Little Joys—Mugs

If you are like the vast majority of Americans, at some point during the day, you consume a hot beverage… why not drink it out of a meaningful mug?

We have a mug problem in our house. We have not one, not two, but three locations in our kitchen where you can find mugs. Brandon and I use the Fiestaware (standby for a whole other entry on plates!) mugs for our morning cups of coffee. After the kids leave, I switch to tea—usually Twinings, but right now I have a container of The Republic of Tea’s Comfort and Joy Limited Edition blend (so fancy!)—and use one of dozens of mugs that each have their person tied to them. Gifts from friends or family, mugs commemorating past Christmases, mugs with children’s artwork printed on them, mugs from our favorite coffee shops, mugs from vacations we went on together, all the mugs, and each one filled with comfort and joy, whether branded so or not.

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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