Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ordinary Life

I love to watch the sunrise. I love the stillness and quiet of the morning, the anticipation of a new day and all the promise that it holds. In the early morning calm I am reminded that God is here and that he cares. The sunrise brings with it the chance for a fresh start, a new beginning, and renewed strength for whatever the day brings. I am grateful that God knew we would need these new starts, and that we would need them frequently!

Now that there are no kids in the house I don't see the sunrise very often. Mark and I don't have to get up before dawn to make breakfast or pack lunches or drive kids to school. And we miss those moments - the miraculous turning of the sky from black to brilliant hues of pink and orange - those moments that confirm that God is indeed a God of goodness and mercy, a God of new beginnings!

I haven't seen the sunrise lately, but I have seen the dawn of a new day in my life! For the first time in nearly a year, I have felt relatively normal! I feel good physically. I am not tired. I can eat. I can leave the house. I have been successful at rejecting fearful and worrisome thoughts. I feel the sun rising...

Thursday night Mark and I had the privilege of attending the George and Barbara Bush A Celebration of Reading at the Hobby Center. It was a really fun evening!

Friday night Mark and I enjoyed the Astros game with my parents. The Astros won, and we stayed all the way through the fireworks at the end of the game. Lots of fun!

Saturday I actually worked in the yard! I can't remember the last time I did that! It felt good to be in the sun, using muscles I haven't used in a long time. I'm not sure my surgeon would have been too happy, but he wasn't here! 

Sunday night I went swimming! I haven't been in a pool in a year! 

I read this quote from a cancer survivor today: 

"All I wanted was ordinary life back, for ordinary life, 
it became utterly clear, is more valuable than anything else." 
(Katherine Russell Rich, The New York Times, 4/26/2010)

Thank you, Lord, for giving me my ordinary life back. Please help me never to take that blessing for granted!

Maybe I'll get up and watch the sunrise tomorrow...


  1. Hey, Laura! What a joy to read this post! Isn't the ordinary life extraordinary!!!!!
    Love you and ALWAYS praying for you!

  2. So beautifully written, and the pictures are amazing!
    I don't want to miss out on the ordianary...thank you for the reminder!

  3. Ordinary is Extraordinary! I love the times in life where I am so moved or shaken that I am beyond grateful for whatever it is that has caused me to see something differently... gratefulness for ordinary is a beautiful and peaceful place to be.
    Your ordinary days sound absolutely amazing and I am beyond happy that you are experiencing that freedom to do these things again. HIGH FIVE !!!!!

  4. Moved to good tears again! I will get to see the sunset every night in my new home. I can't miss it-the rooms are all glass. God is Glorious!!!

  5. SO glad you are enjoying ordinary life again! What a blessing it is!