Rejoice in the ordinary.

After spending the holidays in the hospital last year, I cannot tell you how much more I appreciate them this year. We have truly learned to rejoice in the ordinary!  November of 2013 is an absolute blur.  Faith ended up transferring hospitals shortly before Thanksgiving last year so she could have a life-saving surgery.  She became extremely ill extremely fast.  It was, by far, the worst day of my life.  She spent the next month and half recovering and then it was Hello, Happy 2014! Let’s start the year off with another surgery! Oy.  Sometimes I don’t even recognize the couple who went through all that.  Was that us?
Anyway, another story for another time!
Thanksgiving 2014 was much better.  Food for days.  Turkey and mashed potatoes.  Stuffing and corn casserole.  Relish and vegetable trays.  Pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream.  Oh my yum.   I’m not lying when I say that I brought my leggings along to change into.
There is something very blessed about having your people altogether to eat and share.  Take my advice and never take such a thing for granted.
Not having to shovel our meals down and kiss Becks goodbye as we made our swift exit to the hospital?  Blessed. 
Seeing our baby girl at the dinner table, happily banging Tupperware together?  Blessed.
Becks goofing around with his cousins?  Blessed.
{Yes, those are beer caps they salvaged off the counter.  #boys}
Seeing our family together?  Blessed.  
This is my husband’s parents and brother.  My family’s pic is being preserved for the annual Christmas card so I can’t share 😉
Returning home with your entire family to put children to sleep in their own beds?  Blessed.  
These may seems silly, inconsequential even.  The very things you do everyday without a second thought.  But, it bears mention that these things are gifts.  They’re not guaranteed.  There is nothing sure about tomorrow.  I don’t mean that in a cynical, glass-half-empty way.  Quite the opposite, actually.
Treasure each opportunity to enjoy really normal moments.  Rejoice in the ordinary.

Stay in the know!

These FREE resources are an instant download upon a confirmed subscription.

Spam is for sandwiches. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit


Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


Share This:


Hi, I'm Abby

Hi, I’m Abby! Thanks for stopping by. I love supporting kindergarten and first grade teachers with engaging, skill-based activities that are easy to use in their classrooms. Let me help you be the best teacher you can be!
Dot a Word Opt In Preview

Make teaching easier

Free Phonics Activity

Help your students build their phonemic awareness with this simple segmenting activity. Get 25 FREE practice pages sent to your inbox today.

You Might Also Like...








Seasonal & Holiday

Seasonal & Themes




Price - slider
Price - inputs

Take a peek inside of
Word Work Workshop!