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. 

december 21st- {gift}

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We visited with family, celebrated the shortest day, participated in traditions, ate delicious- homegrown food, played a new (and now much-loved) game by the light of the tree-in front of our solstice fire and then all drifted off to sleep early.

A perfect and Happy Solstice was had! Many Blessings to you and yours as the Sun gains strength this winter season! ❤

 

*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 20th- {twinkle}

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Twinkle, Twinkle…

This was an ornament we made back when PJ was just over a year old. Kevin made the star shape, I wound the wire and sprayed the glue. And PJ? Well he threw the glitter, some of it hit the star, most of it ended up covering the kitchen table and floor.

It still sheds glitter every time I take it out of the ornament box, every time his sister moves it to a new spot on the tree during her (now daily) tree redecorating sessions and every time I put it away until next year’s holiday rolls around.

Every time I watch as the glitter hits the carpet, smiling.

*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 19th- {in the kitchen}

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Yesterday the girl, my mama and I made Scottish Shortbread.

Today PJ joined us and we made my mama’s cutout recipe.

Three generations in the kitchen baking the family’s self-proclaimed holiday favorites.

The holidays may feel free to now commence. I am now officially ready enough…at least according to the crew! 😉

*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 18th- {handmade}

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Kevin’s hands crafting holiday gifts for the ones we love.

I am so grateful for this lifestyle that allows us to pursue our passions.

I am grateful for this husband who is strong enough to wrangle farm animals, throw bale after bale of hay, fix a tractor and chop wood.

I am also grateful that he is gentle enough to create such a delicate craft, as well as help raise our children just as gently and peacefully.

Thankfully, when I need it the most, I always find his hand, wrapped around mine, ready to walk alongside me- no matter how rough the path may be.

*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.