The Magnificent Mundane

I confess when beginning blogging, my intent was only to share the “fun” and “special” moments of our life in Italy with our friends and family back in America. Although those moments are worth documenting for us to remember the special times we’ve shared as a family, there is so much more I want to always remember…

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As I was recently scrolling through old photos from the first half of the year, I began reflecting on the beauty found in the mundane life we all live. But oftentimes, we rarely take the time to highlight or give much attention to these parts of our lives. In the technological, social-media saturated world that we live in, we can show the world who we want to be or what we wish our lives looked like. But, is that truly reality?

I confess when beginning blogging, my intent was only to share the “fun” and “special” moments of our life in Italy with our friends and family back in America. Although those moments are worth documenting for us to remember the special times we’ve shared as a family, there is so much more I want to always remember—the day to day moments with my kids, living life in a crazy, chaotic city, and the daily faithfulness of God.

So, what is normal? People ask us that question a lot and honestly, “normal” changes all the time—especially living in a country that lives on a seasonal clock.

However, there are some things that are relatively consistent and don’t really change in drastic ways:
• life with littles (which means unexpected moments of craziness & pure bliss)
• walks to and from school in all types of weather
• time spent in God’s word & my heart encouraged
• random moments in the city center
• traffic in Rome (guaranteed to always be there…ha!)
• leading worship each week in our church
• serving our community we live in
• cuddles & hugs
• buying meat from our favorite butcher each week
• preparing and cooking meals for my family and friends
• the car randomly breaking down
• gelato snacks & coffee breaks
• games & make believe
• lunches on the terrace
• dates with my love
• the neighborhood dog
• my heart melting watching the boys take naps

There is so much more about daily life here, but these are definitely some of the things that come to my mind. Why do we think mundane means unimportant? They truly are magnificent—they are mundane moments of life, love, and joy that the Lord gives us and I don’t want to take one second of them for granted! May we take more time to turn off the social media, forget the “filter” on our life, and rest in the joy of each and every day the Lord has made and be glad in it.

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