Friday, February 17, 2012

It's the little things....

I am very bad at taking little things forgranted at times...
Little things in our lives become normal to me and I just overlook them...
I really try to push myself to soak every moment in but sometimes it is hard...
Yesterday I was reminded of how "normal" to me, may mean something special to others....

I decided on a whim to take the boys on a walk...
{which is crazy because I usually only go when Jordan comes}
As we are midway through our walk I see another mom coming from the other end of the sidewalk...
She has 3 kids in tow...
As she nears I realize who it is...
It is a mom from our church...
We have never formally met but I always joke with Jordan that they are our new family friends....
{They are exactly like us from what I can tell...SCORE!!}
They have 5 adorable kids and are just the cutest family....

Well we were practically going to run each other off the sidewalk with our joggers...
Which meant we had to talk....
We both laughed right away because we knew exactly who each other was....
We chatted about kids, life and what not for a good 15 minutes...

During the chat she expressed how much she respected Jordan....
I was a little caught off guard....
She said she sees him walking to morning mass a lot...
I figured she would just joke about how he walks barefoot in dress clothes...
{most people are so curious about his ways}
Barefoot :)
But she said that seeing him walking in all types of weather strengthens her...
It pushes her to want to try harder and be better....
The way she described it was probably the sweetest thing ever...
I almost cried....
{darn pregnancy hormones}

She then went on to explain another thing Jordan does...
He sometimes will receive communion on his knees which is not very common...
Most people, including me, recieve it standing....
She said that it moves her deeply to see him doing it...
It makes the whole communion ritual much more special to her...
She can really place herself in the right frame of mind that she is receiving Christ not just a wafer...

I was really moved by her being so effected by the little things that Jordan and I see as normal...
It was just a great reminder that we can effect peoples lives without knowing...

You are all probably doing something each day that you don't even realize and 
It may be making a positive impact on someone else's lives...
Whether it be a simple smile, a "like" on facebook, leaving a comment....
Opening a door, saying hello, asking how someone is...
It is amazing to me....

At the end of the day...
Not only did she give me an amazing reminder of the little things...
Her and I really hit it off...
She invited me to a mom's group next week...
Her husband also does a Saturday morning book group which is perfect for Jordan...
It is so nice to finally get to know people from our parish...
Makes church feel even more like home...

Have a great weekend...
We are going to the zoo this afternoon...
More walking {come on Jude!} 
xox


9 comments:

  1. aww I love this post! sooo sweet! :)

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  2. I love this. You know He had a total hand in it too!

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  3. This is great... Jordan sounds like he has such a deep love for the Lord... it's beautiful.
    And I'm so happy you were able to connect with someone from your church. That's how it's supposed to be. We're supposed to have fellowship with other believers and keep each other encouraged and steadfast. Easier said than done when you've got kiddos... I know! I'm happy for you and encouraged too!

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  4. Yes! I guess it is easier to sometimes focus on the big picture and forget about the details. I am going to be more observant in church this Sunday! :)

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  5. This is SO SO sweet! Thanks for warming up my heart, my friend. XOXO

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  6. This is sooo awesome!!! I have seen things like this a lot this week for me!! Little things that may seem meaningless have become much more meaningful!! Great post!!!

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  7. Aww that is so nice. I bet you were on cloud nine! It's amazing that Jordan has been able to inspire her so much. Are you guys Catholic? Another thing we have in common!

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  8. As a fellow Catholic I find that pretty incredible too. That reminds me of my grandfather who would only ever go for Communion if he had just received Confession beforehand. He didn't feel right receiving the Eucharist otherwise, so he'd sit out during Communion or receive a blessing. I'm so jealous of you in that sense, Allie! Ryan has no spiritual faith and sometimes I worry so much for him! We did get married in my parish so we had to do the Catholic Marriage Preparation course and now he at least believes in life after death so I take comfort in that.

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