Madison is at college, and the younger kids are a spiritual retreat this weekend; therefore, the house is quiet. Ken and I are lounging around this morning, him Skyping a friend from England, and me relaxing with my computer and reconnecting with the world. Every time I think I could get used to this kind of quiet, I remind myself that I can enjoy this thoroughly, knowing that my kids will return home soon. If they were permanently out of the house…it would be a different story.
Anyway, I find myself reflecting on our new life in Dallas. I am dreaming about how to craft the rhythm that we want, how to stay connected in a city that tends towards isolation, and how to replenish myself by pursuing my hobbies and passions. Those are big issues to me, but ones that could slip into oblivion if I don’t strategically and intentionally create them into existence.
So this morning, I am thankful for:
* Bright red pillows on a cream couch.
* The chill in the air.
* The space to create and dream.
* Fall decorations.
* New beginnings.
I pray that you can insert more of yourself and your dreams into your day today!
We are complete again! Our eldest came home from college on Thursday. Woo hoo!
For us, the holidays will really begin today, as we get to watch my youngest dance in the Nutcracker. For over 14 years, we have been attending the Nutcracker to watch one or both of our daughters dance. This will be the first time we’ve watched the performance with our eldest sitting in the audience with us.
So that I can really focus on my family for the remainder of the holidays, I am not planning on posting this week. Therefore, I will take this opportunity to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I hope your holiday is amazing, playful, and replenishing!
This week I am grateful for:
* Reading aloud with my kids.
* A furnace that kicks on.
* Spanish and Art tutors for my kids.
* A book study with great, wise, and fun ladies.
* Getting to watch my youngest in the Nutcracker, sitting next to my eldest, my husband, and our dear, dear friend. Priceless.
Today has been a might busy day. Lots of errands, Nutcracker/ballet rehearsal drives, and snacks to be purchased. Tonight I am hosting a Christmas party for the youth of our church. It won’t be huge…our church is new and only has a handful of youth. But nonetheless, I have invested a good deal of time getting things ready for tonight. I am not normally the party hosting go-to person, but I wanted the kids to have a get together of their own, and thought that I had the emotional energy to do this one!
Because my time is short today, this post will be short. But I still did want to check in to take a moment to reflect and be grateful. This week I am thankful for:
* Christmas ornaments that have so many memories attached to them.
* Christmas music that also stir memories and nostalgia.
* Silly Christmas videos.
* Snow globes.
This week, my family and I went to our city’s Christmas tree lighting celebration. The city makes an event out of it by having a line-up of local entertainment, having a carnival alongside the tree, providing carriage rides, and having characters walking around to provide picture opportunities.
(Because every holiday celebration should include Ronald MacDonald!?!?!?)
This week I am thankful for…
* Christmas decorations
* Family traditions
* New friends
I hope that your week is full of memory-making opportunities, and lots and lots of lights!
My Thanksgiving in pictures…
A post-meal game of football in our local park…
This week of family, celebrating, thankfulness, food, football and playfulness has been so refreshing! I hope it has been the same for you.
As we get ready to drive our eldest back to college and begin the new work week, I take with me a treasure chest full of amazing memories and a heart full of encouragement.
This week I am thankful for:
* The ability to create a great Thanksgiving dinner.
* Family traditions.
* Lots of laughter.
* A family that really enjoys each other.
* The smell of a pine tree in our home.
Last night my husband pulled in from a very long day on the road (thanks to traffic in New York City), traveling to pick up my college daughter bringing her home for Thanksgiving. I can’t tell you what a feeling of completion it is to have her in our home again. The cheer that runs through my mind is that we are 6 again!
Today most of my family is going to attend the Yale-Harvard game – a big deal where we are. Football on a cool Fall day is a great way to start off the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving in our home this year will be really quiet. Over the past years, we have hosted 20+ people with several tables spread throughout our home. That has come with piles and piles of food, great conversation and lots of energy. That energy has become as much a part of the holiday as the decorations and place settings. But with a huge chunk of our friends moving away, we find ourselves starting over. This year, we will celebrate with two great friends.
We asked a lot of people to join us (we probably made 40 invites to various friends), but everyone is understandably committed to their friends and family. So maybe we’ll just open our front door and see who stumbles in!
As we look at a new landscape of seasonal celebrating, we find that we’re thankful for so much.
* My daughter is back home from college!!!!!!
* Our home is warm and lovely.
* All of us are healthy.
* We have a full refrigerator and the capacity to make amazing food.
* We have great friends spread throughout the country with whom we will be celebrating – even if long distance.
I pray that your Thanksgiving is energetic and peaceful at the same time, filled with family and friends, and a creator of amazing life-long memories. As you prepare for the festivities, keep you focus on gratitude and love. You are blessed!
(Picture taken at the Yale Golf course.)
What a lovely week it was! For the majority of the days, the weather was above average and perfect. The kids and I skipped part of school on Tuesday to play a quick game of tennis. It was a great time to be a resident of the northeast.
Having started with saying that we skipped school, though, we actually got a lot done in school this week. That is a good feeling – to be able to look back on the week and know that you accomplished a lot.
This coming Friday we’ll drive to Pennsylvania to pick up our eldest from college. I can’t wait, and figure that I might just have trouble concentrating on anything but getting to have her join us again. It is good that this last week was productive, because this week just might not be…
This week I am thankful for:
* A string of beautiful days to drink in
* The way the leaves, as they collect on the streets and sidewalks, bounce around. That makes me happy.
* A spontaneous lunch with my husband.
* Candles that smell amazing.
* A warm scarf around my neck.