These are a few of my favorite things

My friend and BlogHer buddy, Michele, tagged me for a fun little meme.  I haven’t done one of these in a while but I enjoy talking about what makes me happy.  I am so blessed.  So, to steal @scrappinmichele’s tagline, here is a window to my digital soul.

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Coffee.  Black, flavored, iced, steaming hot.  I am not hard to please as long as I get me some coffee.
  2. A good book.  I love a book that grabs me in the first paragraph and keeps my attention to the very end.  Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite fiction authors.  I enjoy non-fiction books that make me think and examine myself as well.
  3. Riding on the back of my hubby’s Harley. Although I never thought this would be true, I have come to love our time on the motorcycle.  There is something so romantic about being on the open road, seeing the beautiful creation God has provided us with, all while having my arms around the chest of my studly man. 
  4. Technology. I honestly don’t know if I would still be sane if I hadn’t had the ability to vent on a blog, make friends via Twitter and connect with the outside world since my MS diagnosis in early ’08.  The internet has introduced me to some of my dearest friends and continues to be  a source of encouragement daily.
  5. {Fur} Babies. Miles, my chihuahua and Chloe, my mini schnauzer are truly my babies.  They curl up with me when I take a nap.  Miles has even licked away my tears when I am having a bad day.  They are always excited to see me when I have been away and love to play.  I truly believe God created pets for our enjoyment and mine make me smile several hundred times a day.
  6. Pigs.  Okay, don’t think me crazy but I have an affinity for pigs.  I have (according to my grandmother) since I was a toddler.  I collected pig knick knacks for years and just love to see piglets.  We camped in Lancaster, PA last weekend and the highlight of my trip was a petting zoo with piglets.  I guess that explains why my favorite color is pink?
  7. Travel.  I love to travel- anywhere, anytime.  From camping to staying at an awesome resort to a family cruise, I am a travel-a-holic. I love to see, explore, learn and go.  The only requirement is air conditioning 😉
  8. Writing.  Writing is so therapeutic for me.  Whether it is writing articles, blogging or putting pen to paper in my journal, writing is my outlet.  What I write is not always happy, but writing makes me happy, if that makes any sense at all.
  9. Serving.  Acts of Service is my primary love language so it is also how I tend to demonstrate love to others.  The volunteer work that I do and the ministries I support are so important to me. I find tremendous joy in showing love to others, especially those that feel like they don’t deserve it. 
  10. My family.  And this includes my close friends as well. I am incredibly blessed to have special people in my life that love me despite my faults, allow me to be myself and encourage me as I allow the Lord to grow me.  I am married to the man God designed for me and have the privilege of parenting three unique young men.  Time spent with my family is my absolute favorite thing.

What are some things that make you happy?  Have you counted your blessings lately?

In the spirit of this meme, I tag the following and challenge them to name the top ten things that make them happy:

@TeriLynneU, @MutheringHeights and @feelslikehome.

This post is linked to Finer Things Friday.


  1. Okay, I'm in! Will do it this weekend or early next week!! 🙂

  2. I LOVED learning new things about you, Melissa! 🙂 What fun! Perhaps we can share a cup of coffee together sometime!! Have a blessed weekend!!
    Cindy 🙂

  3. Julie Jabbers says:

    I love a good book that grabs you on the first page too! My husband, kids (when there getting along) & my sweet 3yr old golden retriever fill my heart with joy. Music, Dark chocolate and time out with a good friend makes for a great day:)

  4. {Fur} Babies ! so cute. mine are driving me a little nuts right now. barking too much! will be a long summer


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