BE June Challenge Day 5: What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

I figure that today, the best way to show you the 5 things that make me happiest right now, is to actually show you! So I am going to do a photo post today rather than a proper blog post! Sometimes a picture can say so much more than words!

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de662d1ea050056d0d59a596bf55d364My husband makes me happy. We have been through a lot together and I think we came out of it stronger than ever. We have been together for about 12 years and married for 3 years. It is a complete cliche, but I truly believe that he is my soul mate. He is the one special person that I want to annoy for the rest of my life! We are both flawed and we fight like cat and dog, but there is never any question of giving up. We know that we can do it if we stick together.

10151403_10202695649885684_127942063806882234_nMy son Christopher is my heart and my soul. He is now 14 years old and life with him hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been worth it. I look at him sometimes and wonder where my little baby went because all I can see is the man that he is becoming and I could not be prouder. Sure we have tantrums and arguments and times when he is the most selfish person I know, but that is just part of parenting a teenager! When I look at the other parts it makes all of that pale into insignificance. He is kind. He is loyal. He is smart. He is athletic. I love that he cries when we watch sad movies and that he would stand up and fight for someone weaker than him. I never expected to want a child, but I know that he was meant for me. I never expected to love him as much as I do. His smile melts my heart. If I leave just one legacy behind it will be my son!

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My family makes me happy. My mum and my 3 older sisters who are pictured here, but also my extended family. They all have something to offer in their own special way. No matter how far we seem to scatter across the country they are always in my heart and on my mind.

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Why is it that animals can make you feel so good? My boy Rogue will always be my baby. I love his little smiley face. I love his clumsy big paws. I love is chubby little belly. He is a German Shepard-Staffordshire Terrier cross and we have had him since he was just 8 weeks old. He is the only dog I know who loves to be hugged – properly hugged. We are talking arms around each other and squeezing tight. Every morning when the alarm clock goes off he crawls into bed between my husband and I for ‘morning huggles’. Every Saturday he throws his harness at my husband to tell him that it is time to walk in the woods. Every Sunday he whines non-stop until we take him to visit Granny! He nurses us when we are sick and would lay down his life for any one of us. I have loved all of my pets, but Rogue will always have a very special place in my heart. There is no other dog like him.

AI couldn’t have a list of what makes me happy without including my friends. This is Babs, my partner in crime, but there are other friends that should be included. Not just in real life, but also online. I’ve met so many special people online that I would include among my very best friends even although we have never actually met in person! I am actually a very shy person and I don’t find it very easy to make friends. I often come across as a bitch or a snob, but it is only because I hang back and take some time to observe people first before I open up to them. I choose my friends very carefully. I would rather be alone than with a friend I cannot trust. I think the great thing about my friends is that they are like me. We don’t need to talk every single day, we know where each other will be!

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