Thursday, January 1, 2015

hope smiles from the threshold

“[I]f this life of ours
Be a good glad thing, why should we make us merry
Because a year of it is gone? but Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, 
Whispering 'it will be happier'...” 
― Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Today I did exactly what I love to do on New Years Day:  I worked out this morning, and then spent the rest of the day cleaning. YES. I love the holidays, and as soon as they are over, I get super motivated to organize, declutter, and streamline for the new year. I packed up things to give away, and threw out many bags of trash. All day I thought about what a blessed thing it is to have a home with so much love, and so many things, that there is actually stuff in excess, more than we need.  

What a year was 2014.  Everyone stretched into this new space that is our life.  Kids grew and laughed. There were 1001 lovely things.  Good meals, happy home, family and friends all around. And that would have been way more than enough, but we also had a wedding, ran a marathon, and went to Italy. And yet we all have this exuberance heading into a new year, sure that the goodness will just keep coming.  The sky was so pink and pretty tonight, so full of promise.  Did you see it?

Part of my clean-up today included getting all of the photos off my phone and camera, and lo and behold, I realized how long it's been since I've posted.  I have over a month of photos, and it was a lovely month!

 Look how beautiful and wintry it is here in Maine!  Just kidding, these are from November.  We actually had hardly any snow in December.  

 Our skis are ready to go, but we haven't used them yet.  What have we been doing instead?

We re-did Reed's bedroom.  BEFORE: (We peeled the wallpaper that had been there since Hillary was born, and re-plastered the walls.)

Reed was thrilled, and we were exhausted.

BOTH kids are playing basketball which was a given for Reed, but for Skyler, joining the team was a leap of faith and we are super proud of her for doing it. Turns out, she loves it.

We had an unbelievably wonderful December and holiday season full of everything I needed.  We ate well, baked a lot, prepared gifts, and soaked in the coziness of the Christmas season. 

twenty minutes after this very sweet moment, the tree fell over and all the ornaments fell off.  

it's tiring to be such a good girl.

Skyler followed through with her idea to make fleece blankets for kids in the pediatric ward at the hospital.  Just before Christmas, she made the delivery.  I honestly take no credit for this girl's generosity and empathy. She truly understands the Christmas spirit, and I'm just lucky to be her mom.  

Christmas Eve candlelight service

 Reed was more focused on what Santa would bring, but he had his sweet moments too.

We spent Christmas morning all together, four kids, two of us, and both of our moms, packed into this room bursting at the seams with generosity, love, and gratitude.  Plus, I made cinnamon rolls, bacon, and egg strata, and for dinner, pulled off beef wellington, because I am my mother's daughter.

Christmas loves x 4

the prettiest thing I made in December:  fig, olive oil, sea salt challah
Honestly, I am still not convinced that this life isn't just a figment of my imagination.  How lucky can one person be?

Tennyson says that this year will be even happier?  Okay.  Let's get going on that.
Happy New Year to all of you.