonder. 🙂 Wow I can't believe you got snow! We are supposedly going to get some this week. I can't wait to see our prairie dusted in snow! Very pretty images, as always! Good to hear from you!! 🙂

    December 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Dagmar

    Such a sweet and joyful post..have a wonderful week❤

    December 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Lady of the Woods

    Your little girls attempts to cheer you are the most precious miracle here…that she saw you and kept trying to say the one thing that would change your "unnecessary" mood…THAT is the beauty.
    I wish we had a bit of snow here too, I'm even thinking of ways to conjure up some fake (not!) snow in my environment because I'm in South Florida and the humidity and heat is still "on", AC even on. yuck. A good short season of snow is so powerfully cleansing and beautifying in so many ways…..ways we (here) never get to see…no changes, just the same. ! blessings, lady

    December 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm Reply
  • tinajo

    I love how white the snow makes the world around me – but I´m not that fond of cold, so it´s 50/50 between pure joy and irritation right now, haha! 😀

    December 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • hootnonny

    Such happy images! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    December 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Oh what lovely images…they definitely brightened my gloomy, cloudy no snow day. Don't we wish we could have that same bright outlook that our children have every day of the year. Enjoy the book and enjoy your holidays!!

    December 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • camelia danielescu

    WOW , Tricia ,what a wonderful pictures ! 🙂
    ( like usually )

    December 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    Oh Happy Day! We are very warm here, I'm back to wearing shorts. Not very Christmasy at all! I'll try to envision your blanket of snow. Must be so lovely!

    December 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • My Little Bungalow

    Sometimes we adults need to look at the world as children do. It sounds like your daughter is a "glass half full" type of girl. Enjoy the snow.

    December 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Beautiful, Tricia! I was packing up from our last sale in all that snow yesterday…when watching a group of children totally enjoying sledding across the street, gave me a quick attitude adjustment lol! They were having so much fun! So, soaked and cold, I found the humor in the situation and had a good time with it!

    December 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • Vickie @ Ranger 911

    For some reason the fresh fallen snow gives me a sense of all is right in the world. The unseasonably warm weather we've been experiencing just doesn't do it for me! I'm off today and I've been playing outside in the snow and feeling like a kid again. It's good to see the world through a child's eyes.

    Lovely photos, Tricia! Happy winter wonderland!

    p.s. If you have a chance stop by and sign up for my Christmas giveaway. :@

    December 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm Reply
  • Denise Fasanello

    You photos are gorgeous. so peaceful

    December 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm Reply
  • awal.ny

    Beautiful colors in the pictures. You can send that snow this way. We are known for having snow in Buffalo and nothing, not enough for the poor kids to go out and play in. I like your daughter's comment about you loving white. Now you can enjoy staying inside out of the snow with your new book.

    December 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Pride In Photos

    Images are so sweet and soft…major love! I love Joel Osteen, I have one of his books and enjoyed it alot.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Blueberry

    So delicate!…
    Love it ♥

    December 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    To be a child again…yes they do see things through different eyes 😉 Its snowing here and we have alot of it right now! Its looking very much like winter and Christmas.
    Hoep you get to go outside today and maybe let some snowflakes melt on your tongue 😉
    Love your photos~they are always perfect!
    Sending you warm Christmas hugs Trica xo

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo

    December 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Vibeke Sæther Svenningsen

    Hello Tricia:)
    Always BEAUTIFUL pictures from you:)Thank you:)In Norway we have lots of snow too,and the kids just love it…and so do I:))


    December 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Cindy Garber Iverson

    Your post and your photos have given me happy thoughts! So your little girl gave you happy thoughts by reminding you that you love white and snow is white. And then you've passed it on and given me happy thoughts (and I'm sure many others too). Thank you!

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

    December 11, 2012 at 2:38 am Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    Your photos look like an absolutely sunny, wonderful day! As always, your photography makes me feel so good!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:29 am Reply
  • Nely

    Always beautiful pictures you have..so lovely!
    Hugs Nely!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:50 am Reply
  • Женя Joy_L

    We have lots of snow in Moscow and I'm really happy 'cause we can celebrate New Year with snow(not witn rain as last year), hope it won't melt)))

    December 11, 2012 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    Your daughter's comment is so funny and sweet too! I have been complaining about the constant hot weather here in Houston. It's been in the 80's. I was so happy when the tempature dropped down to 50 yesterday. But then later in the day I found myself snapping at my little guy because he didn't get in the car fast enough and "it's cold outside". I thought I was supposed to be enjoying out one day of cold weather? Sometimes perspective is everything.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm Reply
  • Katherines Corner

    stunning photos!!! xo

    December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm Reply
  • lulusfolie

    I love your blog and photography!

    December 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm Reply
  • Lisa Gordon

    I truly believe that for so many things, children have far more insight than do we.
    I would love a little snow right now! Just really cold and gray here. Hopefully we'll have some by Christmas. 🙂

    As always, such beautiful photographs, Tricia.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • This is Belgium

    great pics

    December 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Keeping it Cozy

    It's been so long since we have had snow here… I wouldn't mind some of it. 🙂 I loved reading about what your daughter said… too cute. I will have to look for the book… a fresh outlook is always nice. Hope you have a great week, Tricia!

    December 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm Reply
  • Kia

    Your photography always makes me smile. 😀
    Aww, your daughter sounds so precious, as I am sure she is. 🙂
    I have been complaining about the constant rain all year, and I have been truly happy when we got snow on the First Sunday Of Advent. It lasted only 3 days, and then back to rain again… Enjoy the book, it sure sounds interesting.
    Looking forward to the decorating post.
    Have a lovely 12.12.12 ahead, and sweet dreams!

    December 12, 2012 at 12:28 am Reply
  • Svenja

    your pictures are always so special tricia 🙂
    wish you a nice day, hugs, Svenja

    December 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm Reply
  • Butterbean Row

    Out of the mouths of babes! How sweet is your girl to give you a positive spin on life. And you do like white!
    Enjoy being indoors and do something fun with your precious child.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm Reply
  • Susan

    I love your pictures!

    I like snow enough to have a white Christmas, but other than that, I can take it or leave it!

    Enjoy your holiday season!

    December 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm Reply
  • Linda R

    I can honestly say I love the snow. But I am guessing that's because It never snow's where I live. I do love to drive up to Utah and go snow skiing. That is the only time I have been around snow. But I still think I would love to live somewhere where it snowed. Your photos are always so beautiful. You definitely have a gift!

    Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.


    December 13, 2012 at 12:22 am Reply
  • Pieces of Sunshine

    Beautiful post Tricia and delightful photos. Isn't it wonderful having some positive input around you! Must go and check out the book you mentioned, sounds very good.

    December 13, 2012 at 2:19 am Reply
    • Pieces of Sunshine

      Looks like a good read, I have just ordered a copy….thanks!

      December 13, 2012 at 2:35 am Reply
  • Marina D

    Hi Tricia! The snow sounds just magical, I hope you are putting on your snow shoes and enjoying it 🙂 I haven't seen the snow in years, but we did get some rain tonight so I'm feeling a little more cozy and wintery. xo

    December 13, 2012 at 5:10 am Reply
  • Priscila Peters

    Hi Tricia,
    I like your post. I feel the same way sometimes…and these photos make me very happy. So pretty.
    It has happened to me, I came across a book and it was what I need to know at that time. Hope it's the case for you.

    December 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm Reply
  • Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale

    I just think this is the most charming photo…you are so talented!!

    December 15, 2012 at 4:00 am Reply
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