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I absolutely love the first few minutes of the morning. The head of my bed is on the west wall and a window is on the east wall. Often I will wake with sun streaming in through the window. The light dances across my blankets, warms my face and fills my closed eyes with images of the day’s potential.

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I lay there. Silent. Still. The sound of birds singing their joyful morning song fills my ears and lightens my heart. Before I recite the list of things to do and the tasks to accomplish, I say a prayer of thanks for the day. I say a prayer of thanks for the blessings that I have and the blessings I have not yet received. It’s a new day… the beginning of a day that I will never live again. It may echo familiarity of chores that need to be completed or routines that need to be followed, but it still is a new day. A fresh start. A new beginning.
 
Then I hear the chatters of my baby girl. 
 
“Maa, maa, ma.”
 
“Daa, daa, da.”
 
*Giggles*
 
“Baa, baa, ba.”
 
I smile and open my eyes. I wiggle my toes and squeeze them tight, then wiggle them again. 
 
I hear the door to my bedroom open and I see my four-year-old standing at the threshold. She smiles while holding her toy bunny to her face.
 
I smile back at her as I sit up and stretch the sleep out of my body.
 
I am filled by expectant anticipation.
 
I am energized by life.
 
I am motivated by the fact that this day can be anything I want it to be.
 
Today I am alive. Today I am blessed. Today is special. Today….
 
A special thank you to Sofia from Sofia’s Ideas for providing the wonderful opportunity to participate in this blog posting link-up.
Photo Credit
Photo by my four-year-old daughter: Princess Shutterbug  
    
Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.