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Thriving (which I hope to but failing) in the mundane

In the cracks of these concrete blocks, how did these plants manage to break through the toughness and thrive in a hard environment. Its cluster of leaves and their unique leaf shapes transformed this small area of stone blocks into a charming one This will sound corny but I know you all accept me as I am, so here I go: I can relate to these plants.

In the seemingly mundane role of mommy and teacher I feel my actions and words make little difference; each day seems like a repeat of yesterday sprinkled in with some distractions.

Uneventful is good but each day I don’t leap and jump through the mundane tasks, and if I did that would be weird too. The only difference I see is the slight wearing of the stones. But on a random day you find these surprises along the way.

"So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless."  1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)

It’s encouraging God values my mundane doings and that all things I do in the work He’s called me are not wasted efforts.

He sees me cleaning trails of bread crumbs off the floor, run yet another load of laundry, be the fanatical cheerleader, teach how to take small risks (see pictures below), or reluctantly work on myself when kids misbehave and I’d rather snap in anger or say something I’ll regret.

But one day I’ll miss all this hullabaloo when they leave the nest; it’ll be weird when I can use the bathroom without the constant tapping on the door or be bombarded with questions and comments when all I want is silence. How I handle the mundane makes a difference, perhaps an eternal difference in these four walls.

Have a beautiful start to December and happy holidays!

Peace and blessings, Esther

3 years ago when the kids didn’t scream and cry at the sight of the Easter Bunny. Seems so insignificant in the big scheme of life but it took lots of talking and consoling to get this picture.
New skill achieved on Thanksgiving Day 2021. I was proud of Elliot for trying after many grip fails and me pushing him up (although my back was not happy with me that night), he finally managed to climb and balance himself on that branch.
But I was more proud of myself for coaching him through my fears acting like I was not afraid and helping him overcome his own fear.
*pic taken by Ellis

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. Ellis is becoming quite the photographer. Never be hard on yourself – I could not do what you do. I’m happy your kids are homeschooled. We had a terrible high school shooting Tuesday – I’m behind here as I’ve been following all the news stories and press conferences. I shudder to think of the world today Esther.


  2. that easter bunny would scare me too – hahah
    and appreciated your heartfelt thoughts here.
    The stones and the surprise enrichment from the small plants –
    and then connected that to your life.

    oh and during our homeschool years – I always considered when they would leave the nest (well on and off) because we knew that was our job – to prepare them for exiting while enjoying the now and enjoying every day.

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    1. Right? Easter bunny dolls and those on cards are fluffy and cute, then you see these clumsy looking bunnies. Before they get bigger, I had to get a picture of them with at least one Easter bunny.
      Homeschooling is a wild ride that changes day to day and some days I love doing what I do. But then you get those days when you wonder if you’re doing it wrong. When I see their little faces, I know that this is a short season and they’ll leave the nest in a few years. Gotta enjoy this time and make good memories together. Need God’s help everyday and minute to keep life in perspective.

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