Joining with The Gypsy Mama for a five minute un-edited free write about the topic of her choice:
Every day I am awakened by the sounds of brothers' bare feet slapping on wood floors downstairs, their laughter floating up the stairway through the small opening in the doorway of my bedroom.
I turn slowly out of bed, careful not to disturb my toddler or my husband who lie close together in a tangle of bedding.
Now it is my turn to pad barefoot down the stairs, press the start button on the coffee pot, prepared the night before with tired anticipation of these early morning moments.
Then I slip into my quiet morning spot at my computer. First, light the candle. Second, check my e-mail. Third, pour my now-ready cup of coffee and settle in to read the words of my favorite inspirational bloggers:
In the Heart of My Home by Elizabeth Foss,
A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp,
The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison.
This has become my every day ritual. Reading about the everydayness of other women's lives helps me to see the hand of God moving through my own ordinary, extraordinary every day.