From one journey to the next, there is always beauty and learning. Right as our lives had become unexpectedly absorbed with boat logistics, we set out for Breitenbush, a retreat to hot springs and mindfulness for body, mind, and soul. At a moment when we most needed to unite as a family, we had luckily organized a visit to a place where it is impossible to feel anything but love for one another. It was everything we needed- rest, time to simply BE together, nourishing meals prepared for us, warmth in fresh air, and a practice run for our upcoming road trip across America.
And then it was back to the frantic pace of the modern American Christmas. “How can this be?” I wondered. I try to keep it simple. Yet, somehow, I also want everything to be just right.
Grandma arrived the day after we returned, Winter Solstice. I spent the morning making everything ready for an evening celebration to pay tribute to the longest night of the year. We brought in our four year old live Christmas tree, small and majestic. We decorated her and enjoyed the best of holiday carols.
The next morning we took Joey to the train and settled into our new rhythm. As I hurried to play Santa and finish my gifts, the last of the packages arrived, and the girls eagerly found the anticipated candy tucked into the tissue paper by Uncle Ron.
Finally, at 1am on Christmas Eve, I threw in the towel and accepted that I would not completely finish the art totes for the girls. I had to find solace in simply enjoying their covers, the Crow and the Owl.
Once Christmas morning came, my whole body could finally relax and go with the flow. It was incredibly fulfilling to see that my girls found their greatest joy in marbles, books, and modeling wax. And then they spent the rest of the day wrapping and sharing presents with each other. Their whole beings were immersed in the pleasure of giving with love. Our hearts were overflowing.
And at the end of the day, we were most thankful for cooking together, sharing meals in mindfulness, being silly with laughter, and walking in the great outdoors with Grandma (and April, Jeff, Greysen, and Olive).
And now we prepare for the new beginning.
We are hoping that love and laughter are blessing all of your days!