I glanced across the table – a bowl of cereal and a little boy grabbing a spoon.

And all I could think was what a miracle it was.


A few days before, his youngest sister ate applesauce soaked cheerios for the first time. Such a simple thing – cheerios and little ones – but it is a huge hurdle in the arena of oral aversions. She worked up the bravery to eat a ‘solid’ and the reality of it not being such a simple thing was not lost on me.  Granted, they were mushy cheerios and their ‘solid’ state is debatable. Nonetheless, it was cause for great celebration in our house.

When her older siblings first ate cheerios, we clapped and welcomed the new stage. I didn’t see the miracle then.  A miracle in the mundane. A miracle I counted as routine. Ordinary. Regular.

What is routine and mundane to some is miraculous for others. This week my kids reminded me that what I often mistake as ordinary is actually pretty extraordinary. It is a matter of perspective.

Today I am grateful for miracles in the mundane.

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  • Michele - Thank you for this beautiful reminder. This post also reminds me of the Bethel Song, “May We Never Lose Our Wonder” I hope everyone has a full of wonder day!

  • Tanya - Thank you, wonderful reminder!

  • emily@everydaymom - Beautiful! And a great reminder!

  • danielle - This was just such an amazing thing for me to read this morning. Thank you.

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Yes- the ordinary can be the most extraordinary! It’s the little things.

  • Mrs.T - Beautiful reminder. We take so much for granted. Thanks for sharing this today.

  • Ashley Green - Love this! I can totally relate. The first time Gage sang a song I had to pull over because I was crying so hard. He was three. He would yell any time we sang. I hadn’t realized how quiet I had become because any noise seemed to upset him. This was 2 weeks after starting migraine preventatives. You never realize how miraculous the little things are and how you took them for granted. Thanks for tho post!!

  • Terri J. - You made my day! Love the Mundane.

  • Caitlin Weaver - I feel you :) My youngest has a heart defect, and to make a long story short, babies who have heart surgery shortly after birth often have a very hard time regaining their suck/swallow reflex and learning to drink. There were times I wondered if we would ever get rid of his feeding tube, but here we are, and he loves his bottle now! Before him, I never thought about eating being a learned skill, but it totally is, and I’ll never take that for granted anymore.

  • Christin - Beautifully said!

  • Susan - My mom couldn’t walk in her last months due to cancer, and I remember going to the grocery store and watching in amazement at all the people walking around shopping. It felt like such a miracle and a gift to be celebrated — walking, shopping, living the mundane, and the luxury of taking it all for granted.

  • Sophia - Too often we think that because something is common it’s not miraculous, i.e. CHILDBIRTH, CHRIST’S LOVE, etc. — among other things, like cheerios. Thank you for the reminder to treasure the “mundane”.

  • Christy - Oh yes! Both of our boys have been through food/speech/occupational therapies for their SPD and I can totally agree that the tiniest of bites can be the biggest celebration! When I was reading all the books before my first child came along they never mentioned what a monumental task food might be. Luckily great therapists exist to guide us through those things “the books” left out! So happy for your girl! Celebrating with you!

  • Janna - I am hoping you got your muscle up for 15.3??? I tried and tried but still have a ways to go :). Was thinking of you though! Hope you found yours!

  • AshleyAnn - Janna – I tried for it. I got up once, but couldn’t lock my arms out. So incredibly frustrating!!! We’ll get them soon :)

  • Janna - Wow, great job!!! at that rate you’ll get it soon :)

I’m a morning person. By that, I mean I relish the newness of morning. The quietness. The still and calm before the storm of the day begins. I’m not a bubbly person – at any point of the day. So, when I call myself a ‘morning person’, that just means I prefer morning to night. It does not mean the kids come downstairs to find me singing show tunes or bouncing around the kitchen.

When fog and sun meet in the wee hours of the morning – that is my favorite. Typically I leave the house for Crossfit before the sun rises. Yesterday a bunch of circumstances meant I slept a little longer and was home when the sun peeked over the field. I needed it. Something about sunny, foggy mornings makes me a take a deep breath and exhale. It is a beautiful welcome to a new day.


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  • SueY - Beautiful!!!

  • Anna - These are beautiful! Those foggy mornings sure are great aren’t they? Thank you for sharing!

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Such inspiring photos! They’re just beautiful!

  • Sarah - I too am a morning person. I like the moment of quiet before three year wakes up everyone in the house.

  • Mary - i love the early morning stillness as well but I’m more of a bed person. If I could just get over the speed bump of getting out of bed, I would see a lot more of those beautiful mornings.

    Also, I really came here to compliment these incredible images. I always love what you post but these took my breath away this morning. Gorgeous!

  • Beth - wow. these photos are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for sharing. I am so not a morning person, but these photos are inspiring me to give it a try!

  • Debbie H - Emotions through photography. . . This is so great. Nice way to begin my own day where the sun is not yet up. :) It is so interesting to watch someone else’s kids grow up on-line. The change, maturity, growth, kindness comes through in your photos. So interesting. Thanks as always.

  • Allison - beautiful pics and sentiment – i feel the same way about morning

  • Tiffany - The photos on this post are just too sweet! Love the fog/light combo, of course, but I’m dying over the sweet one with Arley’s ears flying and your son looking so happy behind her because he has a dog to run with! Moments like that are just good for the soul, aren’t they? :)

  • Holly - I’m the same way too. There’s just something about being up in the quietness of the morning before the rest of the world is awake. It’s like my own personal sunrise. Love it!

  • suzy - So beautiful! Looks like a dream.

  • Emily - Oh I love this series…I love the fog, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jess - So beautiful! I love your description of “Morning person”…I am the same way to. I take a long time to function in the morning but love watching the sun come up, the stillness, all that makes morning so beautiful!

  • Diana - Gorgeous!!! I’m a morning exerciser too and sometimes the views are enough to make me want to be a morning person. That works some days…

  • Natalie - These pictures are beautiful! You inspire me to be more of a morning person. :)

  • Carol - I am cracking up picturing you in the kitchen singing show tunes! I’m thinking sound of music.

  • mandy - I just laughed out loud about your comment about you not being the one who is singing show tunes when your kids come down the stairs in the morning. Made me chuckle just picturing it! :)

  • christina larsen - I love that tree!

  • Jill - These are my favorite pictures of yours!! Beautiful!!

  • Debbie C - These pictures are truly beautiful. Love them.

  • Ashleigh - I needed this. Thank you. Wishing you a wonderful day ahead.

  • Crystal - Such a lovely post, full of lovely photos, but I must admit one of my favourite lines is “I’m not a bubbly person – at any point in the day” :)

My friends Nick & Jaime Parker are ridiculously creative and talented with their hands. They also can’t stay in a house very long – so I kid them. Home renovations are their thing – where their talents and creativity shine. Like Chris and I, they have 5 kids. However, projects that take Chris and I six months to finish they can finish in six hours. I seriously cannot figure out how they start and finish so many projects. It is mind boggling.

They recently purchased a new-to-them old home and will begin renovations soon. Their current home was built in 1908 and they completely restored it. The home is full of so much character. It is one of those places you feel at home and in awe at the same time. Before they pack up and move, I asked if I could stop by and do a little photo tour of their home on my blog. I knew you guys would enjoy it as much as I do.

So…here you go The Parker Family Main Street Home.

3.15MainStRoughHousing-013.15MainStRoughHousing-023.15MainStRoughHousing-043.15MainStRoughHousing-063.15MainStRoughHousing-07The kitchen is my favorite room in their house. For those curious…they found the sink on Craigslist.3.15MainStRoughHousing-093.15MainStRoughHousing-103.15MainStRoughHousing-123.15MainStRoughHousing-133.15MainStRoughHousing-153.15MainStRoughHousing-163.15MainStRoughHousing-173.15MainStRoughHousing-193.15MainStRoughHousing-203.15MainStRoughHousing-213.15MainStRoughHousing-233.15MainStRoughHousing-253.15MainStRoughHousing-263.15MainStRoughHousing-27There are so many beautifully designed homes out there, but not a lot that are family friendly when you have rough and tumble kids. I love that their house is beautiful, but it is also lived in – welcoming and warm. It is a good place to visit. As I right this, I’m thinking Jaime I need to stop by for coffee!

Okay…so I know there are probably a million…What color of paint is that? Where is the kitchen sink from? Where can I buy ______?

The answer is: I don’t know.

Here is a link to a few posts about the restoration: http://blog.bornagainrestored.com/category/main-street-house/

I’ll try to convince Nick and Jaime to stop by here and answer some of your questions this week.


If you would like to follow the restoration/remodel of their new home or just follow their creativity in general, here are some links:

Blog: http://blog.bornagainrestored.com

Website: http://www.bornagainrestored.com

Instagram: @bornagainrestored @ba_restored #rough_housing #2015RedHouseReno

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  • Angie Merchant - I’m so glad you blogged about that cute house,every time on my walks I just fall in love and see something I haven’t seen before. They probably look out and wonder who keeps walking by our house. So glad I finally got to see the inside.

  • Ashley - Ditto! I am in Rose District quite a bit and always see this house! Beautiful and I love the sink!! Are they the BA Restoration peeps? I think they talked at Holiday Gathering a few years back and I have wanted to see their house ever since.

  • Tiffany - The yellow chair under the window, looks so cheerful and cozy.

  • Janice - Mmmm – lovely. I love that, like your family, it is a “normal” sized home. Not a huge one. I love the dark grey doors. Seeing the vision they had for the bathroom vanity rehab – amazing. Am intrigued by the door inside the mantle in the eating area of the kitchen. Does it lead to a cubbie?

  • Holly - I follow them on IG, and didn’t even realize it was the same house. Oops!

  • susie - Thanks! That sure is a cute house!

  • Brooke - That is ridiculous! I love it. Every single picture of every single room. So beautiful.

  • amber - Well, love that! So great. I wish we were brave enough to branch out & try our hand at renovating houses. Their house is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this! I’ll definitely go have a look around their blog later…

  • AndreaB - What a gorgeous home! So not what I was expecting from the picture of the outside. It looks full and spacious, modern and eclectic all at the same time! And I spy a bit of recipeforcrazy action too! :) just all round awesome.

  • Marsha - They were at a Christmas Gathering a couple of years ago! I missed their open house, but my heart just loves driving by there between antiquing and the bead shop and other runs through and around the Rose District so close to home!

  • Maureen - Thank you for sharing this! Loved the tour and the links. I’ve been thinking of going with darker doors and really like the darker gray used. I love beautiful reality in a home tour!

  • Diana - This is amazing! I love the mix of style, modernish vintage?? They did a wonderful job!

  • Jolene - Love, love, love this place! They are talented folks! Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin C. - hhmmm… if I were you, I’d try to get Nick & Jamie to stop by and finish the loft for you! :) hey – good friends right??

  • Tiffany - What a great site! The projects are so beautiful and creative. Suggestion…add the little buttons to easily follow the blog at the top of their page like Ashley Ann does for Bloglovin’? I will definately check back on them:) Love the angled corners of the walls at the bottom of the staircase! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing:)

  • Jeannine - Oh my. Dream house!

  • Katie - What a darling house! Their kitchen is so cool! I love the wood floors and the stove! Would love to know if they refinished the wood floors or purchased. And am quite curious what type of stove that is. They did such a wonderful job on this home! Very creative! Thanks for sharing.

  • ellen patton - Wow! I love their house!

  • Melissa - Oh my gosh that house is gorgeous! Love how they kept the charector but added fun modern family touches

  • Amy Cornwell - Oh my, this house is so beautiful. I love it all and have so many thoughts running around my head of how to implement things into our own house. Thanks for sharing!