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Ordinary Days

Every Friday we have what we call “Daddy Day” in our house.  It’s the one day of the week, that their mother is off to work; and the one day of the week that Daddy is home all alone with the kids.  We fill it with trips to the library, wrestling matches, episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants, and PB&J sandwhiches.  The summer months are particularly fun, because I have all three kids the entire time.  During the school year, it’s just my daughter and I; which is its own brand of awesomeness!

I’ve been a parent going on 8 years, and one of the most tragic things I’ve experienced is the speed with which the world now moves.  With kids, life becomes a blur that you cannot help slow down.  That’s just the way it is, and I’ve learned to stop and just take in what I have now.  I’ve been quite proud of myself for taking time to just watch my kids jump on a trampoline, or listen to them slowly read through story books out loud, or laugh with them while playing Mario Cart on the Wii.  It’s not a natural thing to just enjoy the ordinary days, it takes a deliberate move to put yourself in a frame of mind to work at remembering.  We tend to build our memories around the “big events,” but it’s the ordinary days that hold the most power.  It’s the ordinary days that I cherish so much.

Last week I saw this video over at www.strategicdads.com and it resonated with me in so many ways.  Yes, it really is over 7 minutes long, and it is written from a Mother’s perspective…but it’s worth the time.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

2 Comments

  1. Joe McGinnis · June 15, 2010

    Great site thanks for posting this. I just spent the last 20 minutes on the strategic dads blog. Very good stuff!

  2. Maria Howard · July 3, 2010

    Spongebo and Patrick are really great characters. love them.~*`