“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”
How are things this week, friend? Kevin’s mom and I are going to make lunch for the family to celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Wednesday. Pork roast, maple-glazed ham, broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, pineapple casserole, cranberry freeze salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, field peas, red velvet cake, apple pie and ice cream- Katie’s got it all written down on her little to-do list. We’ll take care of some of it on our side, and she’ll handle the rest on hers. And as she would say “we’ll all be full as a tick!” later that night. 🙂
(Katie’s ‘First Family Favorites’ cookbook published by her church.)
Steevenson says he “can’t wait to run downstairs!” that morning to see what Santa has left under our tree.
(My friend Aubrie came over and captured that cutie last night!)
I’m hoping to find an Instax camera for myself. 😉 I love the feel of the photos that they produce and I’m hoping to incorporate lots of them here next year. Because when it comes to catching up with friends who journal online, I have found that I am especially drawn to stories the snuggle up to images without all the fuss and Photoshop. Ones that make me want to lean in for a closer look. The smaller, darker, and blurrier the better because that just adds to the mystery- ha! Anything that feels like it was quickly and quietly captured…of a regular ‘ol moment in time. One that just happened, and then got SNAPpened- ha!
It thrilled my heart to read about Susan’s as-it-happened Christmas tree adventure:
“On the way home we popped into the Christmas tree lot on Main Street. Some of our one-way side streets are too narrow, we had to go around the block to get this baby home. Imagine this on the LA Freeway! Ha! They would arrest us!” – Susan Branch
And oh how I love the mystery that comes along with the little, unedited peeks Brin sometimes shares. Dimensional with their shadows and because of the stories that accompany them.
“Today I want to be here, in a glitter-roofed, church-turned-cottage with a pink gingham fence and one lonely tree…tucked deep inside a countryside of silver-blue quilted hills and gingerbread-smelling dales, I’ll be bundled ‘neath fluffy white covers, watching snow fall to the ground. And just before I go to sleep, as the winter fire slowly dies, I’ll hear it whispered in the candy cane wind: Christmas is coming. Christmas is coming.” – Brin at My Messy, Thrilling Life
And seeing this informal photo of my friend Shannan’s Christmas mug collection felt just like a chance to choose one!
“Changing out the mugs on my rack is my favorite rhythm for changing with the seasons. This is my personal extravagance, fueled by trips to the thrift store, and I’m not sorry. (Cory recently opened a drawer and went pale. “Did you know this is full of mugs?” Um….yes?)” –Shannan Martin
Shaye’s old-fashioned photos and every day stories always transport me in the war-fuzziest way too:
“Instead of grieving the loss of my garden and farm life through the winter, I’m opening my eyes wide to the world as it is right at this moment. All my beautiful plants are still living under the soil. Thousands of bulbs are tucked away under the leaves and snow. The branches hold onto the tiniest buds that spring leaves will sprout from. Hundreds of chickadees dance in the rose bushes. Hawks and crows dance among the clouds. The farm animals are tucked into the barn, fluffy with winter coats and pregnant bellies. The kids are reading and cuddling and playing. It’s all just as alive in the valley of winter.” – Shaye at The Elliot Homestead
(One of Steevenson’s classmates snapped this at his class Christmas party last week.)
Anywho…time to go “practice the ordinary art” of laundry. I’m fresh out of snuggly socks and this is the wrong time of year to be traipsing around barefoot. Cozy footwear at Christmastime is definitely of more importance to the soul than its simplicity might suggest, right? 😉
I hope you have a very merry (and cozy!) Christmas, friend. See you again here soon!
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