“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me now pass you by in a quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.  One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

-Mary Jean Irion

I read this quote a few years ago.  A few years ago when I was in the throes of trying to recover from my brain surgery.  When I had a baby and a toddler at home with me.  When I wondered how on earth my life was ever going to feel “normal” again.

And then the quote showed up again this week in my Pinterest feed.  And I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

I started my day today with the usual household stuff; getting ready for the day, feeding the kids and myself, making sure we all have everything we need for the day.  There were drop offs for both kids.  And then there was a workout at the new unbelievably amazing All In One gym with THE trainer that was responsible for getting me into crossfit in the first place.  When I was done, I came home, chatted with friends on the phone, talked to the Husband, ate my lunch…

And then it hit me.

I was HAVING A NORMAL DAY.

(sorry it took so long to outline my totally normal (boring) day for you all).

It’s taken a few years, a lot of tears, some trial and error, and there have been lots of bumps along the road, but life is back to NORMAL.

I have nothing but IMMENSE gratitude for all those that I encountered along this journey, for the experiences I have had, and for the lessons I have learned.

And for the first time in a long time I’m going to say this without worrying that I’m somehow jinxing it . . . I can’t WAIT for lots more of these normal days.

(yes, there were a lot of caps used in this post, but today kind of feels like a BIG DEAL kinda day that required the liberal use of the caps lock button)

(since today was so normal, I was also sorting through my photos for this week – more on my photo of the day project at a later date – and found this one from the weekend, that just seems to go so well with this post)

Started from the bottom . . .