twenty eleven at twelve forty-four

How is it that I run around our little space all morning long and do not feel that I accomplish one single thing?
I mean, seriously.
This morning, for instance.........
Up with Graeme at 8:45. I know, late start.
( thank goodness! )
breakfast.
bath.
reading books.
picking up toys.
skype with Pop Pop.
reading more books.
toss wet laundry into dryer and new load into washer.
sending out emails.
phone conversation with Annie.
hearing Graeme say no and instructing him.
praying for wisdom.
phone conversation with Barb.
fixing lunch.
folding laundry.
pick up books.
put Graeme down for a nap.
and here I sit.

Sometimes I feel that the day-to-day tasks are for naught and that I accomplish nothing. I cannot dig out a scripture reference and really don't think I need to, to prove this point to myself: the little, mundane things do matter. They do add up. Spending quality time with Graeme is important. Washing our clothes is very important. Fixing a healthy lunch cannot be over-rated. Discipline and instruction are vital. Relationships make this life worth living.

I really appreciate many things about the music and person of Sara Groves. Her song Setting Up the Pins from the album Fireflies and Songs speaks loudly to me about the day-to-day and the beauty that can and should be found in it. It truly is beautiful. A gift. I'm off to organize my room and hope to share pictures of our little space soon! We've been busy organizing and purging...............

man in a silk tie heads downtown
setting up the pins for knocking em down
people in cars all rushing around
setting up the pins

let's get rich find a way around
setting up the pins for knocking em down
we'll get gadget with a whirring sound
for setting up the pins

everyone everywhere some way some how
are setting up the pins for knocking em down

you can find joy in the fertile ground
setting up the pins and knocking em down
you can try to fight it till you're anger drowned
setting up the pins

everyone everywhere some way some how
are setting up the pins for knocking em down
it can feel simple but it's really profound
setting up the pins

rent a tent, build a stage, throw a party, get a gown
buy a ticket, rent a car, pack a bag and leave town,
cook a dinner, clean the kitchen hit the light
brush your teeth, read a book, say a prayer good-night

everyone everywhere some way some how
are setting up the pins for knocking em down
it can feel simple but it's really profound...

my grandmother had a working song
hummed it low all day long
sing for the beauty that's to be found
in setting up the pins for knocking em down

4 comments:

  1. sounds an awful lot like my days, what a coincidence. hehe

    I love the video for that song. Have you seen it?

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  2. ;-) I just watched the video after you told me about it--I loved seeing them in the context of their own home--cute!

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  3. Oh, that sounds so familiar. Yes, there is meaning in the mundane, isn't there? I must admit, even at the end of a seemingly "unproductive" day, I do find that God will bring joy to my heart- knowing that my little family is fed & clean... okay, just fed & clean :) I'll have to look up that Sara Groves CD, too!

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