december 31st- {self}

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This wasn’t the photo that I had intended to take but, as usual, the day got away from me; guests were due to arrive, other things had to get done to prepare for more celebrations and I ran out of daylight. So, here I am, reflected in the mirror I inherited from my late grandmother, in less than great light.

I have so many thoughts bounding around in my head (which I think you can see in this photo.) Thoughts about this past month’s project, about 2013 and about what the coming new year holds for us and this homestead.

Hopefully I will find time to sit and write it all down over the next few days to share not only for you but also for posterity.

I wish a beautiful close to the year and a bright and promising 2014 for you all!

Much love as always,

Laura

december 30th- {libation}

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A rare moment where both kids went to sleep and both stayed asleep. We each grabbed a drink, took a little time to recharge before the next round of celebrations begin and discussed 2013. Here’s hoping your 2014 is full of love and good things.

Cheers!

december 29th- {glisten}

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I have loved sitting in the warm glow of the tree during these dark winter nights.

I’m not sure I ever really noticed the pretty pattern that the star reflects onto the ceiling.

Thankfully, we have three more Christmas celebrations to go, so I have another week to bask in it.

december 28th- {together}

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Together he and I went out to run a few errands. He needed to go to the feed store, I to the mill who processed our fleeces from last year.

Sans kids, just the two of us taking a short ride intending to quickly check things of that never-ending list of ours.

We laughed and joked, stopped for less than kid friendly snacks for the road, enjoyed a leisurely perusing of the wares being offered by our local farming outlet (yes, the things that excite us these days- Muck boots, water bucket deicers, goat minerals and so on.) We had unintentionally stumbled into an impromptu date.

As we loaded up the Jeep to head home I noticed the setting sun appearing just under the overpass, next to a rather ugly spot where the railway runs past the far side of the store. The rare winter sun shining warm and bright through weeds growing up the incline on the side of the road, next to a freight train sitting quietly on the tracks nearby. In the least likely of spots, where the unattractive surely outnumbered the attractive, such beauty that I asked him to wait while I climbed the hill and crouched awkwardly to snap the above picture.

A recurring theme I have found in my life. The most beautiful things, most beautiful moments, catching me of guard, occurring in the least likely of places.

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 27th- {joy}

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He is joyful because he was really ready to cut his hair and feel lighter. I think it also brought him a great deal of joy (as it did Kevin and I) to be able to give a gift to someone, a gift that we knew would mean so much!

There were no tears, no regrets. The morning of the 27th he asked if it was now long enough, and knowing that it was, decided today was the day he would cut all that hair, the hair he had been growing since he was two and a half.

He had been defined by his hair for years. Sometimes good, other times not. PJ and his long hair just always seemed to go together. It was almost as if it was a part of his personality, a dry sense of humor, a loud booming voice and blond curly hair- flowing behind him as he ran from one adventure to the next.

Truthfully, I think he was ready to cut it a few months ago but he was a couple of inches short of the donation guidelines so, he hung on a little longer because in his words, “there is some little girl who is going to need it and I’m gonna grow it for her!” I know that’s not the way it works, but he was so sweet and who would ever want to argue with the sentiment? Not me, that’s for sure.

The hair is gone. It’s no longer sun-bleached blond, it doesn’t hang in front of his face as he sits playing with his cars or running after chickens. It was time, he is carefree, no hair to untangle or put up before bed. No, now it will be there for someone else who was dealt an unfair hand; now they will be able to run from one adventure to another with flowing, curly, blond hair trailing behind them.

Joyful.

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 26th- {rest}

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Nursing their Christmas “hangovers,” a product of too much sugar, too much excitement and not nearly enough sleep. Also, PJ spiked a fever late in the day yesterday (his sister had one the day before Christmas Eve- with no other symptoms, as well) which broke sometime while sleeping last night.

So, Mama’s orders were to stay inside on the particularly cold and blowing day to work their way through playing with all the gifts they were blessed with.

Thankfully, that was acceptable to them and, hopefully, everyone will have a run of good health for the next long while. Fingers crossed!

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 25th- {family}

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Meant to share this yesterday.

The kids woke us at 7:30…later than expected! We spent the entire day in our pajamas, took all morning to leisurely open gifts and stopped in between to play with each one. We enjoyed a brunch prepared with products mostly grown/raised right here on the homestead, took naps and then watched movies, snuggled and snacked on the couch until it was time to crawl into bed again. Perfection!

I hope your day was as relaxing and sweet. ❤

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 24th- {light}

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May your day be filled with awe.

Merriest of Christmas and Happiest of Yules to all who celebrate.

 

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 23rd- {white}

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I know white flour is the enemy (and I only dare whisper the word gluten) but it is Christmas after all, and my children are part Italian and it would not feel like Christmas morning without my mom’s Panettone; lightly toasted and slathered in butter, of course!

So, here we are, mixing and kneading at nearly 10 pm so that the bread may rise next to the wood stove over night. Tomorrow we will add the nuts and candied fruits- baking it and filling the house with the smell of my childhood holidays.

Happiest of Christmas Eve-Eves to you all!

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well. 

december 22nd- {darkness}

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The longest night and first full day of winter were dark, dreary, cold and coated in ice.

As it should be!

I am glad to have spent it with family- safe, warm and surround by thousands of twinkle lights.

*Everyday this December I am striving to post a picture-a-day in the hopes of capturing the little moments that may seem ordinary at the time but, when strung together throughout this naturally hectic month, become the extraordinary ones that keep me ground until the new year. If you want to join me go here. I would love to share in your days as well.