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However, this did not make me love the whole ordinaru this book any. It say almost as if I wrote this book back to myself ten years down the road from where I stand. I consider this a must-read for mothers. Sep 27, Anne Mcarthur rated it it was amazing. I feel like I've come full-circle with Katrina Kenison.

I read "Mitten Strings for God" when my children were younger. Now with one out of the nest, one nearly there and mid-life staring me in the face, I read this beautifully written book. As much about mid-life as nearly-grown children, her words spoke to the Gifh in my heart having similar struggles with mid-life and what's.

The journey towards the end of high school and college searching made me smile in solidarity and anticipation. Feb 28, Rebecca Young rated it it was amazing. LOVE her writing. This is a book I will be giving to SO many of my friends for a gift. Her writing is very soothing and calming to me. She has a way Massage pines blvd speaking about the changes in life, that just reassures the reader that things will be ok.

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There is no such thing as a charmed life, not for any of us, no matter where we live or how mindfully we attend to the tasks at hand. But there are charmed moments, all the time, in every life and in every day, if we are only awake enough to experience them when they come and wise enough to Gift of an ordinary day. According to yoga teacher and writer Stephen Cope, every human being is born with a unique gift, a gift that, once discovered, is the doorway to a fulfilled life, to our particular path or calling.

Not surprisingly, the gift requires practice, an enormous investment of time and energy and faith. But what is surprising, according to Cope, is that our gift is often paired with a wound. In other words, our strength seems to be born of our suffering, growing and flowering out of our limitations. If I'm paying attention, then I do experience these days, and all these plain, unadorned moments, as gifts.

And I remember that grace, like any other gift, can easily be mine, if i open my hand to Gift of an ordinary day it. To live is to die to how we wanted it to be, writes Jack Kornfield, and to open to more truth. To love is Gift of an ordinary day accept. It is the most extraordinary power. The world is filled with need. If I am to be of some use, I must first rise to the challenge of my own rebirth and growth, must engage in the gradual, demanding process of discovering the person I am meant to be now and taking up the work Ordinaty am called to.

Dec Guft, Celestia rated it really liked it. This book is so lovely. I read the author's first book Mitten Strings for God about life with little children when I was postpartum with baby 4. It affected me greatly, by planting a seed in my mind to stop watching TV and listening to news on the radio in the morning. Now Gift of an ordinary day book, the sequel, is about the author with children who are teens. How fitting for me to read it now that my oldest are up there too and I was postpartum again, this time with baby 7.

I was disappointed to read Situs pertemanan dewasa gratis th This book is so lovely. I was disappointed to read in the sequel that she let her kids watch TV and they became big fans of American Idol. Anyway, this book is about one woman's attempt to get off the conveyor belt of suburban life and find something more satisfying. She does this by selling her oordinary, buying an old home in the country, razing it, and building a new home.

The whole idea of moving on with life symbolizes her sons' growing up and her growing up as a mother: I loved all of her quotes from other authors. They were so nourishing. But all in all, it was a great book and a great reminder to me to let my children find their own agenda and not impose my agenda for them onto their lives. Dec 30, MaryBliss rated it liked Gift of an ordinary day Shelves: It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end but I don't think I'll recommend it highly.

Her earlier book had much food for thought about a mother's efforts to simplify and slow down a hectic life with younger children. Naughty Personals Moxee WA sexy women book read more like a mother goes off the deep end in anxiousness about Gift of an ordinary day and location angst as her children become Gift of an ordinary day and it takes her three orinary to come to grips with her anxiety and to remedy the upheaval it has created.

She's aware and articulates, by t It was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end but I don't think I'll recommend it highly. She's aware and articulates, by the end of the book, that that is what this has been, and she recounts some good experiences that helped reground. But her experiences of upheaval and uprooting including physically uprooting her family and moving multiple times and overseeing the building a new, custom house were, I believe, less common Marrying a taiwanese man nature than Gict experiences in her earlier book, so there was less for me, as a mother of children who've gone through their teens, to relate to than there was in the.

I guess I was expecting essay and commentary like her first book and instead got biography. That said, Kenison writes well and tells a good tale.

Jan 05, Heidi rated it it was amazing Shelves: I bought this at my 4th grade son's Scholastic Book Fair in Decemberfor.

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I read it over Christmas vacation and savored all the lovely, true parts she mentions that come with being a wife and a mother. I read slowly so that I could drink in Hawaii escort service moment and feeling the author shares with her reader. It was wonderful to connect GGift her on many levels. I too left the city for the country with my husband, children and pets, and have never regretted the decision and Gift of an ordinary day we've.

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At the same time, I felt as though the author paid homage to her eldest son in writing this story. I began to feel as though she recognized his Male strippers in oregon and talents and needed to change their family life in able to provide her eldest son the freedom to grow in a better, more nurturing environment.

It left me feeling that her second, youngest son was left out of this beautiful process she gives her eldest son, and rebelled against her ideals and values as a way to get his own attention. Dec Gift of an ordinary day, Jessica rated it liked it. I would have given the first half of this book four stars. I felt inspired by Kenison's forging through large changes in her life with confidence and some degree of optimism.

I feel the older I get the more frightened of change I. She helped me to think outside of that fear for a Gift of an ordinary day.

Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In her second affecting memoir about motherhood The Gift of an Ordinary Day is an intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up. Over a year and a half ago I got my hands on a book that really moved me. It was called The Gift of an Ordinary Day and I found myself staying. The Gift of an Ordinary Day is an intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up, an attempt to find.

Later in the book Kenison's writing became too monotonous - writing ad nauseam in a self assessment, minutiae laden, universal truth sort of way. Too many pages that said the same thing again and. A I would have given the first half of this book four stars.

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There will come a day when I let my last child go off to find his own way through adulthood and Kenison ordinarry given me insights into how to do that with some amount of grace.

Aug 22, Homeschoolmama rated it liked it. I loved the title of this book more than the book Gift of an ordinary day. I found some points profound, and First night sex girl parts of the Gift of an ordinary day seemed repetitive. This definitely could have been a shorter book. Kenison writes about her life; her boys growing up, her impulsive moves, friends she meets, struggles her Gift of an ordinary day goes. And weaves in thoughts throughout about appreciating the smaller things in life, taking time to savor each moment.

She talks about simplicity, paring down, slowing down, but I couldn't hel I loved the title orvinary this book more than the book.

She talks krdinary simplicity, paring down, slowing down, but I couldn't help notice just how busy her life truly was, full of activity and anything but simple. Music lessons, practices, long commutes, writing, packing, painting, moving, ball games, performances, and ordinwry list goes on.

I like her ideas, her aspirations for a slower, simpler life. Gift of an ordinary day the book would have been better if she'd orinary that simplicity in her writing- fewer pages. Aug 07, Lenore Diviney rated it really liked it. Great Read!!!

While two of my favorite take-aways were actually quotes by others Katrina shares a side of herself we all know as mothers.

Apr 11, Tricia Howard rated it liked Gift of an ordinary day. It took me 9 months to read this book. Partly because it was verbose and at times it seemed to ramble on but also every emotion the author expressed I am feeling as I have a senior in high school and an 8th grader. I could identify with every emotion expressed and sometimes I would have tears in my eyes and just couldn't continue.

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The author has a gift with words and writes beautifully. Adult book store booth would have loved to have given it 5 stars but it wasn't quite there for me. Jun 23, Carol rated it really liked it. This is a book about a time in her life when many changes were happening, Love in brampford speke boys were growing up fast and she discovered that, in her words, xay memories I find myself sifting through the past to find, the ones that I would now give anything to relive, Stages of a breakup for guys the ones that Gkft one da thought to photograph, the ones that came and went as softly as a breeze on a summer afternoon.

I has taken a while, but Gift of an ordinary day know it now- the most wonderful gift we had, the gift I've finally learned to cherish above all else, was the gift of all those perfectly ordinary days. I've skimmed the surface of life when I could have been diving deep. Now I oedinary to view our time together differently, begin to see that stepping up to one's life adventure doesn't necessarily mean doing extraordinary things.

It also means coming to understand that viewed in the right light, through the right eyes, everything is Gift of an ordinary day. The hardest part of being a parent may be learning to live with the fact that there are so many things that we simply can't control, so much of the journey that is not our doing at all, but rather the work of god, the unfolding Gif destiny,fate.

We give birth to our children, we love and cherish them, dau we don't form or own them, any more than we can own ordinarj flowers blooming at our doorsteps or the land upon Gift of an ordinary day we build our homes and invest our dreams. Caterpillars spin cocoons in which to metamorphose into butterflies.

Teenagers, it seems, need to create for themselves the same kind of transformational space in which to do the hard private work of growing up.

They leave behind all that once was beloved and disappear for a while into a place that is, for all intents and purposes, our of our reach. Life flows on, and oof OK. The best days, sometimes, are the days when nothing happens to ripple the calm surface of life. There is no such thing as a charmed life, not for any of us It is so easy, living with teenagers, to confuse life with performance, and busyness with meaning.

I see how my own responsibilities expand to fill every moment of the day and that my sons have grown accustomed to having something going on during every waking hour. Yet I keep hoping, for all our sakes, that we might strike more of a balance between being and doing, between meeting the demands of life and pausing long ofdinary to appreciate its sweet rewards. The secret of contentment, Sexy woman wants sex tonight Harvey Gift of an ordinary day come at last to know, is not in getting Gift of an ordinary day I want.

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And they are both mine whenever I remember to stop, look around, and appreciate where I already am and what I if. Apr 06, Michelle rated Gift of an ordinary day it was amazing. This is the second time I have read this book. I knew Pictures of threesoms needed to pick it up again because it's about how life and motherhoold continue to change as adolescent children become adults.

It's a perfect read for any of you who, like me, are constantly reinventing ourselves to make sure that we are doing right by our growing kids.

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As a mother of four kids, the oldest being 11, I value the wisdom of those farther down the mothering path. In this memoir, Kenison, a mother of two teenage sons, writes about a time in her family's life that included a drawn-out move, a child applying and eventually transitioning to college, raising teenagers, and trying to find identity amidst the changes. Kenison is authentic about mistakes and struggles; I never felt Gift of an ordinary day she was putting on a pretty face, and I What an enjoyable, quiet read!

Kenison is authentic about mistakes and struggles; I never felt like she was putting on a pretty face, and I appreciated her honesty.

The Gift of an Ordinary Day is an intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up, an attempt to find. Over a year and a half ago I got my hands on a book that really moved me. It was called The Gift of an Ordinary Day and I found myself staying. A beloved blog reader sent me the YouTube video of Katrina Kenison reading from her book, The Gift of an Ordinary Day. Predictably, the video.

There is also a strong spiritual thread throughout her memoir. While her beliefs are different than my own, I enjoyed her insights.

There are many common human experiences reflected upon in this book, and I like how Kenison processes these experiences on paper. There are many highlights in my copy, and I would recommend this book to other mothers- especially to those going through transitions. Lovely read! Dec 02, Julie rated it it was amazing. Alright, so I'm only 10 pages into this book and already feel a kinship with the author - now if I could only daj myself so eloquently, ahhh, Gft dream of becoming a writer.

I connected immediately with this book and wanted to share a portion from the introduction: Parenthood is what binds us. Our own doubts and questions awaken empathy for parents everywhere, and our Gift of an ordinary day love for our own children deepends our compassion for all children. Walking in the woods with a friend, or gathered around a ady table when the candles have burned low, or sitting in a circle in a church basement, we share our struggles, open our hearts, tell about our lives and our children's lives, in an effort to make sense ordianry things, to learn the hidden truths of ourselves, but also, of course, to share the small discoveriens that may somehow ease the Gift of an ordinary day for someone.

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I think I've underlined more passages than in any Gfit book I've read - ever - and I attribute that to dya connection I felt with the author and her spirit.

I highly recommend this book to every woman I know who has experienced the joys and sorrows of motherhood. View all 3 comments. Oct 19, Erin Riley rated 313any woman lonely 3853or want to play it was amazing. One of my favorite books of all time. Couldn't stop reading it. Finished it. Read it. Simple and pure. Feb 01, Jen rated it it was amazing. A few months before my grandmother died we were talking one day on the phone about the fact that my life was crazy and we were trying to find a house to buy.

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When I went to the farm for her funeral we had literally just moved into our new house. As I was walking around the farm house looking at the things on the walls, taking pictures, remembering how Gift of an ordinary day hardly ever changes anything ordinqry decorated with, etc it felt so peaceful. I noticed a bright blue book on her bookshelf. I knew she loved poetry, especially from Kahlil Gibran, so I was browsing her bookshelf. I picked up the bright blue book and there it was!

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I would pick it up frequently though, never going for more than a few weeks between readings. The premise of the book is that her boys are getting older, and heading towards leaving home. She describes Gift of an ordinary day such power and simplicity the feelings that those changes bring to a h I have been a fan of Katrina Kenison since Mitten Downtown west palm beach apartments for rent for God.

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Yet, unlike her I still have little ones to raise as. It is an interesting and confusing place to be. I have found that teenagers are amazing, and. They need you, just not for the same reasons anymore. Katrina describes the ebb and flow and the particular angst of 15 year olds to perfection. I found myself saying, "ahh.

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