little reminders

I used to consume myself by worrying about big things–things that are really beyond my control.

I worry about what we will do if one of our cars dies, or how we will find money to put in Eddie’s college fund, or what we would do if we accidentally got pregnant.  How would we pay for another baby?

I have concerns with the state of education in the state of Michigan…actually in the United States.

I worry about cancer and strokes and Alzheimers and diabetes and chronic pain and depression and anxiety.

Big stuff.

I have deadlines.

We have a crazy schedule that doesn’t allow for much family time.

Both of us have To Do lists and agendas on our computers, on our calendar, in our planners, in our minds.

This week my therapist asked me where in my day do I find my joy?

I told her it’s in the little things.

Specifically? the little person who lives in my house.

there is evidence everywhere of this little man.

there is miniature versions of big stuff throughout the house….small reminders of something big.

tiny reminders that we make things work. even the big stuff.

Cort and I were talking about how we seem to live in a perpetual state of “if we can just make it through “x”, hopefully we will finally be able to “y”.

We seem to always be “getting through” something.

But daily we are reminded of the tiny big thing that we have in our lives right now.

a small little someone who makes all the big worries melt away.

a little someone who wants to do big things…like his mom and dad.

who watches what we do and how we handle our worries.

Cort and I have always found joy and peace with each other.  We have clung to each other in times of doubt and pain.

But since this little fellow came into our life?  Those worries don’t invade as many of our thoughts…they don’t steal as much of our time.

We find joy and peace in each other and in loving our little man.

In a big way.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I love this! It’s my New Years’ resolution to find joy in the small things and you have illustrated it beautifully.

  2. Tim@sogeshirts says

    That is awesome. I love how his presence can erase so many of the worries, fears, and doubts that you and your husband have. He is lucky to have such loving parents and you are lucky to have him. Can’t wait to read the theme of a Pearl Jam song post.

  3. Thank you, I need a reminder now and then.
    The little things.

    A grandson.
    A granddaughter.
    The daughter.
    Husband, siblings and friends.
    Cats in my lap. A dog at my feet.

    And all my wonderful Internet tweeps, and bloggy peeps

    Love to all

  4. Love this!

  5. I have that worrying problem as well. I try to focus on the positive, aka: “Hey, it hasn’t happened yet! We’re good here.” And I know that if something bad happens, I’ll get through it.

    (BTW, thanks for commenting on my blog. I really like yours.)

  6. Absolutely fantastic post. Beautifully illustrated with the photos too. Good reminder 🙂

  7. I love this! It’s something that I need reminders of because I seem to forget too often.

  8. “small reminders of something big” – you have engrained these five words into my brain and onto my heart. It reminds me of the three little people I would die for and that no matter how big the big things seem, the small things remind me of how big my life is because of them.

    Thank you.

  9. Oh how I love this! So beautiful. And the pictures are just perfect!

  10. love the new look and this post.

  11. I LOVE this!

    I love that all the little things are reminders of something big. That is beautiful.

    I need to stop and remember my own little blessing when my husband and I are in the midst of “getting through” something (because that so resonates with me and my life right now)

  12. I love the little reminders, Katie! We have toys and books strewn all about our living room and sometimes, I’m overwhelmed with the stuff. But they’re all a reminder that there’s a little guy who finds great joy in BEING. The kind of joy I hope to find.

  13. I so needed this reminder about the little things in life. Thank you, dear friend.

  14. I really loved this post. For so many reasons…my one little person and slowly increased to 4 little persons and they are the little guys who make all the other stuff in this life worthwhile. From the giggle of my 2 year old when I chase him to his room, to the random hug of my 12 year old who is desperatly trying to grow up. Their little fingerprints that cover every part of my world are evidence that THEY are what matter at the end of the day.

  15. i love how life has changed, don’t you?

  16. This could not be more true. The perfect reminder for a Monday.

  17. I love this! And the pictures are precious…especially the little-guy laptop next to the big computer!

  18. This? Perfect. Simply perfect.
    Our little men make big changes.
    And they’re always for the better.


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