I was trying to decide what to title this post, but all that would come out was “January.” I feel like January right now. All of it. Excitement for the new year, and nostalgia over time passing too quickly. The welcome calm after the storm of the holidays, and the mild letdown and winter blues that come along with it. Cold. Finally getting over a long winter illness. Still working on getting over holiday messes. Prevailing is the let’s-snuggle-together-under-a-blanket-and-read-a-book-together feeling.
I’ll put up the other posts I promised soon, I need to get my pictures together so that I can share our Christmas with you. For now I was just going to share tidbits from our home.
Sunshine is still feeling a little under the weather, so I’ve been snuggling her a lot. No complaints there, the house can wait. She’s crawling all over the house now and I’ll take all of the loving cuddles I can get.
Orator, what can I say, was talking up a storm today. Things like, “Go ahead and throw that back in the fridge now, Mom,” and “I don’t want nothing,” and “Don’t read it in Spanish, Mom, read it in English.” (I was reading it in English.)
Vi kept disappearing into her room today to play with her “children.” (She’d loudly protest if she knew I put that in quotation marks.) She has a dozen or so dolls and stuffed animals that she says are my grandchildren and that she can play with and draw and talk to all day. They’re quite an assortment, but she makes me think of Beth in Little Women and I think that it’s sweet.
Captain is pretty determined about his reading lately and has really been going at it. He’s also quite fascinated with the revolutionary war time period and we spend a lot of time reading out of books about it. And then he’ll get out legos or blocks or action figures and role-play battles with General Washington and the Hessians.
As for me, I continue to have life’s assortment of struggles and victories. I have a box or two of apples going bad in my kitchen because I haven’t found someone with time to help me make applesauce and I haven’t seemed to be able to pull it off myself. I read a stack of new-to-us books to my kids this afternoon and we all reveled in it. The meals I made today weren’t very popular, but our family night together was rich and simple and sweet.
My lessons that I am working on right now? Learning the meaning of unconditional love. Learning to abandon doubt and fear for faith and hope. Learning again that the most precious gift that I have is every moment that I have to spend with my husband and children.
I love my family. I feel so very blessed. I hope you have a wonderful new year.
How is January at your home?