Hello my friends! And Happy New Year!
Though I wish I magically felt refreshed by the flipping of the calendar, I (quite pathetically) stumbled into January exhausted from the holiday season and with a small head cold as an added bonus. So while many spent the beginning days of January beginning new habits or deep cleaning their house, I happily curled up in front of the fire, spent lots of time writing for myself, practiced my Italian verbs, and snuggled new baby lambs.
Yes! New lambs – can you believe it!
Without sounding too precious about it, I really felt grateful for the stillness that followed the holiday madness. I’ve never been one for the holiday madness. Since the beginning of our blog over a decade ago, we’ve always focused on the beauty in the ordinary. And true to form, I feel much better at an average Monday than I am grand events or gestures.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons I felt like making our new video this week – it is, as you’ll see, a celebration of ordinary. Farm chores, simple breakfasts, and gathering firewood. But it’s so much more than that. You’ll know it when you see it.
So we’re entering the year softly and slowly, focused on gratitude and feeling blessed by the new nostalgia that we’re creating together as a family. Ooh – and celebrating the delicious taste of nostalgia (which, in this case, tastes like homemade cream of wheat!).
I hope you enjoy.