Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The gift of the ordinary

I read an awesome blog today at in(courage) about what a gift ordinary life is. Lysa Terkeurst, one of my favorite bloggers pondered the burdens that famous people carry by being famous. And then she wrote:
But it hit me in the grocery store line what an extraordinary gift an ordinary life really is. Simplicity and humility hold the keys to a freedom this world can't even process........I'll lift my face not to flashing bulbs and screaming crowds demanding more than my soul was designed to give—but rather to a simple breeze winding its way through the giggles of my girls. And I'll thank God for the gift—the absolute gift of my ordinary.

The memories I cherish the most are not the ones of a fantastic vacation spot, or an expensive gift, or an award I received... my favorite memories are of playing games with the kids and Craig - Boggle, Spades, Hearts, Sequence, Sorry etc. where we enjoyed being together and laughed so hard we cried. I remember the night at the cabin where we layed on the dock and watched a meteor shower. I remember working with Craig on the cabin - how happy it made us to frame in a wall. I remember holding Brenton and Aaron in the rocker when they were little. I remember listening to the boys play hockey out on our rink late at night, hearing the puck hit the boards, hearing their shouts and laughs. I love watching the video I made of Carrie singing when she was in kindergarten.
Maybe this is why Craig and I love being at the cabin. Life is simpler there. There's always time to stop and enjoy the view of the lake, or watch a squirrel, or listen to the wind in the trees.
I am finding as I get older that I am longing for a simpler life. I am going to begin by cherishing the ordinary in my life, and thank God for the extraordinary gift of it. I am going to look for ways to simplify my life so that I can experience and appreciate the ordinary more.

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