Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ordinary Days

I don't think any day is just ordinary.
Each day is fresh and new and a gift...to be filled to the brim with your very best.
It never goes perfectly, but it doesn't have to.
The little moments are what make life full.
Our days are usually loud, messy, a little "go with the flow," and wonderful in spite of several bumps in the road.
We just enjoy each other.
Plain and simple.
And I am so grateful for that.

We have a pond that is used for irrigation and during the Winter and early Spring it is not full.
The littles have been searching for these small pond snails that lie dormant for months in the pond.


They hide along the sides and under rocks, just waiting for the cool water to fill.



The kids fill their hands full and then we head back home to see which pretty shells might be hiding a small snail.



It is simply amazing to watch these little creatures emerge from dormancy. 
They just spring back to life and look around for something yummy to eat.
We have been feeding them lettuce:).
It is so much fun to be able to enjoy nature and the outdoors with the kids.
It also reminds me how important it is to not lead a dormant life:).


Home is where it is at for me.
It is where we nurture and form these precious people into who they are to become.
Our home is simple, not fancy, rather cozy, and usually has many things going on.
It really never looks picture perfect.
My laundry is usually blowing in the breeze, the sand box is full of random toys and sometimes is turned into a large pond that slowly seeps into the lawn.
There is a pluthera of bikes, balls, tools, and even a bunny or two in a makeshift cage enjoying the fresh grass...that probably needs to be mowed.
Right now, everything is seemingly weedy and needs my attention...but I still love it.



It's a comfortable place where imperfections make it perfect and where we try to love and show love.
It's where we are able to be creative and most of all ourselves.
It's where we learn tolerance, forgiveness, and how to solve problems.

I found these wonderful quotes by Mother Theresa this morning...

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.
~Mother Teresa



Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.
Mother Teresa



There are days when I feel like I am consumed with duties that eat up precious time. 
I really have to slow down and remember that even those things that must get done, like Latin, Geography, Math, and Grammar...laundry, dishes, cleaning and cooking:
these things are acts of love if you do them with a thankful spirit.





If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Mother Teresa

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Mother Teresa
All of the small things that you do for your family, that you do for your neighbor...they add up.

For me, taking care of this precious family is the greatest act of love.
I pray that all of our small actions compile into the utmost love offering and that my children grow to be strong morally and ethically, smart, and to become people that change this world.
It is hard to believe that all starts in a small place like home.
{My dormant garden....soon to be alive with all kinds of things!

Enjoy the day..it is everything but ordinary:).
~Julia

19 comments:

Carissa said...

"imperfections make it perfect."

I wouldn't want it any other way.

Just beautiful Julia!!!!
(Lovely pictures full of life and love!)

Debbie said...

Beautiful post Julia. Have a wonderful day.

Kathy said...

Thank you for such a beautiful post Julia. I feel Gods been nudging me to enjoy these days of full of insignificant chores, but really it is the small things that do make such a difference in raising our children. You are such a godly mother. Be blessed!

~ko said...

Such a wonderful and well written reminder! Thank you Julia!

Gumbo Lily said...

I was just talking to my adult son (who ranches with us) and he said something almost like what you are saying....life is full of imperfection, it's up to us to bounce and to give grace. I just loved this post. The photos of your children make my eyes swell with tears remembering back when my kids were young and at home like yours are. I know you're enjoying every moment -- even the tough ones.

Jody

Keeping it Cozy said...

What a lovely post. I think your "ordinary" days and your sweet home are a wonderful foundation for your children. Thanks for sharing. These are all things I need to be reminded of!

kathi @ like water said...

as we are busy, busy with baseball this spring...i'm reminded of how sweet 'at home' is. wonderful post!

love, kathi

Amanda said...

my goodness yes!

its everything but ordinary.

Your photos bring so much life and you capture the everyday beauty of it all my freind.

I enjoyed taking a peek into your day.

Bevy said...

You're view. It goes on and on forever... I love it. Those mountians off in the distance.

You're words today about home. Beautiful! I love all those quotes, too.

It's really not so ordinary when we truly, really begin to "Cherish the (Ordinary) Moments of Today."

Joyfulmomofmany said...

Julia, I *so* agree with you! Ordinary days are the *best*! The Mother Teresa quotes that you chose are fabulous. As always, great photos~ I especially like the one of your daughter and son running through the dormant bushes~ you totally captured the delight of exploration that they were experiencing!

I also wanted you to know that I am praying for you as you recover from your miscarriage. I have walked that path several times, so my heart is really empathizing with you. {{{{hugs}}}}

Joyfulmomofmany said...

Julia, I *so* agree with you! Ordinary days are the *best*! The Mother Teresa quotes that you chose are fabulous. As always, great photos~ I especially like the one of your daughter and son running through the dormant bushes~ you totally captured the delight of exploration that they were experiencing!

I also wanted you to know that I am praying for you as you recover from your miscarriage. I have walked that path several times, so my heart is really empathizing with you. {{{{hugs}}}}

Budget Design Girl said...

Your posts are always so lovely, and your thoughts completely resonate.
Thanks for giving us another peek into your love filled life!

xo-Lisa

Christan Perona said...

Beautiful, Julia.

Cailan said...

Good words for me, dear Julia. It's so easy to get distracted from this one all-important, most precious calling. Thank you for reminding me today.
love, cailan

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

A truly beautiful post! :)

Davis & Co. said...

Really lovely post! Great reminders:)

cestMoi Sandy said...

As always another Blessed moment by visiting at your blog.

Just beautiful.

Sandy

Christi said...

Beautiful, and well said. I love your photos. The terrain of your area reminds me so much of a little town not far from the little town that I grew up in.

Collette said...

It's so clarifying to realize that we don't need to do anything grand or big...but each "small" thing we do out of love, adds up to something beautiful.
That sure does put a whole new perspective on our "ordinary" work as mothers :)

Beautiful quotes - M.Teresa is one of my favorites. :)

Thanks for the encouragement today!

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