Happiness Is…

Happiness is wearing a long sleeve t-shirt.

Happiness is watching magical reunions happen in baggage claim.

Happiness is holding a newborn baby.

Happiness is a new coat of nail polish.

Happiness is an encouraging text message in the middle of the day.

Happiness is snail mail.

Happiness is an empty email inbox at the end of a workday.

Happiness is laughing so hard you can’t breathe.

Happiness is the blank pages of a new journal.

Happiness is an unlikely friendship.

Happiness is zero humidity in Houston.

Happiness is hearing your name from someone you didn’t think knew your name.

Happiness is my mom’s chocolate chip banana bread mini-muffins.

Happiness is the straight lines on the carpet left over from vacuuming.

Happiness is an empty laundry basket, even if it only lasts for a day.

Happiness is your favorite song getting played on the radio when you’re driving.

Sometimes it’s just the little things in life.

Your turn.

Happiness is…


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  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    Happiness is getting down on the floor and playing cars with my 2 year-old grandson,

    Happiness is finding out I am going to be a great-grandma!

  2. 2
    Julie says:

    Happiness is arriving at Sonic at 4:02 completely stressed that you missed Happy Hour only to find your carhop’s extending you grace and charging you 1/2 price in spite of yourself!

  3. 3
    Carol Crabtree says:

    Happiness is … seeing that one gorgeous tree, leaves a perfect gold-orange-red medley of color, standing out among the others on the way to work.

  4. 4
    Ginny says:

    Happiness is being bombarded with sticky kisses when you walk in the door after a day at work!

  5. 5
    KimDotJoy (doo-dah) says:

    Happiness….is being greeted by your dog after a workday and feeling like the most special person in the world.

  6. 6
    Sara Nelson says:

    Happiness is being completely exhausted at the end of the day because of my three small children. We are most grateful for the things that make us work the hardest.

  7. 7
    Cassandra says:

    Happiness is…

    a chai tea latte (special treat since the closest Starbucks is 2 hours away).

    a phone call with my spirit mama.

    a sunny 60 degree December day in Pennsylvania.

    rereading your favorite book.

    my gramma’s peanut blossom cookies (today is National Cookie Day).

    a roadtrip with your best friends

  8. 8

    Happiness is the crisp smell of unturned pages in a new book.

    Happiness is hearing my name, ‘Mama’, from a groggy little voice down the hall at the crack of day.

    Happiness is stepping out of the salon with fresh color and a new hair cut.

    Happiness is flip flops with a fresh pedicure.

    Happiness is an empty dishwasher and kitchen sink.

    Happiness is a good cup of coffee sipped slowed over conversation with a dear friend.

  9. 9
    LPM-KMac says:

    Ooooh! I also get these, except they are really sticky “licks” from the pups. 🙂 Love them!

  10. 10
    SherryLPM says:

    Happiness is…
    -hearing uncontrollable laughter from your kids
    -a simmering pot of soup on the stove
    -hot apple cider
    -a deep breath of fresh air

  11. 11
    sweet anonymous says:

    Happiness is a beautiful gift straight from the heart of God…ever since my dear lifelong friend was murdered at the end of September one of the hard things was not being able to say goodbye. At 6am this morning I awoke from the most vivid dream where we got to say we loved each other and say goodbye just before He was to be taken to the waiting arms of Jesus. I know you meant for this to be a lighthearted post so please forgive me, but right now I am just overwhelmed by the kindness and goodness of God. Happy tears streaming down my face….

  12. 12
    Angie says:

    …when God answers that small prayer just to say He cares and He is for me. This just happened yesterday, and I can’t get over it. So happy about it.

  13. 13
    sarah elizabeth says:

    happiness is quiet time with jesus early in the morning.
    happiness is getting asked on a date when i didn’t expect it.
    happiness is long dinners with friends.
    happiness is car rides with people i love.

  14. 14
    Kristin says:

    Happiness is saying “no” for the first time! (victory)

  15. 15

    Happiness is…

    – My nephew, who lives next door, calling to say “Hey, Aunt Jessi, can I come for dinner?”

    – A new book on my Kindle.

    – A caramel macchiato in a mug, not a paper cup.

    – The first day of a brand new Bible study.

    – Freshly laundered sheets on my bed.

    – Going to the movies with my mom.

  16. 16
    Bethany says:

    Happiness is…
    hearing my nieces belly-laugh
    finding out friends (who are more like family) are moving back home
    that cup of coffee in the morning…and the occasional one at 4pm
    a room lit by a Christmas tree
    a sigh of relief after organizing a big mess
    finishing a good book
    clean sheets on the bed

  17. 17
    Iris says:

    Happiness is waking up pain free for a few minutes.

  18. 18
    diana crawford says:

    My first cup of coffee spent sitting quietly with Jesus!

  19. 19
    Julie Reynolds says:

    …early morning twitter friends in Siestaville

    …making it up at my goal time for exercise & quiet time

    …planning a party for a 70 year young mentor/friend

    …sharing in my grandson’s first birthday

    …said grandson taking first steps to GRAN!!!

    …hearing Jesus speak to me personally through HIS WORD.

    …a candle burning for advent

    … counting His gifts

    …reading this blog and the community that is Siestaville

    • 19.1
      Michele says:

      I threw a surprise party years ago for a dear friend for her 80th birthday. Let’s just say it would be better to give them a heads-up, hahaha. She was overjoyed, but it did get her heart pumping- and her eyes watering. Best party ever. Have a blast at yours! 🙂

  20. 20
    Michelle says:

    …hearing my kids, whether it’s the 19 and 20-year-old or the middle schooler and elementary schooler, talking and laughing with each other in the next room…knowing my kids can be friends at times.

  21. 21
    Paula says:

    . . . a bonfire on a cool night

    . . . the smell of fresh-baked bread

    . . . an excited call from my young adult son about a special girl

    . . . when my husband calls me princess

    . . . chili mac from steak n shake

  22. 22
    theHarborMom says:

    Happiness is…
    The smell of PineSol in my house
    Buying a friend her drink at Starbucks
    Songs wih a beat that match the pace of my walking

  23. 23
    Deb Myers says:

    …waking up with your warm puppy curled up in the small of your back.

    …seeing an open parking place right after saying “Lord, I really need a parking place now”

    …knowing my son is celebrating Christmas in the presence of Jesus, even if my heart misses him so much here.

    • 23.1
      Lindsee says:

      Oh, Deb. My heart hurts for you. I am so sorry. But what comfort to know He is spending it with the One we’re celebrating. Much love to you!

  24. 24
    Michele says:

    Happiness is 68 degrees in December!!! 😀

    Snow tomorrow, but today I have the windows open! 🙂

  25. 25
    Brenda O says:

    Happiness is- After a long hard day crawling in bed between clean, crisp sheets.

  26. 26
    Kelli says:

    Happiness is…

    – standing next to a warm fire
    – a horse’s soft muzzle
    – a dog’s smile
    – my husband saying everything gets lovely when he sees me at the end of the day
    – knowing Jesus loves me

  27. 27
    Michele says:

    Oh yeah – and happiness is finishing a book project!

    Hoping to have it in hand next week, that should be happy also. And hopefully others are happy when they read it.

  28. 28
    Deborah says:

    Happiness is…
    -my cute new heels, gray suede with khaki-colored patent toes
    -wrapping a Secret Santa gift for a nursing home patient
    -finding JOY as the new FRUIT in my spiritual life…totally from Him and way more than I could ever have imagined, overwhelmed by JOY
    -the whisper of hope in a new beginning
    -How Great Thou Art by Susan Boyle

  29. 29
    Corrie says:

    a cup of Texas Pecan coffee, a quiet house, and a good book to read.

  30. 30
    Missy June says:

    Happiness is sleeping late and waking to find…my children are still sleeping soundly!

    • 30.1
      Linda - LPM says:

      This is one I still hope for when me kids come home from college!! and it is pure joy to have those first few minutes alone with the Lord!

  31. 31
    Sharon Weldon says:

    Happiness is: my grandchildren (love them), my husband kissing me every morning before he leaves for work, and the fact I am heading out the door on a 70 something December day to play golf with a friend! That’s happy!

  32. 32
    Tracy says:

    .the sound of kids giggling
    …a hot bath at the end of a long day
    …a caramel apple spice (aka “hug”) from Starbucks
    …cool, clean sheets
    …hugs from my (now grown) baby boy
    …messages from my college age nephew that say I miss you and can’t wait to see you next time I’m home
    …unexpected blessings that have Jesus written all over them.
    …new posts on the LPM blog! = )

  33. 33
    Sharliss Arnold says:

    – Knowing I worked hard to change the direction of my family tree, the very thing my momma did while she was alive. She died at the age of 28 and when I put flowers on her grave this weekend, it has been 42 years since she died and I felt her telling me how Proud she is of me. Happiness is Making A Difference That Counts even if I am Dancing In The Storms.

  34. 34
    Tatia Cook says:

    Happiness is…

    the taste of ripe strawberries

    blue skies of any kind

    the sound (and sight!) of my 3 teenagers laughing so hard at each other that they cry and spit stuff out of their mouths and noses! 🙂 What a blessing!

    the wagging of my Boston Terrier’s teeny tiny tail

    the gift of my man’s UNDIVIDED attention (very rare)

    finding a York Peppermint Patty when I think they’ve all been eaten (and I’m a little ticked about it – just keeping it real!)

    waking each day KNOWING to the depths of my soul that my God is Good, He is for me, and He is in control!

  35. 35
    Barbara says:

    Memorizing James 1-4 and knowing I only have one more chapter to go!!

  36. 36
    Vicki C says:

    Happiness is…
    Having your 2-year-old granddaughter hold Mimi’s face between her little hands to give you a wet kiss…just because! Heart melts!!!!

  37. 37
    Lisa Curtis says:

    Happiness is

    Any time my 20 year old son comes home and says, “come sit down with me mama.”

    Holding my newborn granddaughter, Zetta Mae

    Hearing my 2 year old grandson say “Eesie’s housf” and “hold me”

    Just staring at my Christmas tree at night with my cup of bedtime tea

  38. 38
    Rosa says:

    Happiness is…
    The smell of the air after it rains on a hot day.
    Warm chocolate chips cookies
    Being an aunt to many.
    Seeing a 9 year old thrilled play in a large box.
    Watching an older couple still hold hands.
    Christmas music and movies

  39. 39
    Lisa Lucas says:

    Happiness is…
    Singing an uplifting song that touches my heart.
    Watching a show that makes you laugh out loud.
    Receiving a surprising phone call or email that you know God sent.
    Making something that turns out just great.
    Giving your time and it helps someone and no one knows its you.
    Trusting in the Lord and knowing He has your back.
    Spending time with a friend on the spur of the moment.
    Seeing the children that you love with all your heart and seeing their faces smile when they see you.
    Getting on the scale and seeing a loss.
    Sweating (a lot) during and after a workout.
    Finding a savings for yourself and sharing the deal with others.

  40. 40
    Annette Greenwood says:

    Happiness is a huge cup of coffee after a long, long day at the office! 🙂


  41. 41
    Sally Denton says:

    Happiness is…
    any moments with Jesus
    a Beacon diet Dr. Pepper
    a kiss from my husband before school
    a whitty response from my oldest son
    truth from my middle son
    a smile or hug or tap on the shoulder or encourageing word from my youngest.
    a fire in the fireplace
    praise music
    my middle son’s girlfriend visiting
    any moments with family

  42. 42
    Deidra Lowery says:

    Happiness is hearing children at play, finally getting to spend time with friends, sipping coffee in my swing, hearing stories from my teenaged granddaughters.

  43. 43
    LeeNJ says:

    A brand new, unused box of Crayola crayons!

  44. 44
    Karen E says:

    Happiness is: getting out of class early and having a spontaneous ice cream get-together with a friend!

  45. 45

    Happiness is reuniting with family and talking over top of each other but yet hearing what each other is saying and responding to all!
    Happiness is long chats late into the evening with my children.
    Happiness is fresh fallen snow laying heavily on tree branches.
    Happiness is hearing my children sing and play their instruments all to give Jesus praise, and because this is what my husband prayed for when he agreed to sign them up for music lessons!

  46. 46
    LPM Kimberly says:

    Happiness is…..

    Cold rainy day where a wonderful kind of soup is being created, to enjoy with great crusty bread, and family.

    Early morning hot cup of coffee(and its incredible smell), your bible, and a great bible study

    Walking with your favorite boxer in the cool of the evenings

    Going to lunch with your coworkers and laughing til your face hurts…

  47. 47
    Dawn says:

    Happiness is the smell and sound of rain in drought.
    Happiness is the laughter of a child.
    Happiness is a gentle, kind and knowledgeable medical provider when you need it.
    Happiness is a hug when you need it.
    Happiness is beautiful music.
    Happiness is finding what you lost.
    Happiness is giving.
    Happiness is time with those you love.

  48. 48
    April Jones says:

    Happiness is my daughter and my “I love you” game –

    ME: I love you, Arden.
    Arden: I love YOU, Mommy.
    ME: I love you more
    Arden: I love YOU more
    ME: I love you the MOST
    Arden (at the top of her lungs): I LOVE YOU THE MOST!

    That 2 year old can melt my heart pretty much every second!

    • 48.1
      MOlly says:

      I have a friend who plays something like this with her daughter, and she says..
      ‘how can you love me most, I knew you first.’
      ‘because God and me picked you out.’


  49. 49
    Vicki says:

    Happiness… is hearing your teenager sing praises to the King, standing beside you – the joy of worshipping with your child.

  50. 50
    Judy says:

    Happiness is giving thanks in 2012 for 1000+ gifts in the everyday moments of life … like “jam on toast.”

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