Nighttime tends to be a little bit tense these days. With a husband that's working his rump off (hard man work, too) a restless wife that's not getting nearly enough sleep (thank you Madeline. No really, thank you. You slept through the night last night for the first time in weeks!) and a baby who just popped her first tooth through today (hoo-rah!!!) bedtime seems to consist of a few too many snappy comments and cold shoulders.
You can imagine, then, how wonderfully rewarding it was to spend a whole half an hour before bed, just the thee of us, smiling, giggling, kissing, snuggling and enjoying some much needed time together. And in that moment I remember thinking, "This is what happiness feels like." At the time I secretly wished we could spend every moment of every day like that. But as I look back I realize that it was special because it wasn't part of each day. I'm grateful to our Heavenly Father for seeing fit to bless us with trials and hard times so that the happy times are that much sweeter.