Every Friday, the Little Bliss List provides a chance for us to celebrate the little things that brought us hope and happiness this week. I do believe when we focus on the sweet stuff of life, the sweet stuff multiplies. And by sharing those small gifts in our lives, we help others notice the gifts in theirs. 

This week, oddly enough, is flanked by two trips to Chicago. I told you about last weekend’s adventues – and tomorrow we head back to the Windy City for a family vacation. Cramming my “normal” life in between – kids, work, activities – has been a real challenge, but there’s been plenty of bliss mixed in there…like this:

1) Sunday brunch with Brad is actually becoming a regular occurrence. Wow! We tried another new place and enjoyed some quiet talk time, then walked over to Starbucks for even more. So lovely.

2) I haven’t even had a chance to share about the blogging summit I attended last weekend! I hung out with some great people and left Chicago with some new friends – like Beki from The Rusted Chain {pictured at left}. A takeaway I totally hadn’t expected. Yay!

3) This may sound ridunkulous, but I’m a total Bachelorette junkie. So, the season finale was totally fun for me to watch. Like, I couldn’t focus on anything else. I’d wanted Emily to choose Jef for a while and now I want them to live happily ever after. I know, I know. So cheesy. But so true.

4) I spent a big chunk of time this week on conference calls with teens and youth advocates about how they’re leveraging their sparks to light up the world. Those kinds of conversations just make my heart sing!

5) One evening, Brad, Ryder and I hung out in the basement giggling nonstop about silly stuff. Love laughing till my tummy hurts!

Hmm…I realize all of the points on my bliss list are about cherishing and building connections. Cool! Wanna take a closer look at what brought YOU joy this week? Share in the comment section or via your own blog – and please visit others who post their bliss here {just click on their photos below}! You can participate in the link party below through Sunday at midnight central.

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