The Monday Sweet Spot – 05/16/2016

We’ve all hit that point during a smoke, usually about half way through, in which the cigar’s flavors and aromas open up and transform the experience into something far more rich, complex, and enjoyable.

In this moment, gentlemen, you’ve hit the “sweet spot”.

A moment that encourages you to open your senses, and to truly appreciate the experience that the smoke has ushered you into.

In the same way, it’s important to take time in our lives to slow down, and open our senses to the world around us. To take notice of the good things going on and the good people doing them.

These are life’s “sweet spots”, and your Monday could use one…

After Years Of Infertility, Couple Surprises Family With Adoption News

A viral family video is celebrating the beauty of adoption.

When Lacey and Banks Farris adopted their newborn daughter Finley, they decided to surprise their loved ones, who didn’t know they were going through the adoption process.

According to BabyCenter, the California couple struggled with infertility, a traumatic miscarriage at 20 weeks and an adoption attempt that ended when the birth mom decided to keep her baby.

In this heartwarming video, Lacey and Banks appear at the front doors of family and friends with baby Finley in their arms. The reactions to the surprise are truly priceless.

“We want to show her one day how excited our families were to meet her so we made this little video of everyones reactions when we showed up at their door holding a baby,” Banks wrote on Reddit. “No one had a clue that we were even in the process of adoption.”

Pass the tissues, please.

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Brandon Reed

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