The Extraordinary Ordinary

“Do not look at the faces in the illustrated papers. Look at the faces in the street.” –G.K. Chesteron

This was the quote we chose as the banner for our “trip around the world” site, which we called “Faces in the Street.” It says everything we wanted to say about why we traveled for nine and a half months. We wanted to meet those faces on the other side of the globe. We wanted to hear their stories. We wanted them to become real. This blog is about the stories right here at home, because we all have stories to tell. The “Stories in the Street.” There are stories in homes, grocery store aisles, and cafeterias. I want to hear them. I want to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” (Henry David Thoreau) This is where I’ll share my stories. I hope you’ll share yours, too.

I came across a Jacques Cousteau quote that says exactly what I want to say about life, my writing, and this blog. “When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”

We all lead extraordinary lives. The extraordinary can be found in the most ordinary things. A leaf with fuzzy balls on the back. The first hint of a tomato. Coming home with my arms full of groceries to find an elaborate dart game taking place in my living room. I’m talking take-the-picture-off-the-wall-and-mount-a-target elaborate. Of course extraordinary can be found in the big moments of our lives, too. Our trip around the world. A first book contract. The adoption of a child.

I begin this blog on the cusp of big adventures, and small ones. I’ll be sending a middle grade manuscript to agents in the coming weeks. Our family recently decided to adopt a baby. And I just planted my first tomato plant. Ever. If it is successful, it will be the first time I’ve ever grown something I can eat.

I write this blog because I want to share my adventures, big and small, with others. I want to encourage others to share their stories with me. I’m a lover of stories, big and small. If you’ve found your way to this page, maybe you are, too.

Check back  for updates on manuscripts, babies, and, hopefully, tomatoes.

11 thoughts on “The Extraordinary Ordinary

  1. Well I pray for growth for….the surely precious baby, volumes of text, and plump juicy tomatoes that you will devour rather than the squirrels!

  2. You know we are all anxious to hear about the newest member of our family. Can’t wait to hear the stories that lead us to her. Of course, I also want to hear the events that lead to your first published book….of course I get dibs on a autographed copy for bragging rights! The tomato plant should be interesting to hear about….if you took after mom (sorry mom) there isn’t much chance of its survival 🙂 Looking forward to all your updates.

  3. We are thrilled to know that God already has plans for a baby in need somewhere! That baby and his mother don’t even know it yet! God tells us He is ‘preparing a place for (us) in Heaven.’ which is similar to Him preparing a place for this baby.

    I can relate to you on the tomato level. I have had my eye on my first ever tomato plant, too! 12, small green tomatoes are slowly turning into giant, red ones! We picked our first one the other day. Shawn suggested we place it on the patio table in the sun to let it ripen one more full day. We finally brought it in at dinner time. We carefully sliced it, making sure to not waste any of it, sprinkled it with salt and looked at each other before trying it as if to say, “Here we go!”. It was wonderful! It was so satisfying knowing we could grow our own food!

    It’s fun ‘doing life’ alongside you. We wait anxiously and joyfully for your new arrivals!

  4. Meredith, we look forward to “walking” with you on your journeys and we love your writing!! We also love people’s stories. Thanks for sharing yours and encouraging others to share as well!

  5. Deanne, I am jealous of your tomato feast! Leslie, I will break the non-green thumb cycle and grow some good ones. And to all, thank you for commenting-Spring is certainly a time to be growing things, and this may sound weird but I feel like I’m growing a baby, even though it’s not actually in my belly. That tomato plant is just one of the manifestations . . .

  6. OK…..a green thumb I do not have……but arms to rock and cuddle that sweet baby I do! Loved reading the blog and the comments……can you believe it???I’m reading a BLOG…..thanks for sending it to my Inbox because I have no clue how to find a BLOG…..what does B-L-O-G stand for? Call me obsessive but why are Barrie and Meredith’s comments timed at 10:15pm and 10:19pm and my watch and clock say 8:40pm????? Time Travel????

  7. Love it Meredith!
    I’m so glad you and Clay are not being stingy with your extraordinary life! Thanks for sharing! We will enjoy your creative writing and will be praying that this spring will be most fruitful for your family! 🙂

  8. Sweet Meredith,

    The journey you & your family are about to embark upon will certainly be filled with many twists, turns, joys…and possibly disappointments. Knowing you all, though, your trust is in Him & His plans will always be to prosper you! We will love reading about your walk, and your writing style is so fun! Please know we will be keeping you in our prayers. We’ve been down this path, and it makes me teary-eyed (in a positive, wonderful way!) thinking about where this journey will lead. Love to you all! Erin

  9. I applaud you in this adventure as well as your previous. I loved reading your blog then and know I will enjoy it now as we vicariously live through your adoption process. I’m sure this blog will be the beginnings of a great book! Good luck! and thanks for sharing your life with us.

  10. I’m excited to read your newest adventure. And can’t wait to snuggle your newest addition! Love you.

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