Friday, February 20, 2015

Finding Joy In The Ordinary

"Extraordinary magic is woven through ordinary life. Look around!"

Amy Leigh Mercree


So, I have a little secret. Not a big one. Just something most people don't know about me. I have many drafts on this blog. Things I write about... memories, feelings, adventures, convictions, etc. that I don't share with anyone. They're simply things I want to remember, sometimes moments in time captured in photos that mean more than I know how to fully describe. Today, I decided I'm going to break away from my habit of "drafting" these things and share them with you :) Don't feel forced to read any of this. I will certainly not be offended in any way. This is just my way of opening up to others because I think that we could all use more of that!

 I think it's easy to forget how truly magical the day to day, ordinary moments are. I can easily get caught up in thinking, "as soon as the weekend gets here, I'll be happier and more relaxed", or "as soon as the weather gets warmer, I'll be happier". And although some of that can be true in a sense, why wait for those things to happen when if I stop... and look around... there's so so much already there that should make me happy.

Even on the hard days. The ones when I feel like I'm being drained to the core! There are still precious moments I'm missing if I don't stop. That's where pictures have become such a HUGE means of grace for me. They make me stop. These sweet moments that I capture of course do not last, but they're captured. That way I can hold on tight to those moments and remember what they felt like when things are not going to smooth. I'm no photographer. I have no camera. I don't know what I'm doing. All I know is what I see and how it makes me feel inside.  And I know that I don't want to forget.

Kids are great tools to seeing the world in a way that is refreshing. Just look at a baby! How tiny every part of them is. How we used to be that small. How fascinating and new every little thing is to them. The miracle that we all are and the fact that God planned our being from the beginning of time. woah. 

Today is a gift. I'm not owed my health, my children, my comfortable cozy little house, the clothes on our back, a hardworking husband who has a good job.  When it's frigid like today, I want to thank my God for blessing us with a heated house and the means to pay for that. I see these little blue eyed boys in these photos and I'm over the moon that I get the blessing of being a stay-at-home mom. 

So these photos help me stay in the moment. My drafts are places I revisit from time to time. I love the hashtag "theeverydayproject" that Mary Beth from annapolis & co. came up with. She uses it on instagram to encourage us to look for the joys in the every day moments. Not the glamorous, perfectly decorated house, perfectly made meal photos, but the "ordinary'. There's magic in the ordinary every day moments and finding that brings me a whole ton of joy.

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