Wednesday, December 16, 2015

One Day

Morning.

 








  
 

Midday.



 


Evening.





This is the season of rising in the dark, of walks to school under lamplight.
This is the season of returning home, and firing up a hot cup of tea along with my computer.
This is the season of fuzzy socks, blankets, and the glow of the Christmas lights while the world wakes up, just a little.
This is the season of words, words, words, typing in yoga pants, showering at 2pm.
This is  the season of gray, damp days.
This is the season of therapeutic baking, homeworking, box top clipping, gift wrapping, violining.
This is the season of quick dinners, because routines matter even more when it's crunch time.
This is the season of all-day candles, messy surfaces, crafts to kill the pre-dinner hour, and saving the dishes 'til morning.
This is the season of books and Mad Libs, our Advent study (sometimes), bedtime prayers, and the hum of the furnace.
This is the season to live slow on the inside, leaning into sadness and joy.
This is the season of Homeland on the couch, hot peach tea, and reading one last chapter in bed...
before rising again in the dark.

This is my season of gratitude, thick and deep.

20 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful day. I love the wrapping paper in the basket. Ready to go & a decoration...you are so smart.

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  2. Lovely. This helps me lean into this season (of midwestern grayness) more deeply. But, btw, your kitchen scandalizes me with its order.

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  3. I totally own that same nutcracker wrapping paper... ♥♥♥ Love the glimpse into your day and the reminder to savor the season.

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  4. I love that, hundreds of miles away, a sister rises when I do. Our days are similar. I'm grateful for the sameness.

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  5. Beautiful post! So much beauty and fullness in our everyday lives. I sat at my kitchen table this morning with my bible, my Ann Voskamp advent devotional, coffee and cinnamon toast, watching the magic of the snow creating a duvet across my backyard. And I felt such a deep peace. It was probably the most holy moment of my day, and I'm delivering hampers later on today. Stillness. I run away from it, but I crave it. Anyway, now I'm getting off topic. Loved your post. :) And I love polkadots. Have white and black ones hanging in my house too. :)

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  6. luv it - my favorite time is that dark quietness before everyone wakes. I can hear them lightly snoring and it makes me so so very thankful.

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  7. Beautiful post! I am the Box Top coordinator for one of my daughter's classrooms. Even though I teach full time, I love being able to help the school! I always love how your house is so homey and warm!

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  8. That doesn't look like Cookie Crisp! :) Yes, I remember!

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    1. Ha!! I try to save Dessert Cereal for bedtime snack. ;)

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  9. That doesn't look like Cookie Crisp! :) Yes, I remember!

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  10. Beautiful photos. The ordinary can be so piercingly gorgeous, yes?

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  11. I love this for all the reasons, my friend! All of them!

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  12. I'm gonna need that recipe for roasted cauliflower if you use one. I'm trying to get on that bandwagon and am failing miserably.

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    1. Put foil on your baking sheet, put it in a cold oven and crank it up to 500. Yes.
      Chop your cauliflower and toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. (I toss with cayenne for a little spice.) When oven is ready, carefully pour it onto the piping hot baking sheet. It'll hiss! Roast for 6-8 minutes, until edges brown and crisp up. This also works like a charm with broccoli. I peel my stems (sounds fussy, but makes them more caramelized) and add a pinch of sugar with the salt. Squeeze lemon over them when they get out. (A must!) SOOOO good.

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  13. Thanks for sharing your day, real is beauty, and you my friend are beauty.

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  14. Your home looks so warm and cozy. Love it so much. Where did you get that mug rack that's hanging in your kitchen?

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  15. this makes me so smiley. and also proves how crazy far behind i am on reading blogs. ha ha ha

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