07 Oct 2011

Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

Believe it or not, I forgot today was Friday.

I only remembered when my boys announced at 7am that it was pizza and a movie night. And then I thought about writing it while still in my jammies and with kids yelling for breakfast and baby yelling for milk, and I got that chokey “oh my word, why am I always running late on stuff, and I really should have scraped all those plates after we ate tacos last night” feeling.

So instead, I lay in bed longer with the boys and the baby and we cocooned in the room with all its half empty laundry baskets before diving into the day.

It was a good choice.

I haven’t always been that great at choosing family and slow over to-dos and rushed. I wrote a whole post about trying to do less. I’m still trying.

And when we all wander through from the bedroom and the boys have a movie they are begging to watch before school and I’m wondering if there are still bagels left for breakfast I see something beautiful. Not a dozen roses beautiful. Not sunset or rainbows beautiful. But ordinary, only-a-mom-would-appreciate it, most beautiful thing I’ve seen all week.

Beautiful because of the thought behind it.

My man had laid out two sets of jeans, socks, and super hero undies for the boys. Because he knows what the state of our laundry is. And how hard it is to find socks in the morning when we’re trying to get out the door on time.

And right there, in that moment of contact lenses not yet in, bed head, and old T-shirt, I felt more loved than a movie star.

My man, he thinks of us at 5am. It’s the ordinary extraordinary love.

Tell me happily ever after doesn’t get better than that.

{And I guess that was my five minutes}

Want to join me in the fun of just writing and not worrying if it’s just right (or on time) or not?

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
    3. Go all out encouraging the writer who linked up before you.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes:

On ordinary…


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  1. 1

    I think any busy mama, or woman, for that matter, understands that sometimes life just gets busy. When I didn’t see the ‘Five Minute Friday’ this morning, I figured you just had to tend to your family. But guess what? You inspired me, anyway. I did my own ‘Five Minute Friday,’ and even though my focus was on blessings, I think the sentiment of our posts turned out remarkably similar. Have a great weekend!

  2. 3

    I LOVE that you forgot it was Friday. You encourage me just by being you! :)

  3. 4

    I love that you leave dishes in the sink at night too. Glad I’m not the only one. :)

  4. 5

    I love that the post I did “instead” of Five-Minute Friday on “Little Things” turned out to be exactly what I would have written about Ordinary anyway. That is TOO cool!

  5. 6

    I am so grateful that you made that taco plate comment. Almost all of my friends are clean freaks with endless energy and sometimes I feel like the worst woman/mom/wife in the world for my delinquent dish-doing.
    And yes, that whole kid-outfit thing is real servant love.

  6. 7

    Wonderful post, and your honesty to us is a gift. I was almost worried when I didn’t see a Five Minute Friday post! I’m glad it was eclipsed by the living out and embracing of love in ordinary days.

  7. 8

    Oh my! That might be the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard! I think if I saw my girls socks laid out in the morning I would cry…I’m always searching for clothes through mounds of unfolded laundry. What a thoughtful gesture of love.

  8. 9

    First, your husband is my hero of the day. Second, I figured you might be in bed, and all moms deserve a little extra snuggle time. Third, I’m glad you finally remembered it was Friday. I missed last week’s FMF and it threw me off. I needed this to get back into “the groove”. Now I gotta go write me some “ordinary” and then skedaddle to work!

  9. 10

    LOVE the awesome photo of your family! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  10. 11

    It’s definitely the little things that speak love the loudest – like coming downstairs and finding that the dishwasher has been cleaned out and my coffee cup is sitting by the coffeemaker, just waiting for me. Many blessings, Lisa-Jo!

  11. 12

    Ha – I can echo the “I am so grateful that you made that taco plate comment”. For some reason, that was freedom for me today. Your ordinary was my little breath of fresh air. I love that. :)

  12. 13

    I’m glad you made it to Five Minute Friday… even if it was late! Way to keep it real … and ordinary! :)

  13. 14

    it makes me all melty inside thinking of your husband doing that for you friend :) I SOOOOO get that.

    My Man has been working on my shower all week. Every time I walk by seeing him working on it I just want to swoon… sigh… it’s the little ordinary things that just get me :)

  14. 16

    Sorry! I didn’t mean to enter twice; the website was having a glitch just as I tried to add my link, and it appeared not to have gone through, so I added it again. Whoops! Feel free to delete one of those. Thanks.

  15. 18

    I am just so excited about you word choice today.
    The last two weeks were not my best… but this seems like endless possibilites.
    Thank you.

  16. 19

    Believe it or not, I forgot that I was scheduled to work yesterday. I came home from errands and my husband asked me, “Do you realize that you are suppose to be at work? They just called from the hospital.”

    I called the charge nurse and she said they were okay for the next hour. I grabbed an apple to eat on the way and headed to the hospital. The drive was slow with road construction and school buses but I made it there in time.

  17. 20

    That is a GREAT 5 minutes! God knew just the thing for you to share today. :)

  18. 21

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for reminding me to focus on why my husband being a 5AM person is a good thing.
    The picture of your hubby with your kiddos is precious. :)

  19. 22

    How easy it is for us to forget the little ordinary things!!!
    What a great post!! I loved it!!

    Thanks for the link up!! I’ve put your badge on my blog under ‘often read’

    Thanks again

  20. 23

    That photo of your people is as precious as can be, Lisa-Jo!

    Today was my first time doing a “5 Minute Friday”! I’m such an over-analyzer when it comes to writing and editing posts, so this is something new and freeing for me! :-) I’ll be back again.

  21. 24

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for being real mama! You don’t know how much I needed to hear that others struggle with balance, with choosing family over to-do’s and with dishes in the sink. I’m sighing a big sigh of relief and thanking the Lord for women across miles who will be honest and share, just surrendering daily to be His woman. :)

  22. 25

    It was truly beautiful how you chose your family and celebrated your husband’s thoughtful love gift to you! Thanks for keeping it real!

  23. 26

    I love this!! I am too late for this week, but next week, I am so there…I am following so I can find this again…lol…Pinkim TrulySimplyPink

  24. 27

    My husband makes coffee for me, bathes the kids on Saturday nights (we let them be dirty the rest of the week!), and a hundred other “practical romance” things that sweep me off my feet.

    Dishes in the sink? Oh yes. Jammies all day long sometimes? Yep!


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