The last 10 days have been nonstop. We don’t have a single thing on the calendar this weekend – not a party, or program, or practice – and I can’t wait to kick off Christmas vacation. I just have to power through this week and then I’m going to tackle that stack of library books, bake cookies, and play with my kids.
I’m making more of an effort to pick up my camera. Big and little. I fell out of the habit, but I’m trying to change that. I want to keep capturing the little snippets. They’re reminders of warm fuzzies and adventures and simple daily joys.
I’ve been doing a bit of reading. The one book I unabashedly recommend is “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes”. As a girl who has grown up on either side of Lake Michigan, and one who goes “home” to play in the sand and swim in the waters every year, this was a sad and hopeful read. I highly recommend it. Not just for those, like me, who have a personal love and connection to the lakes, but for anyone who thinks freshwater is important. (So that should be everyone.)
I’m almost finished with the second pair of socks. I didn’t have any time to knit on them last week and I’ll need to dedicate at least a couple of hours this week. They’ll be done in time but I won’t have a chance to get to Jesse’s. It’s a happy accident; this month’s yarn club was just delivered yesterday and it’s the most beautiful brown. They’ll make a gorgeous pair of socks so I’ll wrap up the yarn with a promise that they’ll be the first pair finished in 2019.
My Facebook and Instagram hiatus has been so good for my soul. I’m torn on returning to instagram (pretty pictures!!) but I’m pretty sure it will be awhile before I return to Facebook. It’s so much NOISE. I think humanity would be better off if we’d all just log off, spend a little more time chatting with our neighbors in REAL LIFE about the things that matter to us and why they matter to us. As my grandma says, maybe we’re not supposed to know about all the hurt going on in the whole wide world and instead fix what we can in our corner of it. It might be oversimplified wisdom for a knotty issue, but being someone that cries over people I don’t know and desires to fix things beyond my ability to fix, it’s wisdom I need.
On a less serious note, if you’re someone who likes Sudoku (or puzzles of any sort) or if you need a last minute Christmas present for someone who fits that description, the game above is called Colorku and I love it. It’s pretty enough that we have it left out on the coffee table though sometimes Violet likes to be sneaky when I leave it unattended and she moves the balls around so I can’t solve it!!
Finally, that picture of Abram in front of the microphone? It might be one of my favorites from all year. (This is where I skip the humble and straight up brag.) If you know my shy boy, you know standing in front of a church full of grown ups and singing is…something. But oh did he ever want that solo! And when the time came, he got up there and his voice was clear and calm and so sweet. I cried. I mean, of course, I did. And those chicklet teeth. They just kill me.
I think it’s probably unrealistic to expect I’ll be back before the new year, so I wish you all very happy holiday season. I hope you’ll drop me a line a let me know what you are up to these days – reading, thinking, watching, cooking. And whatever your -ing happens to be, I hope the long nights and dark days are filled with love, hope, mercy, and peace.