Happy List! {by Jessica W}

Friday, May 15, 2015


I say this every week, but this happy list made me so happy. My friend (and neighbor when my family moved to the U.S.) Jessica is so patient, generous and was a mentor to me in high school. I watched her closely and joined clubs and teams she did. She gave me rides to school every day until she graduated. She (poor, poor girl) gave me grammar lessons during one summer because (I'm sure) she was tired of editing my papers. A few years ago I was a bridesmaid in Jessica's wedding. She was my first friend to get married, and it all felt so nuts. And now she's my first friend with a baby, and I can't believe it! We're growing up. Gregory is such a lucky boy. My grammar is still terrible. 

10 things that are making Jessica smile as of late:

1. My 4-month-old son, Gregory. He is the calmest, sweetest, best baby I've ever met, and I feel super, super blessed that I get to be his mama. 
2. My husband, Mike, who is both a wonderful partner and an amazing father. After more than 10 years together, I still find more reasons to love him every day. 
3. Living in Portland. I spent too many years in the Midwest and am finally back home in the PNW. 
4. My recent promotion to a job I am super excited about. 
5. The fact that my replacement for my old job starts work next week, so I won't have to do two jobs anymore! The last month and a half has been insanity. 
6. "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." Paring down our belongings to only what we use and love has been even more rewarding than I expected. 
7. Audiobooks. Gregory and I already have listened to a dozen classic children's books together while he has his bottles, and the narrators have way more energy than I would have reading the same book to him! 
8. The amazing community we're part of on the campus where we live. 
9. Really freaking good Portland cuisine. 
10. Seeing so many longtime friends grow in their own joy through weddings or babies!

Thank you for sharing, Jessica! 

Check out more happy lists here and email your list to ladan.nikravan{at}gmail.com if you'd like to participate. Have a great weekend! xo

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