I drove by Lake of the Isles this morning, and as the sun rose over the ice-capped water, snow sparkled in the trees and the clouds glowed a soft pink. My heart felt so full. Not only because of the scenery, of course, but the beauty of the landscape seemed to echo my feelings. Rain comforts the sorrowful and soft pink sunrises inspire the grateful.
Our wonderful holiday was filled with family and friends and love and cookies and snow. The blessings of the season were more than I could have hoped or asked for, and I returned home feeling overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. I worked with my thesaurus to find a single word to describe ‘fullness of heart’ or ‘a heart full to bursting’ but my efforts were futile.
I wanted to share a bit of our holiday with you. Or, more honestly, I suppose I want to record it here for memories sake. You don’t mind, do you?
Christmas Eve we took a family sleigh ride through the woods. The trip was as poetic as the thought, and the 5 degree weather ensured we were bundled and sipping cocoa for warmth.
We went to a candlelight church service after the sleigh ride, and, despite the adventures of the day, managed a game of Ticket to Ride before bed. In the morning, we exchanged gifts and watched how happy people get when you surprise them with something more perfect than they asked for. They say Christmas isn’t about the gifts, and that’s true, but I’m always touched by the generosity and thought that goes into even the most simple presents.
Can you tell I’m excited about the sewing machine? I’ve always wanted to make my own pillowcases, dresses, quilts, napkins, and, well, you name it, but I’ve never had the necessary appliance — well, guess what I’ll be doing in 2014? I’m already signed up lessons! If you have any favorite patterns, send them my way 🙂
The gift last in this post but first in my heart is a trip to Jamaica. Before I went into surgery, Jon told me that we would plan a sunny getaway as soon as I came home. That night, hopped up on meds and bundled in his arms, we watched TravelChannel videos and decided to spend a week in Jamaica.
To make the excitement last a little longer, we decided to book our hotel on Christmas night. So, as promised, we spent Christmas night reading reviews and planning the details of our Jamaica vacation. Our hotel is now booked and I’m so very excited about the getaway in just 3 weeks.
I’m forever grateful that Jon suggested the vacation when he did- the thought made me smile, and it gave me something to look forward to during a very scary time. What a loving heart that man has.
Oh, and you might remember that today is his birthday? I’m hopping offline now, and heading for the kitchen to whip up his favorite cakes and cookies and candies. He opted to work today, but we’ll have quite the celebration when he comes home at 5 o’clock.
Me and my full heart are signing off. Have a lovely day ❤