February 18, 2015

The Extraordinary Beauty of an Ordinary Day


Today is just an ordinary day. Much like the one that came before it and probably much like the one that will come after it. Sometimes it is good to break free from the mundane of an ordinary day, the grocery shopping, the laundry and the floor sweeping, to find the beauty that is right in front of you.


Sometimes we need to unpack the fresh basil and inhale deeply even though we are fretting that we forgot the anchovies.


Look around. That Ukelele that didn't get put away is actually a sweet reminder of a husband who is trying to learn a love song for his wife. It's all perspective.


Treat this day as the special day it really is. Bake some muffins. A batch of blueberry, a batch of chocolate chip.


Celebrate being in the middle because sometimes that is the best place to be. Beginnings are exciting and full of promise. Endings are sad and full of goodbyes. The middle is comfort and coziness.



Embrace the ordinariness of having show and tell of all the new books you got for Christmas with a friend, while curled up on your sofa and catching up on all you've missed.


Look around you at all the beauty and love that fills your home. The cat that wants his belly rubbed. The daughter that wants you to sit on her bed and keep her company. This is your life. The beauty is in the every day, extraordinary moments.


P.S. Thank you all for your kindness on my last post. My dad is doing much better!!

23 comments:

Amy Jo said...

Such prettiness!
Blessings,
Amy Jo

Debby said...

Glad your father is better. What a sweet post to read today. Thanks.

NanaDiana said...

Jen- You are so right- I love the middle ground days. Your days are always so pretty. I love visiting you. I was away for a bit so did not know about your Dad. I am glad he is doing better. Prayers for him. xo Diana

Kelli said...

Love every time I see a new post from you...
So happy your dad is doing better.

Deepi's World said...

First time commenting here...very nice post. You are right..find pleasure in simple things...a shift in prespective brings big change in life. Love visiting your blog.

Melanie said...

I like those ordinary, middle, comfortable days. And I see you were just shopping at one of my favorite stores - Trader Joes. I just bought that creamy almond butter, too...my fave. Did you notice the price sky-rocketed? Oh well, I still bought it since I love it so much. Sometimes for breakfast, I eat a spoonful of it with a banana. It's also delicious on toasted Ezekiel bread with sliced banana on top. Or in a smoothie. And I also spy another favorite - the chocolate croissants. They're a rare treat here and I only eat one, then I send the rest with my hubby to his work so I don't eat all of them! How are those South African style chips? We haven't tried those.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Sounds like a beautiful day! :)

Vicky Decaro said...

Adoro tu blog! Hace poco me encontré con este. Y no pude dejar de leerlo! Me siento mucho identificada, con lo que decis!
gracias por compartir tus espacios, tus dias y tus emociones! Me encanta este blog!
cariños. Vicky Dc

isabella said...

It is the first time I write to you.I love your blog and simple life!
Isabella

Jboo said...

Beautiful -- love this post! Thanks for sharing your ordinary extraordinary day!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

But WHAT were you planning to do with anchovies? I need to know.

Jenni said...

wonderful celebrating the simple pleasures :) I am going to need to look into that great stack of books you have

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Ok...I need to do this! Beautiful post.

Joy Scout said...

Your home is so beautiful and thank you for the sweet reminder to love on my tribe.

Bronwyn said...

Love these little glimpses into your home. Such an air of loveliness - yet obviously lived in and enjoyed. I received 3 of the same books at Christmas time. This has been a good reminder to get them out and have a look-see! XOXXO B.

Anna said...

Dear Jen, beautiful post as always from you, I am so with you on the ordinary days needing to be cherished. Life is all about the little seemingly insignificant moments and it is so sweet of you to share some of your ones with us, THANK YOU! I will pop out on Monday to get a pot of basil. I had forgotten how lovely and refreshing the smell of basil is, till you reminded me. Have a great weekend!! Anna xx

Rue said...

The ordinary days are my favorite days :)

Glad to hear your dad is doing better!

xo,
rue

Imagery by Kimberly said...

I so agree and thank you for such a beautiful-Jen-way of reminding us that these are the most precious days of all. Love to you and your sweet family this Sunday morn and every morn to be.

xo,
Kim

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Just the kinds of things I cherish most! Thanks for reminding us once again to appreciate the simple things in life, Jen. I happy to read that your dad is doing better!

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Such a beautiful post. We all have so much to be grateful for. I look at the horrific things going on in other parts of this world and I thank God every day for my blessings. Have a beautiful week, Jen!! : )

~ Wendy
http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Cherie said...

What a lovely gentle and thought provoking blog you have. I will come back often. xxx

Mindy Whipple said...

I love it - comfort and coziness in the middle. I am ever striving to see the beauty of extraordinary in an ordinary day.

Mindy Whipple said...

I love it - comfort and coziness in the middle. I am ever striving to see the beauty of extraordinary in an ordinary day.