Shiny, Happy Thingies


A list of recent gifts in my life for which I offer gratitude.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

  • Blogging outside on my patio, with Indi crawling around
  • My baby’s chubby, pudgy, silky arms and legs
  • Clean countertops, smelling vaguely of tea tree oil
  • A delectably long, steamy shower after attending a middle of the night birth
  • Empowering, sacred natural births in hospitals
  • An Eskimo kissing session with Kaia that turned into gleeful laughter
  • My daughters’ scrunchy eyes
  • Indigo saying “bird” (“Ba!!”) while signing it
  • The saffron blossoms of an ocotillo in my backyard
  • My silicone pot holder
  • The Clary Sage and Lavendar salve MB made me (which is rubbed on my hands prior to births)
  • My inexpensive turquoise ring
  • Breastmilk
  • Small, email love notes from my midwife/friend/soul-being Marinah
  • My propensity for gliding into a full squat with ease
  • My custom-made leather wallet and jewelry (courtesy of a friend of a friend who I had the good fortune of meeting recently)
  • My Sweet Lullaby (by Deep Forest) ringtone for doula clients; the only I’ve ever purchased
  • Stretching limbs deeply and slowly in the morning while still in bed
  • An unexpected dollar bill in my wallet
  • Kaia’s lyrical talent and mostly in-tune voice in the backseat of the minivan
  • The low, primal moans and chants of labor…the quiet, still breathing of labor…the trance-like state of a woman in labor
  • My mom finding a stash of jewelry in the garage that I’d been searching a year for, along with my beloved Jennifer Berezen CD
  • Shelves we finally put up in our office to organize my doula business materials
  • Indi’s fine hair blowing the in the breeze as she swings
  • That I have enough clothes – and resources to wash them – so that it doesn’t matter when Indi rubs her sweet-potato encrusted smile against my freshly laundered tank top
  • That Kaia goes down so easily for naps (most of the time)
  • A day recently in which both girls took two nice naps
  • B12 vitamins and Rescue Remedy
  • A small stash of Kate’s Magik essential oils, introduced to me by my dear friend Janis in the form of a True Abundance blend
  • Energy that comes to me in the form of visions of beauty, birth, and metamorphosis; these visions swirl in my head as I prepare to sleep
  • My dear friend’s clean and airy home, which she opens with love to anyone, anytime. Her home is a respite on crazy days and so is her superwoman attitude.
  • My bamboo wooden stirring spoons
  • A full tank of gas and a recent oil change
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Boundaries; and the courage to topple them when necessary
  • A tall glass of OJ in the morning and at midnight
  • Intuition; of the heart, spirit, and body
  • Realizing some new prenatal vitamins (I still take while nursing) were the cause of my nightly belly aches and general ickiness
  • The selective moments when releasing mothering guilt comes easily
  • Synchronicity
  • Google maps
  • Text messaging
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Hearing Kaia say “Please, thank you, and you’re welcome” unprompted
  • Unexpected kindness of strangers
  • Salty French fries
  • Reveling in Kate’s serene and slightly-smiling voice on her message
  • Freshly vacuumed carpet
  • A dye-job that has lasted 7 months and a haircut that miraculously shows it off
  • The cooing of doves
  • Photos of MB and her babies
  • Accepting a doula client saying “We couldn’t have done it without you” even though you know they totally could have
  • The recent color-burst of sunshine yellow “weeds” along the AZ highways and washes
  • Mini-cupcakes, just out of the oven
  • The intentional and perfect rhythm of life that always remains, despite my wavering ability to notice it.
  • Realizing how easily gratitude comes when its in the form of a list
  • Enough battery life on my laptop to finish this post wirelessly on my patio

10 Comments Add yours

  1. this made me feel so cheery, just as if you were here… xo

  2. I love love love that picture!

  3. Chelsea says:

    Oh – this made me so happy to read this and see this lovely photo of you and your girls (or as Rosie would say “goils”). I am longing for green grass and nice weather – I wish we lived close to you so we could hang out… You reminded me that I need to start working on Sam and teaching him signs so he can stop with the high pitched screaming (oh god the screaming)…
    Much, much love to you all…

    p.s – soooooo jealous that you have an easy napper

  4. Joanna says:

    You are always happy. Everyone should be lucky to know you (or read you) :). XO

  5. Amber says:


    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blog, but I love it. You and Mary Beth are so uplifting. Not to in any way ruin your love for Sweet Lullaby (it’s a beautful song), but have you ever come across this:

    The story of Sweet Lullaby is pretty incredible. Anyway, I think it’s great that Deep Forest actually put this up on their official site.

    Keep being you,

  6. New Mama says:

    You are so awesome, Leigh. Love the photo.

  7. Kate says:

    Hey Sis,

    I love you, and I miss you!

  8. AwakeMomma says:

    Great post Leigh! And you should add – green green grass. (I’m green with envy as ours has not yet arrived). Sweet pic.

  9. what a fabulous list and wonderful quote. i love this picture of you and your girls too. perfect! 🙂

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