big stuff


October 8, 2012 by Heather

I am spending the day doing laundry from our trip and drinking lots of water.  I am always thirsty after road trips because I make somewhat of an effort to not drink much of anything while in the car, since my bladder is the size of a split pea and Andrew doesn’t particularly enjoy stopping for me to empty it five hundred times.

Fall decided to blow in while we were away, praise ye the Lord.  I have the windows open and a cardigan on, ahhh.

Sometimes I’ll have these nagging thoughts in my head that typically go something like this:  My days are spent doing the most mundane things… I wish I was more ambitious and career-driven… Maybe I should learn a foreign language… So THIS is what you do with an art degree!… Am I supposed to be devoting the majority of my brain power to things like rice cereal and how to re-caulk our bathtub?

So today as I have been bustling around the house in my pajamas doing housework and taking care of Parker, I realized that I get such great satisfaction from doing those mundane things.  Even though sometimes I think I should be striving to do something, well, bigger… it is the small stuff that makes me feel like I have things somewhat together.  Things like doing the laundry, making dinner, decorating our house, making Andrew lunch, playing in the floor with Parker, having a fridge full of groceries, putting on eyeliner.  Everyday things.  Well, not that I do all of that every single day, but you know.  If I can do one or two of them I feel pretty accomplished.

I was putting clothes in the dryer and noticed that my “365 Days of Quotes for Moms” calendar had not been flipped over in a few days.  I keep it on the shelf above the washer and dryer, because that seems like the most obvious place for a Mom calendar to go.  Right above where I wash my Mom jeans.

“The great doing of little things makes the great life.”  – Eugenia Price

Even though the piles of neatly folded towels or the homemade chicken stock in the freezer that I’m so proud of may feel like silly day to day things, they are what make up the whole picture.  Life.  And by doing those small things with big amounts of love and care, they somehow add up to much, much more.

The great doing of little things makes the great life.  Eugenia was right.  How can you not be right with a name like that, though?

Happy Monday ♥



2 thoughts on “big stuff

  1. Kathryn Richey says:

    Love love love!!

  2. ashtonmckenna says:

    I have found that my previous “career driven” ways were a substitute for missing the little things that you talk about. Now that I am married and a family is on the horizon, I sit at my corporate desk and go, “There’s got to be more to life than this.” Haha. So I think you are right where you need to be– and I hope I can plug through the paperwork and get there too!

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