These are a few of my favorite things…

~lilacs ~eucalyptus~coffee~Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry and The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir, both by Katrina Kenison ~ Gladys Taber ~ Amy Carmichael ~ L.M.Montgomery ~ C.S. Lewis ~ Jane Austen, specifically Persuasion ~ chocolate~ donuts ~ country walks in spring and autumn ~ tulips ~ roses~ grilled chicken ~ spicy food~ babies and two year olds ~ sunrises and sunsets ~ moon and stars~ floral prints ~England ~ The Holy Bible ~ Emily Dickinson ~ old wood ~ trees, especially willow ~ quilts ~ reading ~ garden gates ~ quaintness~ charm ~ Babette’s Feast ~ You’ve Got Mail ~ While You Were Sleeping ~ journals ~ pens~ writing~ the moment right after birth, when they hand your baby ~ candles, especially tapers ~ cardigans ~ Bequest of Wings: A Family’s Pleasure with Books by Annis Duff ~ Charlotte Mason’s six volume set of books on education ~ streams ~rain~ photography ~fine china ~thrift stores ~travel ~home ~Susan Branch, check out A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Country Side ~ Elizabeth Goudge, specifically A Pilgrim’s Inn ~ Yorkshire Gold ~ Peter Pan collars ~ Oxford shoes ~ TOMS ~ ballet flats ~Edith Schaeffer ~For The Family’s Sake by Susan Schaffer Macaulay ~ A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola ~ Loreena McKennitt ~ folk music~ hymns, especially “Come Thou Fount” ~ skirts ~ jeans ~ Converse Allstars ~ cat-eyed glasses ~ pearls ~ copper ~ washi tape ~ real letters in the post ~ country roads ~ fields ~ fens~ hedgerows and dry stack slate walls ~ baby animals ~ bird watching ~ Bess Streeter Aldrich ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull ~ twinkle lights ~ bunting ~ scones ~ maps ~ children’s book illustrations ~ vintage books ~ old book smell ~ Sally Clarkson ~ fireplaces and woodstoves ~ scarves ~ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by Yeats ~ English and Irish cottages ~ stone pathways ~ tea kettles ~ children laughing ~ Anna and the King ~The Sound of Music ~ The Magic of Ordinary Days ~ BBC’s North and South ~ J.R.R. Tolkien ~ coffee shops ~ porches ~ poetry ~ pretty postage stamps ~ seed catalogs ~ barn swallows ~ Canon cameras ~ old-fashioned hurricane lamps ~ wax seals ~ quill & ink ~ photographs ~ sound of water ~hot showers ~ The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason by Laurie Bestvater ~ Where the Blacktop Ends ~ Journey-and-Destination ~ Sage Parnassus ~ Joyous Lessons ~ Christa Parrish ~ fells ~ stained glass – words ~ Mary Oliver ~ August Derleth ~ William Wordsworth ~ light flickering through tree leaves ~ smell after the rain ~ Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner ~ long walks ~ mud squishing under my toes ~ my baby boy’s brown eyes ~ The Forgotten Garden and The Lake House by Kate Morton ~ Charles Martin ~ summer read alouds with the children ~ Thomas Hardy ~ wagon-wheel tables ~ lace tablecloths ~ Cedar Waxwings ~ super hero capes on my 5 yo daughter ~ sparkly toenails ~ geraniums ~ homemade brownies by my 14 yo daughter ~ embroidery ~ bridal showers ~ cabin days