In the Church's liturgical calendar, we're coming to the end of Ordinary Time (the weeks between Pentecost and Advent) and we're beginning to prepare ourselves for Advent & Christmas. As Ordinary Time draws to a close, the seasons change, and everything begins to feel a little more special and exciting (and sparkly, and shiny, because... Christmas) I wanted to reflect on our ordinary lives in Ordinary Time.
I haven't shared much of our lives lately and it's been intentional (because there are enough mom bloggers & weekend recaps in the world, you don't really need mine, too). But for the sake of memory-keeping and sharing these small glimpses into our ordinary lives, I thought I'd join in with Gina of Someday Saints to share another edition of Embracing the Ordinary.
I didn't realize until putting these photos together how full & awesome our days have been. (Just another reason I'm happy I'm writing this.) Lots of field trips & play dates (especially to the fire house) for Lily, and I was even able to drive up to Bloomington to be a part of my first ever Blessed Brunch. I've even managed to read a few chapters of The Philosophy of Tolkien (you might call it nerdy, but it's so good).
We've been spending as much time as possible in our backyard - the weather is just perfect right now. Fall in the Midwest is truly the best and I've been realizing everyday that it's my favorite season. We also moved a desk into Lily's room where she works on her "homework", and we've been making peg dolls, pumpkin spice playdough, random fall crafts, and just having so much fun being creative together.
Also, lots and lots (and lots) of playing with the neighbor kids. We spend almost every afternoon running around, jumping on our neighbor's trampoline, or doing some kind of craft on our back patio to keep them all busy. It is exhausting and wonderful and I am praying that I'm at least giving these kids a glimpse of God's love.
Life feels so busy but empty at the same time with Alex so busy with Residency, but it helps to know that this is just a season (a 3 year-long season, but still) and we can treasure the moments we do have with him.
It's good now.
What does ordinary (& Ordinary Time) look like in your home? How are you embracing it?
Inspired by the Embrace the Ordinary link-up by Gina of Someday Saints