Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ordinary life

Life is not always full of colorful new experiences...
lots of our days are pretty ordinary black and white;

figuring out proofs in Geometry,

playing with friends,

doing homework assignments,

studying Cebuano vocabulary,

taking time to celebrate 17 years of marriage,

hanging out together,

studying ancient history,
(a mummified Michael)

game nights at the center or at the school,

helping to clean up afterward,
(Mark's getting pretty proficient with the Filipino skill
of sweeping with two brooms at one time!)

practicing band music together,

doing graphic design to help some of our co-workers,

and just goofing around.
(This is a map of the Philippines Michael built with Legos.)

"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

may we be full of gratitude for the gift of each ordinary day...


Heritage Clan said...

Over a year ago, this ordinary life seemed so far away for you. So glad to see that you have mostly ordinary days.

us5 said...

yes, and it's amazing to reflect on the things that, after a year, are truly ordinary...people stopping by at all hours for visits, the call of vendors on the street outside, the jeep rides to get groceries, piling in one bedroom at the end of the day to relax with a game or a movie in air conditioned luxury, street kids calling at the gate, hanging laundry along the gutters of the house to dry...

Rosalie said...

Happy Anniversary!

us5 said...

thanks, Rosalie!