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So what if the most extraordinary thing I do for my children -- bio and adopted -- is to provide them normalcy? #ordinaryisextraordinary

Hello, Normalcy. It’s Me, Ordinary Mom.

Yesterday afternoon, I did a very Texan Mom thing. I ran errands all morning, dropping off lunches at forgetful teen’s job and packing the minivan with sale items from Aldis and driving across the metroplex to pick up symphony music and getting a library card at yet another library because we can never, never, ever have enough libraries with enough books. But the Texas Mom thing grew as the full morning gave way to an empty belly. Driving down the country highway in my “sports minivan,” (the awesome Honda Odyssey with all the windows down), past acre after acre of ranches and cattle farms, I could only think of one thing: Grass-Fed Burgers. Pulling into the gravel driveway, I left the sports minivan to air out a bit while my young son and teenaged daughter crunched through the dusty path beside me to the food truck. Grins wide with hopeful expectation, we fished out a cool drink and bag of chips from the bright buckets and staked our claim on a shady picnic table overlooking the …

What happened to ordinary mom?

What Happened to Ordinary Mom?

I haven’t decided what kind of mom I am yet. Which is sad, because I’m about to start emptying the nest, so the Big Family Years are coming to a close, and I still haven’t found myself yet, apparently. What kind of mom am I, anyway? I’m a soccer mom. And a music mom. A homeschool mom, a cooking-at-home mom, a coffee mom, and a thinking mom. I’m a mommy blogger, Target mom, and minivan mom. I am not a crafty mom. Just get that straight. I have been a working mom, a work-from-home mom, and a ministry mom (scars to prove it). But I just want to be an ordinary mom. Not the kind of mom you see on cable TV (really, people? THOSE are the real housewives of Dallas? Um, not from this perspective). Not the kind of mom you see in the movies (unless you are talking about Mom’s Night Out, thank you Patricia Heaton for nailing it once again!). Definitely not any of the moms you know on Pinterest! Seriously, I don’t do crafts!!! When …

the extraordinary thing God wants to make you

The Extraordinary Thing God Wants to Make You

There’s this voice inside, the voice that says nothing special, or not that great, or even failure. The voice that accuses, discredits, invalidates, and discourages. It’s a woman’s constant companion. And she fights it. Oh, every day, she must first silence the Voice just to plant her feet on the floor, shove the Voice aside to reach for her devotions, stop her ears from the Voice to go about her errands and appointments, strain to hear the sweet sounds of her own children and husband above the clamor of the Voice. It takes struggle to fight the Voice. Because it never, never stops. But for thousands of years, my friend, that terrible Voice has attacked not only women but flesh-and-blood men, as well. Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. — Matthew 4:18-19 And then Peter said, “But we are just fishers!“ Not. Then Andrew said, “Fishing …