400 Words About Things I Love

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Piper smiles.

Inspired recently by this post via Amy Oscar and this post via Schmutzie featured at Aiming Low, I decided I had to do my own version.
I love Piper smiles, and the way she nuzzles into my neck. I love toothless Izzy grins and Abby’s goofy expressions. I love Izzy’s sensitivity and Abby’s use of big words.
I love books. Writing with pens with pink and purple ink. I love pasta drizzled with olive oil and good Parmesan cheese. The smell of rain and the movie Shakespeare in Love, popcorn and brownies and crawling into a bed with sheets fresh from the dryer. I love going to sleep with the sounds of a thunderstorm in the background. I love hugs and good friends who leave me post-it notes all over my house. Friends who make me dinner, bring me wine and treats, and listen to me cry on the phone. Friends who tell me it’s going to be okay because they’ve been there. And friends who just listen even if they don’t know what to say.
Izzy is on the left, Abby is on the right

I love my smart, handsome husband and the way his aftershave smells. I love watching him play with our kids. I love it when he plays with my hair and folds me into his arms. I love the comfort he brings me.

I love Adele. Duran Duran. Madonna. I love singing along with my girls in the car.

I love animals. I love the way they speak with their eyes. I love the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet. Snow softly falling, blanketing everything in pure white. Trees whispering to one another in the wind. Clouds dancing in the sky, taking on familiar shapes in my imagination. Sunny, smiling Gerber daisies in small bunches. Pumpkin whoopie pies.

I love the way I feel after a good workout. I love breaking into a sweat, pushing my body to its limit. I love thinking and quiet and the way our dog snuggles against my leg in bed at night.

I love the glow of Hanukkah candles. I love Modigliani, Monet, Seurat. I love Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Judy Blume. I love words, playing with them, listening to them, crafting them into art.

I love writing without pressure or expectations. I love sharing good writing and writers with the world.

p.s. My new post is up at Aiming Low. Please go visit? It’s called, “I Used to Be Nobody, Who Are You?”

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  • http://twitter.com/schmutzie Schmutzie

    Sweet. I like this :)

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin

      Thank you very much, Schmutzie/Elan! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

  • http://twitter.com/Clutteredbrain Alexes Covington

    That is the most adorable smile on Piper…I too like the way snow blankets on the grass…everything BUT the roads of course….lol. I love the way you write and how much I relate with you when I read your posts….Hope you are doing well Erin! (I’ve missed the bloggy world…Im still here just dont get around that much to other blogs)

  • http://amyoscar.com Oscaramyr

    I love this post! And you. And that incredible smile on that beautiful baby – and those beautiful big sisters. I love that you inspired me to write 400 more words of my own. xxoo

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      Ooooh, you’re going to do more? Or maybe you already have and I need to go see when I have more time. I’m glad you inspired me. I’ve been remiss about blogging and have had no time and dealing w/ sooooo much. I might need an Amy call for a tune-up?

      Love you!

  • http://pamelahutchins.com Pamela

    Now that was 400 words that I love.  Nice post, Erin.  Piper is adorable, like her big sisters.  Tell them hi for me?

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin margolin

      I am a terrible friend. I’ve been so MIA for such a long time. I’m thrilled you stopped by to say hello. Hope you are having a  lovely holiday season!


  • http://www.theumbels.com Evonne

    I love this!  Such beautiful girls you have.  I still can’t get over how much hair Piper has!  I think you and I would get along quite well.  I love many of the same things.

  • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

    I love this idea! (I might have to try it someday)

    Piper smiles are amazing. Seriously, all three of your girls are beautiful. 

    Words and books and writing and so many of the other things you mentioned are things I love as well. 

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin margolin

      Thanks, Tracie!

      I’m glad we love lots of the same things! Great minds think alike! Thinking back to our chats about Blissdom and wondering how things are going. I’m sorry I  haven’t been around much. I hope you are doing alright. I think of you often, even if you don’t “see” me.


      • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

        The last couple of months have really kicked my butt – with my motherinlaw’s cancer situation and some other family stuff. I really haven’t been around much either. 

        BUT…I did check my mail and found a lovely picture of Piper in my box. Thank you SO MUCH. She is hanging up on our door, and I have to say that Katarina is completely in love with her (and asking several times a day why she doesn’t have a baby sister, yet)

  • http://www.babesrockinmami.com Stephanie

    Love this post and agree with many of these!  Piper is still gorgeous and the girls are getting so big and grown up.  I am always happy to see you pop up in my reader. :]

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      We got your Christmas card this week! LOVE IT and you—hope you are enjoying the holiday season and thanks for coming by to read!

  • http://www.postdivorcechronicles.com LeeBlock

    I love you.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      It’s mutual.


  • Anonymous

    Acckk who gave Izzy and Abby permission to grow up?? Piper is gorgeous and I still cannot get over all that hair. I miss you writing and get so happy to see when you have something up. I love this and ya’ll

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      We got your card this week! LOVE IT!
      p.s. I miss my writing, too. It’s hard. But I’m trying to get back into a groove and post here more often, even if it’s a random/short post….

      MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your fam!

  • Juliecgardner

    I love your heart.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      And I yours.

  • http://twonormalmoms.blogspot.com/ Ally

    What a sweet post! I wondered if Piper would keep her newborn hair or if it would fall out like it sometimes does. I love it. Love that big smile – what a sweetheart. How is it she’s so big already!! I know time is flying, but it seems like we just found out you’d had her. And the girls, too! I see you in all three of them :)

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      Let’s hope she’s as big as you think she is at her 2 month checkup on Tuesday—I’m hoping for 10 pounds, but I think that’s a long shot. She was so far behind at the beginning w/ the reflux, etc…but we’re doing better now. You are so sweet. THank you for coming by!


  • Kpiccini

    Omg Erin..that picture of Piper is beyond cute!!!! This whole post was so lovable and I felt such a kinship and happiness with you!

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin

      Thanks, Kirsten! Glad you thought this was so lovable b/c there is likely a much more raw, emotional, difficult one brewing. Le sigh. (PPD)

  • http://tiaras-and-trucks.blogspot.com Angela

    There is so much joy and contentment running through this post.  And Piper is to die for!

    Over to Aiming Low now :)

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      Thank you! Piper is pretty cute, which is a good thing. Otherwise she might be in big trouble! LOL!

  • Taming Insanity

    I love the line from Shakespeare in love “I don’t know. It’s a mystery.”

    It’s a mantra of sorts for me. Because I don’t know how it will get done. It just will. How is a mystery.

    Apply this to anything in my life.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin

      Taming Insanity,

      I love you AND your mantra. xoxo

  • http://www.literalmom.com Missy | The Literal Mom

    I love many of the things that you love too.  And I love the style that you wrote this one in.  And I could cuddle that little lovebug up there for you if you need a break.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erin Margolin


      Oh good! Thank you. You are welcome to cuddle the lovebug anytime you want!

  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com Elaine A.

    I just smiled and smiled while reading this… 😀 

    And I totally want to kiss Piper’s cheeks SO badly!! 

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com Erinmargolin


      I must confess that her cheeks ARE pretty damn kissable.

  • http://aladyinfrance.com Lady Jennie

    Of all your lovely things, I asked everyone on FB what new music I should get for Christmas and it was a resounding “Adele!”  :-)

  • http://www.btdas.blogspot.com/ Anita

    Piper with the HAIR! :)

    I trust that the two adorable big sisters are treating her well and “helping?” :)

    As I catch up on a few posts, I see your range of emotions. This one has you high on life; and that’s definitely a good thing! 

  • http://mujerzen.wordpress.com/ Liz

    so delicious, I did this too back in December.  I can’t believe how many of your wonderful posts I had missed!  Those cheeks are delicious, all of your girls are scrumptious, and words, oh yes words…LOVE.