so full of light

December rain. That’s what we’ve got going on here. A thunderstorm right on the brink of Christmas. Seriously. The wind is gusting; howling even. The weather feels very unsettled, but more like spring than winter. Looks like another non-white Christmas in Bugtussle this year. We’ll have to settle for mud instead. Ah, well… there are worse things.

Despite the rain and the mud and the perpetually gray skies (although the sun did shine a few days ago!!) and the dark nights made even darker by the new moon and the short days this time of year brings… I am finding that my days are filled with so much light. Not just the kind of light that you plug into an outlet, but light…

There have been lots of candles and little lights on the solstice tree. Glasses of wine and chocolate chip cookies. A turkey feast with Jesse and Hannah (who are working really hard to bring that baby into this world right this very minute!!!) There have been presents and glowing faces. A new puppy for Ira. Stories by the fire and warm cups of tea. There’s excited anticipation for a trip to Gammy’s for Christmas, ’cause Gammy knows how to make things magical for little kids (and big kids, too). So much goodness. So much light.IMGP0088IMGP0050IMGP0090IMGP0101IMGP0062IMGP0085So, friends, from all of us to all of you, have the happiest of holidays. However you choose to celebrate them, may you feel the light surround you… and then bask in it. 

 

inward

today dawned bright and frosty, the perfect december morning. my family slept in, unusual for us, but we returned home on the day prior late into that long night.

we delivered shares of seasonal bounty to our most devoted shareholders. filled to the brim with the health giving winter greens, we completed our farming work for the year with our most cherished “christmas basket” delivery and it was glorious.

as we awoke on this shortest day, the one that ends just as it begins, we had no agenda. when the sun shone, we knew we had to be outside, spending our waking hours enjoying this briefest day in her sunny glory. so, it is with a body tired from a long saturday delivery and a sunny sunday spent with my children and firewood that i prepare for the longest night.

with a full heart that i look ahead to the lengthening days and the promise that comes along with that. tonight as we dine on citrus and fresh sourdough bread, we will light candles and celebrate. there is much to rejoice in. wishing you all such joy in the days ahead, however you chose to celebrate this time, it is precious and holy.

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