Life itself is grace.

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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” – Frederick Buechner

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There was a thing that we did on Sunday morning that involved us writing down something we believed and putting it inside a balloon. And then some other things happened. Anyway. I always have trouble writing down something I believe. Like Oprah’s “what I know for sure” or any kind of testimony. I believe a lot of things. I would rather talk to you about them over coffee than try to condense them into a sentence.

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What I ended up writing had to do with believing in looking for the gifts of small graces everywhere. Everybody defines them in different ways, but I like the term “small graces” because it reminds me that, like grace itself, being mindful of the beauty of the ordinary is a gift. My tendency is to rush through my tasks and focus on the future. Or the negative. So much of life ends up being a blur.

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I was so happy to see the Buechner quote above reinforce what I put in that balloon: the idea that everything is important. If only we are paying attention.

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In that spirit, here are a few pictures from our yard this weekend. The weather here is more fabulous than you can imagine. And the ordinary these days is oh so beautiful.

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