Friday, December 6, 2013
It has been so cold here for the past week. Just bitter temperatures during the day and night. No matter what the weather is, life keeps happening around us, with the new moon just a sliver now, but soon to be full. It changes every day, with or without our notice. Celebrations of our culture and beliefs also move on with or without us. This cold is good for drawing in and thinking and taking notice of this Advent season.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I've been reading the Little House series to Pieter and he loves it! He started the series with his Oma this summer and is still reading some of them over skype. He is enthralled with them so we are reading them again. In the Little House in the Big Woods, Laura talks about Jack Frost visiting them in the night. In this day and age of double pane glass windows, explaining Jack Frost to a three year old isn't very easy. Well, with our sub-zero temperatures, the garage windows were beautifully covered with frost this morning. A perfect example.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Pieter's fourth birthday is approaching and when I think about it, it always surprises me that four years have gone by. Every year we celebrate different things through the year in our personal lives and church lives: birthdays, anniversaries, remembrances of loved ones, Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas... Moving through this calendar every year brings comfort of knowing what comes next in this journey of unexpected twists and turns. Comfort is found as each day goes by in Advent, anticipating the baby that is to be born.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
We could see the cold weather coming, after our wonderful weekend. We finally finished planting all the bulbs on Sunday and yesterday Pieter and I raked the backyard and made a big pile by the compost for the kids to jump in. The snow came in the middle of the night and after a walk to the library this morning, Pieter was ready to play outside. He was probably out there for almost two hours. Completely content using his toys to snowplow the yard, just like Virginia Lee Burton's Katy and the Big Snow. If you haven't read this, you are in for a treat.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Another beautiful sunrise...
December is such a busy month for me. Not just full of holiday things, but also full of making and crafting for both of our children's birthdays. Pieter's is in just a few days and I still have a pile of sewing to get done. I wish I could get things done ahead of time, through out the year, but that just doesn't seem to happen. I need to slow down and think more deeply on this season of advent. It seems as though we reflect on the lenten season more than the advent season. I've decided to join Jacqui, the Barefoot Crofter, in capturing our Advent Journey this year. Mornings around here jolt into activity without a slow, contemplative process. As soon as the little ones start to wiggle, there is no quiet moment. I love this poem below and while I very rarely wake alone, I love the idea of waking the sun and kissing the stars goodnight.
When I wake in the early mist
The sun has hardly shown
And everything is still asleep
And I'm awake alone.
The stars are faint and flickering.
The sun is new and shy.
And all the world sleeps quietly,
Except the sun and I.
And then beginning noises start,
The whirrs and huffs and hums,
The birds peep out to find a worm,
The mice squeak out for crumbs,
The calf moos out to find the cow,
And taste the morning air
And everything is wide awake
And running everywhere.
The dew has dried,
The fields are warm,
The day is loud and bright,
And I'm the one who woke the sun
And kissed the stars good night.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Our mornings start pretty early around here with wiggles in the bed, sometimes at 5:30. We see beautiful sunrises and at Christmas time, nothing is better than going out to the living room and turning on the Christmas tree lights to warm up the dark room. Juliana is loving the tree and all the ornaments, especially the cats. This is her second Christmas season and her wonder is palpable.