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Everyday Ordinary–Embracing your season

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We’re studying Ancient Egypt so we skipped our regular school schedule yesterday to make a chocolate chip cookie map of Ancient Egypt. We used blue M&M’s for the Nile and the Nile delta; green for the inundation; red for the lower desert; brown for the cities of Thebes and Memphis; and stacked milk caramels for the pyramids and Mount Sinai.

Sometimes we just need a change of pace.

And when we wake up from the sugar coma we should be in Ancient Rome.

We’ve been in the throws of homeschooling, stomach bugs, 104 degree fevers (yikes!), potty training and the occasional potty misses, piles of laundry, dishes, some rotten attitudes and fun.

Sometimes the everyday ordinary can feel so ordinary.

The challenge is to not miss the extraordinary in the middle of the ordinary, because everyday moments make up days that make up weeks that make up months that make the the short 18 years or so years we get to spend with kids in our house.

I don’t want to miss a moment.

But that can be so hard to put in perspective in the everyday ordinary moments.

It can be hard to put into perspective when someone smooshes melted chocolate chips into the white rug after a day of cleaning; or someone is dumping out craft bins after you’ve cleaned that room while you’re busy cleaning up a similar mess in the bedroom; or when you have like 5 baskets of laundry to sort in your living room; or 10,000 tiny lentils pour out of a bag all over the floor that you were using to make dinner tonight…and you pick them up one by one and put in the soup pot (true story!).

A mom’s job never ends.

But I’m reminded of Psalm 39:6 today: “We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.”

Our lives are not a race, but moments of time we can redeem. Reminded to slow down and just enjoy my kids, my family, my life and embrace this season of life. Hurrying through life gets me nowhere faster.

There is no better time than now to be thankful and joyful and grateful to God for all of the everyday ordinary moments that make up one life, one family.

Circumstance won’t change heart attitudes or create joy, but thankfulness will and there’s no better time than now.

Feeling thankful. Each day is a gift and an opportunity for greater joy.

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.

So, let’s do this thing. Let’s write.

Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

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18 thoughts on “Everyday Ordinary–Embracing your season

  1. Absolutely beautiful and perfectly said! Love the Psalm reference and oh! How many times the Psalms have lifted me up and encouraged me on ordinary feeling days! How blessed you are to have this lovely life perspective! Praising God for your post….like the breath from the Holy Spirit itself.

    • Yes, Psalms have lifted me up and encouraged me on many ordinary days (and I have so many days that just feel plain ordinary…but I suppose a lot of moms do!), especially on the challenging days. We have plenty of challenging days around here. I just felt the Holy Spirit really speak to me yesterday that circumstance won’t change my attitude toward life or my kids or whether or not I’m thankful…so just been thinking about that. Thank you for stopping by and the encouragement. You are wonderful! Praising God for YOU right now. Blessings!

    • Thank you Sis. Yes, the cookie map was fun. We’re still suffering from sugar hang over. 🙂 But I think we learned at least something about ancient Egypt! Blessings to you!

  2. You are absolutely right not wanting to miss a thing. One day you will wink and find your kids grown up and independent – happened to me, happens to all of us! Loved your reference to the sugar coma 🙂

  3. My favorite line: “And when we wake up from the sugar coma we should be in Ancient Rome.” But they will remember these ordinary moments as special parts of their childhood!

  4. I love this! This is totally my reality, so thanks for the reminder to enjoy every moment. I also homeschool my kiddos and we’ve made maps with sidewalk chalk and magnetized maps so we could stick on the labels, but we have Never made a map out of a cookie. GENIUS!!
    Ps. I included a link to my husband’s website because he writes songs to help us learn memory verses and I think they’re awesome and want to share them. They’re free to listen, cheap to download.

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