Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and joy and beauty in the New Year from Big Country and me:)
We’re in the thick of winter now, with snows blowing in weekly and surprise packages from family arriving at the post office for the holidays. We’ve had a casual attitude toward presents for Christmas, and so the kids have opened any gifts as they came in, spreading the cheer (and toys and cookies) a bit more evenly over the holiday season.
As this year comes swiftly to a close, I remember where we were last year at this time and celebrate how far we’ve come in our tiny house adventure, as well as in the life of our family.
Here are the moments of joy we’re thankful for this past month. And here’s to a New Year sure to be filled with interesting challenges and joys to come!
I Choose Joy December 2017
- Christmas Eve morning at our church and then lunch and dinner with two different special friends who live just a street away from one another. Delicious food, ping pong, sweet fellowship, and rolling out cookies with the kids.
- Firebell listening to the Creation story and calling the first man and woman “Autumn and Evening.”
- The kids excitedly looking for the sunrise every morning.
- Playing and relaxing for several hours at the festively adorned library, baby Hazelnut helping to decorate the felt tree. Rig and Firebell were convinced that the little felt ornaments were frying pans!
- The glowing colored lights of the feed store’s outdoor Christmas tree across the snowy pasture. Somehow, this lightens my heart as I carry water buckets out to the chickens.
- Talking and laughing with Big late at night under the loft’s string lights.
- Reading and discussing with Big two life-changing, complementary books: Your Money or Your Life and What Color is Your Parachute?
- Warm evenings together reading our Little House books.
- The Happy Haggis song, an unexpected favorite of the kids (and one that made Big’s co-workers burst out laughing when he played it for them). An unlikely cross between Scotland and the Disneyland tiki room, we can’t seem to get it out of our heads…
- Watching Rig and Firebell chase each other around the yard, following Mr. R. the farmer around, jumping, stretching out their arms to fly.
- Going on a little expedition with the kids to walk on a frozen creek, climb logs, and get a closer look at the neighbor’s two white horses.
- Firebell in her snow boots, flowy pink sundress, and blonde plaited pigtails. This moment in time.
- Watching the snow fall at midnight.
- Park and play at a friend’s.
- Firebell has decided: “I would like to move to the forest and live with the bears.”
- Booking flights to visit family in Arizona in January . . . for three weeks! Can’t wait.