You know what is just the best? Only one of these pics is mine, which means my friends are adding beauty, too!
The way you are coming alongside me, friends, is truly exquisite! How lovely to see all of you recognizing the beauty in your surroundings. Both the breathtakingly artistic photos and the simple snapshots of moments appreciated are such sweet reminders that we’re not alone. Wouldn’t you agree? It’s nice to know that you mothers/friends/kindred spirits exist in the world and that you are pushing back against the darkness in such tangible ways. It may seem insignificant to you. It’s not.
Here are a few of the ways that January has been bright and beautiful for me…
Kelly’s post entitled, Hail January? My sentiments exactly. (Only she is wayyyy more eloquent than I could ever be.) Read it.
January is kind to us in making us reevaluate. The loud voices in our heads tell us to achieve more! Do more! Go further! January quietly suggests that it might be better to do well at those things we’ve already undertaken — for the glory of God and not ourselves, for the benefit of others.
Winter cleaning/ organizing/sprucing around the house is essential for me. I almost thought it wouldn’t happen this year. But then it did.
And I’ll just say that white paint is glorious.
My niece came and cleaned for me one day and when she was done, the afternoon sun coming through the windows and shining on the floors was irresistible for a photo, because, you know, NO DUST. ( I’m still trying to find a great frame and a good spot for this gorgeous print that my husband gave me for Christmas. Every day, I need to be reminded of the hope depicted here.)
Additionally, Paperwhites. I’ll never not have them during winter. Ever again. (Ever.)
I did some planning and re-vamping of our household chores and responsibilities during the first week of January. So far, things are running smoothly. I have a lot more time on my hands for fun and games and relaxed learning with the kids. This was all made possible because Sam has been carving out big chunks of time for me to relinquish some of my responsibilities and focus on my personal well-being. It’s been blissfully freeing.
The result of all this? A little more baking, consistent hot meals on the table, and books! Hooray! (Remember, dads, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” It’s totally true.)
We haven’t had much snow, but took advantage of the little bit that has fallen and attempted snow painting. The kids had a different idea than I did. They took the paint down with them in the sleds over and over, making rainbow stripes all the way down the hill.
I hope you’re able to embrace this last week of January. My plan is to be consistent in the small things, think ahead, and brace myself for February, our birthday marathon.