Monday, January 5, 2015

holiday healing















  • winter is here. there is such a beauty in it. the simplicity? maybe. grays, browns, so many shades of green... naked branches twisting up into a white sky. the dark and cold pushing us in to rest whether we want to or not.
  • there are three calves. the third was born christmas eve. he is all black and his name is coal. with all of the holiday chaos he was never banded... so now he will be "big black coal the bull"... doesn't that sound like trouble?
  • our after the holiday quiet has just begun. it is such a wonderful thing... all of the gathering together, and quality time connecting with our loves. but after it's all over... the quiet and stillness is just as wonderful... and so needed.
  • i mentioned before that we were going to do our gifting differently this year. there were three family gifts: the microscope above, a world globe with some (used) geography books and atlas's... all intended for children, and their own stamp carving supplies and ink pads. then they each got one individual gift. it was perfect.
  • i have finally started reading a fiction book again, and i love it. i knew i wanted to read this one, and with a name like "the snow child" i also knew that i wanted it to be a winter read.
  • an impromptu tea party... because they asked so sweetly. five minutes. hot herbal tea, toasted cinnamon bread that grandma brought from great harvest, and a chilly winter breeze. it is always such a simple and easy way to connect with my girls. and each time i'm reminded why i need to say "yes" more often.
there is a season of rest and recovery ahead...
and the golden opportunity of a new year... full of possibilities and surprises...
i just LOVE a fresh start.

5 comments:

Kim said...

Just beautiful. Those calves are so precious. And the tea party, I wish I could have been there :)

Enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with this time of year, and the freshness of a new year.

PS I received some mail from you today, thank you! It is beautiful, and is currently hanging on the door of my craft cupboard. Thank you. xo

summer said...

Jenny, all of these photos make me want to come over (with Ellie of course) and have tea with all of you, frolic in your meadows with the sweet calves and talk about our goals for the new year! Lovely post! I spy a bookmark i recognize too! ;)
I received your goodies in the mail too and was touched by your generosity and sweetness!!! Thank you friend.

susan said...

Love your photos and sweet post. It looks like you had a wonderful tea party. Like you, I love the quiet that comes after the holidays. It feels so good to settle down and reflect on all the things that are important to us. So glad I found your blog.

jenny said...

i wish i could have you all over for tea :) it would have to be longer than one of our typical five minutes parties though! kim and summer... i am so glad you both enjoyed the goodies :) and susan... thank you so much! i am so glad that your here :)

nichole said...

I hope January is treating you well! I have no words to express how much I loved The Snow Child. You picked well! I hope you enjoy(ed) it as much as I did. Happy January!

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