october has long been my favorite month. there is so much pastel beauty in the spring, vibrant primary colors in the summer, but fall is reserved for oranges and rusts, reds, and browns…colors that i’ve always found comfort in.
this month, i’m taking part in a blog series called “31 Days” hosted by several bloggers, but is the brainchild of The Nester.
i’m excited and daunted once again at the prospect of posting every day in the month of october…but i’m on a roll of breaking out of my comfort zone, so i’m going to do this!
“31 days of sowing and harvest ~ quotidian comforts”
quotidian: occurring daily; ordinary; commonplace.
i plan to spend october the way i always do: as an introspective. i think “harvestime” is a good fit to spend contemplating our daily lives and what it looks like in each season of the year. i plan to spend time going through my daily routines as a wife, mother, teacher-to-my-kids, domestic goddess, or what-have-you and really contemplate why i’m doing them.
each of us have quotidian callings or comforts. my challenge this month is to share my daily life in a way that shows my readers (and me, because some days i need a reminder!) why we are called to different passions or callings in life, and how we can live our callings to the best each and every day.
i want to move far away from the “mommy wars” between women who choose to stay at home or women to work and raise a family; between the faith-based households, and those that don’t claim a faith; between homeschoolers and brick-and-mortar-schoolers. this series will have nothing to do with comparing.
i hope that through my series, you can rekindle your passion to your calling, whatever that may be. even it’s the exact opposite of my calling.
my calling is a stay-at-home, homeschooling, homesteader, and homemaker. so you will be reading a lot of these particular subjects this month.
several years ago, i was moved by Kathleen Norris’ short book, Quotidian Mysteries:Laundry, Liturgy and Women’s Work: “Laundry may seem an odd element in the realm of religious worship…but [Norris] points out that “women’s work” such as laundry, cooking, and cleaning, done repeatedly on a daily basis and seemingly never to completion, can be approached in the same manner as liturgy. If seen as endless and dreary repetition, these domestic rituals become mindless activities to be gotten out of the way. When considered in terms of their enormous life-giving importance, the feeding and clothing of a family and maintaining of a household can be undertaken in the contemplative spirit. They become, like prayer and worship, acts of love that transform us and, in turn, the larger world around us. An uplifting book of inspiration, this is filled with humorous insights that will be enjoyed by readers unfamiliar with Norris’s other work.”
i love the idea of our daily work being a offering of prayer. i hope that by the end of October, we’re all calling our daily work offerings of prayer and praise, no matter how the world sees our lives.