Musings of a Marfan Mom

Project Smile


When was the last time you made a list of things that make you smile? For me, it’s been almost two years. I used to do a list of “Happy Thoughts” pretty regularly here, but then I graduated, had a baby, moved across the country, yada yada yada, and it feel to the wayside.

Last night, I heard about Project Smile from my friend Kristi. Project Smile is a monthly meme run by Alicia of the blog A Beautiful Mess: Project Alicia. It’s easy to participate…you just write a blog post about things that make you smile and then link up. This month’s linky is open until Wed. Oct. 6th.

Things That Make Me Smile

Fall: It’s the season for pumpkin patches and apple cider and Halloween costumes and hay rides and corn mazes and, if I still lived in Ohio, the leaves turning colors. I love this time of year, and it’s going to be so fun watching the Menininho enjoying it too!

My husband: He is so excited to be “actually winning games” on the platinum level of Starcraft 2. I think he’s ranked like 7,000 out of over 1 million players right now or something. I don’t understand the game at all, but it’s important to him and so it makes me happy.

Christmas shopping: With a baby due in 10 weeks, I can’t afford to put off Christmas shopping till Thanksgiving like I usually do. I LOVE Christmas shopping for family and friends and I’m really excited about a couple of things I’ve picked out for my boys.

The Menininho’s kisses: Now, you have to understand some background with this. Back when M. was developing normally, he learned to give kisses…big, sloppy, baby kisses where it was like he was eating your cheek right off your face. And then, at about 11 months of age, he stopped kissing, just as he stopped learning new sounds, stopped clapping, stopped waving…stopped his verbal and social development. In the past week or two he’s learned to kiss again (he’s almost 20 months). It’s a little weird b/c he doesn’t make eye contact or express any emotion when he does it, but from time to time he’ll grab both my cheeks in his hands, pull my face, and plant a little toddler kiss right on my lips. It’s a miracle. I didn’t think I’d be getting kisses from him again, at least not for any time soon. If that’s not a reason to smile, I don’t know what is.

So now it’s your turn: what brings a smile to your lips?

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  1. So glad you are joining us. What a wonderful list. It seems all too easy to forget these beautiful things in our lives. I also love fall, everything about it. And we are just starting to see the changing colors. And your last one made me teary eyed. What a special gift. Thanks for giving me reason to smile this morning. Have a good one.


  2. Haha! I LOVE reading about those special little toddler kisses. What a TREASURE! And congrats on the pregnancy! I didn’t know you were expecting.
    Thanks for the blog hop link up, always a pleasure to stop by here!


    -CK Reply:

    PS We have a giveaway this week and its really cute. You should check it out and see if its something that’s interesting to you 😉


  3. Love your list of happy things :-)

    It’s so hard to watch your toddler distance themselves from you –even a little bit — and as the mom of an autistic 4-year-old, I witnessed that distancing of emotion with my son. But I will say this: It came back. He’s connecting more and more — or I should say, showing his connection (I don’t think the emotion ever left) — every day. And it sounds like your little guy is on a similar path, especially if he’s still wanting physical connection.

    Glad to have connected through SITS with another spring chicken :-) Look forward to getting to know you better!

    Latest post: “Finding a Balance with Autism Therapy”


  4. Hi fellow spring chicken! How funny that you came across my blog just last week and now we’re in the same Spring Chicken tribe!

    I’m sure we’re all going to learn a lot from each other over the next 2 weeks! I can’t wait!


  5. You’re last item made me smile too. My son also seemed to have finally learned to kiss, and will kiss my hand. He has the funniest little pucker, like he can’t quite figure out what to do, but he’s really trying. It’s precious.

    Looking forward to reading more from a fellow Spring Chicken!


  6. OH!!! I know whatcha mean about the kisses! 😉 My little K stopped kissing about the same time- and started back up around the same time. it was unemotional at first, but not anymore. He sees how happy it makes me, and it makes him happy to do it! I always say these are the moments I STOLE BACK from autism!


  7. Oh this is an incredible and poignant list of smiles–and they make me smile too!


  8. This is such a great idea! I keep a list of things I am thankful for. I try to remember everyday what I love and am thankful for.

    I am so with you on Fall! I absolutely love fall here in CT.


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