15 June 2010

unhinged. but in a good way.

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this morning i rose with a sleepiness i can't quite rub away, a groggy half-headache that leaves me a bit frayed around the edges. my most appealing inclination was to climb back in bed and try again later, but there was work to be done and a house to be tidied and littles to nestle close and nourish and chase.

so i got up. and we scrubbed and sang and relished cream roses in water glasses. we read library books and hammered and packaged and piled up in the van for a trip to the five-minutes-from-here park.

it’s thunderstorm season in the midwest, and the park was flooded in places, to the simultaneous delight and horror of my children. we hiked along the walking path until it dipped beneath a newly-formed lake of muddied water. the river hurtled by, swollen, beautiful and perilous.

now it’s home again, and resting time, and caramelizing beans and slicing salads for a dinner with new (ethiopian!) friends tonight. i’d like to say i feel awake now, together, but i don’t. still, that’s maybe the best part, really. that God is present in my groggy in-betweens, that he inhabits every ordinary minute of my day.

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more sweet shots at darcy's.

more ordinary wonder here.

tuesdays unwrapped at cats

17 comments:

Evie said...

This is my first time visiting your blog from Tuesdays Unwrapped.
I'm having the same kind of day. The rain has finally come so I'm expecting the heaviness to lift. Enjoy your dinner.

Susan said...

What an incredible shot. Hope you get to feeling better.

Enjoy your dinner tonight~

Amydeanne said...

funny, i have a flower like this beside my bed lol!
beautiful shot!

Stacey said...

How lovely.

Kristie said...

I love the serenity of this picture. Beautiful!!!

Wendy said...

nic--that is a beautiful rose.... plain and simple and beautiful. Hope you are feeling better now.

Vonda said...

Beautiful picture. You can't tell you are having an off day. The flower hides it.

I like how you expressed your day. I will visit again:)

lulu and family said...

ordinary wonder. love that. thanks for sharing, nicole. hope that headache clears out soon! and your evening w/ new friends was fun.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I envy your Ethiopian friends. All I'm trying to say is, you'd be in trouble something awful if I lived closer...

sarah said...

hi nic, thank you for visiting last week. you have such a way with words that really beautifies the moment and God's way of being present. how do you get such a lovely photo? seriously, some day I will read my manual and take the camera off auto.

sarah

Tracy said...

Lovely bokeh!

patty said...

so beautifully written, and your photo -in its beauty and serenity-evokes such a sleepy peacefulness... perfect for your post.

Kimberly said...

You are amazing. You even make bad days beautiful. Such a gift, and I love how you share it.

JoAnn said...

carmaelized mmmmmm.
I second the Flowerpatch sentiment. Can I come over for dinner too?

jorth said...

Poor old groggy thing. Hope you feel unfogged soon.

deb said...

to be at peace with how ordinary plays out. to see the purpose in just being...
so beautifully expressed , photo and words.

emily wierenga said...

oh, i`m so grateful i stumbled upon your blog... the way you word life... the way you speak raw. i`m adding you to my blog-roll. peace to you.