Each month (in an ideal world) I look back through the photos that I took on my phone and I’m reminded of all the little moments that took place. Those moments that made you smile. Or maybe even those moments that irritated you, but you can look back on them and see that you got through it; they’re over and behind you and they seem like they happened so long ago. For some, they might even be the moments that bring joy in a dark period. Some of them might be part of a bigger memory, and some of them may have been forgotten. But they’re beautiful moments… they show the beauty of every day life.

So instead of looking for the best of the best photos for a grand post, I want to share all those moments. Some of the photos are a little blurry–quick snaps as I went about my day. I didn’t edit out Mina’s eye goop in a few. They’re real life.

In July and August, the little moments looked like…

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…an escape room outing with the young adult group at the church I work for. We finished the room with 18 minutes left on the clock in the second hardest room. The owner was more excited than we were and gave us a tour of the rest of the rooms.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a quiet moment in the sanctuary when I stopped in to grab a photo of the light on the pews and saw this.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…my first time at First Ave. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get to such an iconic spot in Minneapolis, but I finally saw Prince’s star in person!

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…for Livin’ La Vida ’90’s! Dancing to ’90’s music all night is the best. Highly recommend.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

… a water leak in the closet that was definitely more frustrating than anything else at the time.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…but the area that no longer has carpet can be covered in rugs and was scheduled to be replaced soon enough anyway.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a visit to a cute, older for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…with ice cream afterward.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a day when a carrot was rejected.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a chance to hang out with my friend and her baby.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…with a smoothie and an inspiring new mantra the next day.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a visit from an old friend.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…and the chance to meet a new one. We’re BFFs now.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…celebrating my nephew’s birthday.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a visit downtown to see the new Nicollet Mall.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…and attend Facebook Community Boost.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…and a chance to see this gorgeous view of the Foshay Tower.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…Little One makes every day special.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…I mean…

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…my niece’s request for an English breakfast during our Harry Potter movie marathon weekend.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…if you’re wondering what mornings with Mina look like, this is it.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…she hurt her paw that weekend, but it healed fast.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a birthday cake for Harry Potter’s birthday.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…and watching my niece fangirl over the movies. Also seeing her use the blankets I bought specifically because she loves to wrap herself up in blankets while watching TV.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…need I saw more about this one?

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…we tried out a Butterbeer recipe.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…and a pumpkin juice recipe.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a frosty mocha at one of my favorite coffeeshops with the roommate.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…dinner, movie, and appetizers after to wait out the rain with friends.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…this guy. 💙

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…helping a friend with her meal swap. It was supposed to be quick, but still took a few hours.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…she’s the best.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…my hibiscus is blooming and beautiful.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…an extended family dinner as we celebrated the life of my aunt and mourned her death.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…wine and Wisconsin cheese with my family. We had a few hours with just my siblings, my parents, and me. That doesn’t happen very often.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…Mina resting her head on the table is always adorable.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a turkey feather found in the basil.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…a moment of being “carried.” Earlier that week I read this Instagram post from Audrey Assad about being carried by God and if it’s actually a thing and, if it is, what it looks like. It’s something I really identified with. In it, she talked about the moments she feels carried and after I read the post I experienced two moments where I felt carried. This was the second. Both involved rain.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…I take pictures of every bloom… and most of them end up on my Insta stories.

 

Take a minute to reflect on the little moments from the month: those moments that made you smile, those beautiful moments of ordinary life. // dreams-etc.com

…weekly goal setting with my roommate.

 

What were your little moments from the last few months?

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