Winter

On the eve of a new decade

Greetings from Lakeland on the eve of a new decade! It’s a cool and overcast day outside. Still, I brought the children to the park before lunch and we all enjoyed the fresh air.

We will celebrate quietly at home tonight, but before the fun begins I wanted to pop in and share some thoughts and reflections with you all here on the blog.

As the countdown to the new year and new decade commences, I think about how life has unfolded over the last ten years. In August of 2009 I began my senior year of college; by the time I graduated in Spring of 2010 Will and I fell in love and married less than a year later. Shortly after, I became pregnant with Piper. I am always hesitant about being overly sentimental on the blog, but suffice it to say that parenthood changed us for the better. Our life together started taking shape, depth and greater meaning. We learned to live for more than the moment, and for more than ourselves. Four years passed quickly by before I became pregnant with Rowan (I even had a stint as the manager of a local art gallery and of a midweek farmers’ market, simultaneously). What a gift it was to find out that another sweet soul would be joining our family. The children fill our days with laughter and joy, though it is true that parenthood has also been a long lesson in patience, compassion, and endurance.

2018 was a year filled with unfortunate illnesses as well as an unexpected move. After much consideration, we decided to become more inclusive with our diet and said farewell to veganism (a nearly 8 year lifestyle for us). I am so truly grateful that 2019 was a much healthier year for us overall. Any illnesses that did befall us, we seemed to fight off quicker than previous years. We are moderate with our dietary choices and, as I always tell people, I still love lentil soup!

This year I also joined a book club in an effort to connect with some of the mothers from my daughter’s school, and of course in an effort to read more. I haven’t always been an active participant, but I did enjoy the several books that I did read. I’ve read Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius, Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and most recently Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Between reading those for the club, I finished the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I am currently working on the second in the series, titled A Dragonfly in Amber.

I must bring this post to a close soon as my youngest is perched on my lap as I write this. I want to enjoy these snuggles while I can get them! Which brings me to one more point of discussion before I log off–

I’m going to be taking a break from social media (Instagram and Facebook) for the month of January to take time to reconnect with my family and have more time to pursue reading, outdoor time, exercise–life itself, really. Ironically, it is one of my favorite ladies on Instagram, Amanda Watters, who is behind this month of rest (as she calls it). To be honest I’m approaching this with a bit of trepidation. However, I hope to become more present and maybe even write more often here on the blog (a more positive and productive habit, I think).

As we say goodbye to this decade, we also remember the family we have lost. Our wonderful Granbee, we think of you often. To our beloved uncles and aunt that have also passed — we think of you and miss you, too. We honor the good memories and carry them with us always.

Happy New Year to all. May it be filled with joy, peace, love, family, health, adventure and opportunity!

Logging off now — see you in 2020.

W.

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