A few days ago we set out for a little blackberry picking. I adore blackberries and love the fact that they grow all along the treeline in our backyard and all along the dirt road that hugs the fields. I gathered Rosser’s little spongebob bucket and we went to work. I picked blackberries and Rosser and Mason ran and played along the dirt road checking out ant hills, sticks and rocks.

I stopped for a moment to snap a quick picture of them. They had no idea I was behind them. They were so pure and natural. Two little boys; two brothers; so much love.

There is something about those two little boys that makes my heart dive and twist. They are amazing and smart and funny and so very cute. Rosser has the tiniest little freckles that have just started appearing on his cheeks this summer. Mason’s voice is blooming every day, learning and mimicking. They are young and raw and so honest.

I love them, I love them, I love them. I absolutely love everything about them.

Seeing my two little boys heading up the dirt road, hand in hand, made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. I am so thankful I had my camera.

I tucked my camera away and continued to navigate through the thorns of the blackberry bushes, but my mind was still on those two little boys running around in the fields…

I am so very blessed to have them in my life.

I am so thankful to them for showing me what life really is about. These two little boys, one who is learning to tie his own shoe and the other who works so hard to make a full sentence, have taught me so much. I am constantly seeing the world through little eyes; something I had long forgotten how to do.

They have taught me that pure love, appreciation and acceptance are the most valuable things to achieve and have in life.

If you can honestly give those three things to people in your life and if they are honestly given to you… joy will be all around you.

If you can honestly give those three things to your passions and work in life… you will prosper.

If you can honestly give those three things to yourself… you will be healthy, strong and secure.

I beg of you to practice more love, appreciation and acceptance in your life. Apply it to everything you are passionate about.

Show your partner everyday that you love, appreciate and accept them. Tell your children every waking minute how much they mean to you and how much you love every little silly thing they do. Tell them you accept them for the amazing little wonders that they are. Call your parents and tell them how much you appreciate everything they have done for you. Go to work with a passion in your heart that flows out to everyone you work with. Tell a stranger how much you appreciate their patience the next time you are waiting in line together, tell them that it has made your wait much easier. Tell a calm young mom how much you love the way she talks to her children and how much you appreciate what she is doing for future generations. Show everyone that you have love in your heart. Love, appreciate and accept yourself.

You have no idea how your words of love, appreciation and acceptance will affect someone in their life. Mountains can be moved, passions can be realized.

It will move full circle, affecting so many other people.

Wow, all of that from one little snapshot of my boys… they sure do inspire me.

I love you, I appreciate you, I accept you.