Glory In The Ordinary

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     Not all days are exceptional.  Most days pass with just the very ordinary events of daily life taking place.  Do you glory only in the extraordinary days, or do you rejoice and glory in the ordinary, too?  Oh, I do hope it’s the latter.  Being thankful for the ordinary, even the mundane, and truly giving glory to God for even that, makes such a huge difference.  Too often I hear women bemoaning that they have had a boring day, or it’s been just the same-old-same-old.  My mother-in-love was found of reminding her grandchildren that “only boring people get bored”.  I am certain, absolutely sure, that none of you are “boring” people! 

     My day today was ordinary, and it was delightful!  I love ordinary days, don’t you?  There is a wonderful pleasure to be found in the sameness of a homemaker’s days.  The rhythm is soothing.  The pace is relaxed, though constant.  The timbre of my home rises and lowers throughout the day, from an almost fevered crescendo to a quietness, marked only by the sound of the ceiling fans whirling overhead, or the lovely notes of the wind chimes blowing in the gentle breeze.

     There were meals to be prepared and enjoyed.  Bread baking.  The hard boiling of a big pot full of eggs to take advantage of the end-of-summer bounty that God is providing through our small flock of hens.  Iced tea this afternoon replaced the wonderful steaming cups of hot tea we enjoyed this morning.  Of course, the kitchen was cleaned and cleaned and cleaned again.  Working kitchens are a busy place, and I do like mine clean and tidy even while I am cooking.   Washing up the few measuring cups, spoons and utensils needed for getting a loaf of bread into the machine is a breeze, and, honestly, a delight for me.  Delight in the small things of life!!  The provision of our daily bread is from the Lord, and I’m thankful for it. 

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     A few weeks ago, Dani made dozens of cupcakes for our pastor’s family when they hosted a VBS at their home.  There was just a wee bit of the white cupcake batter left that day.  Frugal girl that she is (where does she get THAT from??) she poured the remaining batter into a pie tin and topped it with sliced apples and spices and then popped it into the oven to bake.  She wrapped it and labeled it “Apple Cake Thingie” and froze it.  She pulled that out of the freezer this afternoon, and we warmed it up in the oven and had it during our tea time read aloud.  Oh!  My!  It was wonderful! 

 

 

 

 

 

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     Aaron had a couple of science experiments involving pulleys to accomplish today.  Homeschooling provides us with plenty of opportunities for using what we have on hand to build our own science lab. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     He involved the whole family in his experimentation, proving, once again, that a pulley does give one a distinct mechanical advantage.

 

 

 

 

 

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     I don’t remember high school science being this much fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

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     One of the ordinary things that I do, day by day, from April through October, is watering and irrigating.  I will admit that there are days, when it is well over 100 outside, that I do not relish the multiple times each day that I must venture out, walking to the orchard or through several gates into our sheep yard, to hook up hoses or change irrigation lines.  I’ve even been known to complain about it.  Quite loudly.  And yet………

 

 

 

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     I love the bounty that the Lord provides through my diligent efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

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     The lettuce seeds that were just planted a few days ago are sprouting!  After having a disappointing yield with our spring lettuce, I am doubly thankful for these multiple little sprouts in each of the little cells I planted.  I will have to thin them!!

 

 

 

 

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      Our white pumpkins have grown to a nice size.  So, as you can see, have the weeds! 

 

 

 

 

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     Our big garden is out by our orchard.  I took the camera with me today as I changed the irrigation line in the orchard to see how the garden was doing.  The pumpkins and the dried cornstalks give ample evidence that fall is just around the corner, even here in sunny California. 

     I spent some time in my home today thinking about how I might change things up for fall.  I have a few different goals in mind.  I have a few areas and/or pieces of furniture in my home that could be more functional.  Moving them to new locations, or even to different rooms, will help gain more function from these pieces that I so dearly love.  I’m hoping to find some time yet this week to begin working on this.   

     It’s also time to begin putting away items used only during the summer.  I’ve a big basket near my schoolroom door filled with sunscreen, poolside drinking glasses and clean pool towels.  I’m sure that we’ll enjoy a few more days in the pool, but the basket and its contents can probably find a less prominent home.

     Gypsy and I are still riding!  I’ve biked almost every day.  I ride Gypsy a minimum of three miles and a maximum of six miles each day, but I’ve never ridden further than four miles at once.  With the weather cooling, though, the riding is becoming easier.  We have a couple of good-size hills along our country roads, too, which makes the ride just that much more exhillerating!  Today I rode four miles before lunch, and two miles after dinner.  Dani rode a total of 13 miles today, in four different outings, two with me and two more with each of her brothers individually.  What a champ!

      I love ordinary days.  I do!  You can, too.  Watch for things to delight in – a hawk flying overhead as you hang the laundry out, or the cat sleeping lazily in the shade of a car on the driveway.  Delight in your family as you read aloud to your children, or as you enjoy a special treat together in the afternoon.  Give thanks to the Lord for the many, many blessings you receive at His hand – your daily bread, your family, the work that He gives you to do, and most especially for His great gift of salvation.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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25 comments to Glory In The Ordinary

  • Sorry about using anonymous, but I don’t have a Xanga account. I just had to tell you that I’m always so happy when I see Copperswife pop up in my Google Reader! Your posts are so gentle and calming that it always gives my day a boost.

    I love pics of your sweet family going about their daily routine, but I must confess to a bit of envy for your garden. Since I’m in Florida, our growing season begins much later than yours for most veggies. While everyone else is posting pictures of their harvests, I am just now beginning to plant my garden.

    Thank you for posting when you can. I just wanted to say thanks for your gentle perspective on life. I don’t have a blog, but I love reading yours.

    Melissa in South Florida šŸ™‚

    nnisigning@gmail.com

  • Cheryl,

    Ordinary days are my favorite as well.  Holidays are wonderful but I can only take so much of them before I long for those ordinary days.  Ordinary days give you time to breath and really relish God’s blessings.

  • I love ordinary days too. I would say that yesterday (the day of your post) was an exceptional day here!!! Thank you for spending a good chunk of your ordinary day praying for my granddaughter.

    13 miles??? GO DANI!!! You too, with your 2 rides a day!!!! Your pumpkins look great. Are you using any for decoration? I may buy some white ones this year.

  • Thank you for your post, I’m one of those who sometimes bemoans about same ol’, same ol’ but I really love my ordinary days!  While reading your post I was sitting here at my computer with the windows open and listening to the wind chime making beautiful music and watching my little wooden bird hanging in the tree flapping it’s wings and twirling around in the breeze.  I enjoy reading your blog & the lessons you share with us all.  You’ve opened my eyes & I thank you.  God Bless ~Gretchen~

  • Mmmm…such a mellow day…

    thanks for sharing

    Alesha

  • Ooooo how I LOVE ordinary days!  Our days have been so out of the ordinary for the past several months that now my kids don’t know what to make of an ordinary day.  I love it, love it, love it though!  Thanks for sharing and all your great photos… I am planting my lettuce today!  Thanks for the reminder. – Jennifer A.

  • Cheryl,

    Thank you for the lovely reminder! Way to go on the bike riding!!

    Love, heather

  • @Melissa – Ah, but you’ll be enjoying the harvest from your garden long after my garden has finished.  For the most part, my garden is done, save for the lettuces I’ll plant for fall. 

    @tjsNana – While ordinary days are wonderful, days that bring the birth of new grandbabies are in a class all their own!!  Congratulations again and again!

    @mommygirl3 – We’ve had times when the ordinary day was the exception rather than the rule, too.  It makes getting back to the ordinary all the more sweet!

    @akconklin –  @Simply_Country_Cottage –  @MotherHen1966 –  Yep, ordinary days are the best, aren’t they?  Mellow, as Alesha says.   

  • I too am thankful and glory in the ordinary days!
    They are a comfort and blessing to me!
    Besides special days wouldn’t be as special without ordinary days…
    But just between you and me I love ordinary days as much as the special days!

    Wishing you a very blessed day!

  • I too am thankful and glory in the ordinary days!
    They are a comfort and blessing to me!
    Besides special days wouldn’t be as special without ordinary days…
    But just between you and me I love ordinary days as much as the special days!

    Wishing you a very blessed day!

  • Beautiful post, Cheryl.  As so many others, I too, relish the ordinary.  Truly.  And reading of your ordinary day(s) calmed my Spirit today.  Having started our morning with much difficulty, I find myself inspired to spend a few moments in the kitchen…puttering…baking…whatever.  Just being ordinary!  We’ve had some UNordinary days of late, and I find myself longing for the calmness to return.  Life’s rhythm.  Until then, thank you for sharing YOURS. šŸ™‚  {{hugs}} ~Danielle

  • Beautiful post, Cheryl.  As so many others, I too, relish the ordinary.  Truly.  And reading of your ordinary day(s) calmed my Spirit today.  Having started our morning with much difficulty, I find myself inspired to spend a few moments in the kitchen…puttering…baking…whatever.  Just being ordinary!  We’ve had some UNordinary days of late, and I find myself longing for the calmness to return.  Life’s rhythm.  Until then, thank you for sharing YOURS. šŸ™‚  {{hugs}} ~Danielle

  • Strangely enough, Cheryl, each of my days recently take on a different turn.  One day may start with Physical Therapy with a little girl gaining strength in her leg.  Another day may start with getting all of us to the Dr for Daddy’s back.  That day I drive due to his meds for his back not being condusive to his driving.  Quite honestly, your post is quite refreshing, as are my ordinary days since I don’t have to go anywhere or do anything but my normal every day stuff.  Today was heralded with the bread machine sounds, washing machine and drier sounds and children getting ready to go while I drank my coffee and sat with my husband studying scripture.  I’d love to sit and marinade in times like those, but alas, we must continue on.  Physical Therapy and Dentist appointments were on the schedule this morning.  Now that we’re home, I sit here next to my precious daughter while she finishes her school work.  The boys are out helping their Daddy move some wood down to the work room that he shouldn’t be lifting.  Thank the Lord for strong growing boys!  What a blessing! 

    Regina

  • @primrosesnpeonies –  Let’s hear it for the ordinary day!

    @SimpliciTea – @Homeschoolmummyx3 – We all have our UNordinary days.  Some of those are special, such
    as Bren’s day yesterday with the birth of a new grandbaby.  Other times
    the “special” days bring trials and upsets into our days, making the
    ordinary days even more blessed.  However, I would challenge everyone,
    myself included, to remember to be thankful and to praise God EVEN in
    the midst of those days of trial.  He has numbered the very hairs of our heads, He knows our every thought, hope and challenge, He knows our coming in and our going out.  My friend LadyJane (whose blog is private of I’d link to it right here) has a wonderful post up today about resting in Him.

    @Homeschoolmummyx3 –  you said, “Thank the Lord for strong growing boys!  What a blessing! ”    AMEN!!

  • Thanks for such a inspiring post!!

  • I usually read your posts on the sub list, just clicked over and WOW I LOVE your new look.  Dani did an excellent job!!! Suz

  • @homesteadingtess –   I’m so glad that the Lord gave you inspiration here.

    @natesmom89 –   Thanks for the nice words about the new blog look.  Dani came up with the idea on her own, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  I appreciate the convenience of being able to read blogs on one of the feed fetchers (bloglines, the Xanga sub page, Yahoo reader, etc.), too. They can be real time savers!  Keep in mind, though, that many bloggers, myself included, have things to share with you that are best shared in the side bar area.  Be sure to click over to all of the blogs you subscribe to once in awhile to see what you might be missing! 

  • Thank you for the reminder about ordinary days.  While I don’t complain about the same-old, same old, I rarely find JOY in the day~my brain is too busy thinking about the million and one things that need to be done.  I want to be content with the blessings that I have and find joy in the most ordinary of days.  Joy in laundry?!  I am not sure that is even possible!  LOL

    After I read your posts, I usually have an attitude adjustment.  LOL  I pray that the Lord continues to use you as an example of a Proverbs 31 woman!!

  • @rsmjcdorris –   Joy in laundry?  Try this – as you sort through all those dirty clothes, towels, etc. thank the Lord for the ones that made them dirty.  Lots of laundry means a full and busy household and that it truly something to be thankful for!!  You might not be dancin’ a jig in the laundry room, but a thankful heart is a merry heart.

  • what a great garden! i especially love the white pumpkin.

  • what a great garden! i especially love the white pumpkin.

  • WOW! 6 miles 13 miles you and Dani are champs! Good for both of you! And what beautiful pumpkins!

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • WOW! 6 miles 13 miles you and Dani are champs! Good for both of you! And what beautiful pumpkins!

    ~*~Megan~*~