The Sweet Ordinary

On a late summer morning, as the sun streamed through the window, I sat at my desk and stopped for a moment. I heard a radio blasting a popular song through the hallway, muffled sounds of my daughter talking on her cell phone in her bedroom, the washing machine rumbling in the laundry room.

The sounds of an ordinary morning made a catch in my heart. I knew it wasn’t going to last. Change is around the corner. My daughter will be leaving for college soon and those noises will move with her.

It was just that for one moment, I stopped, paused, and really soaked up the sweet ordinariness of family life.

Too rare, too rare.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. ElizabethMThompson says:

    That’s so precious Suzanne!

    My daugther is away doing missionary work and I miss the “sweet ordinary” of her presence.

    Enjoy this season, and the next!

  2. Ann says:

    not that anything that happens here in my house is “ordinary”- but I miss whatever happens on a daily basis. Our two daughters are away at college and life is quiet. I look forward to their next visit!