Monday, December 21, 2009

The beginning of winter...

... and the longest night of the year. Here in Western North Carolina, we are experiencing the biggest snow storm we've had since 1993. I'm feeling so many emotions on this Winter Solstice, so I'll share.


Awed... by the shear enormity of it all. I am so small, and in reality, I have so little control. Many of our friends and family members have had struggles during this time. So many people have lost power and one can only imagine what it would be like to be without a home.

Grateful... for the blessings and the unexpected bounty of this past year.
Amazed... by the beauty of it all. Enough said.


Joyful.... it has been so much fun to play like children, and stop for a few days all of life's commitments.

Sad... just a little bit, because I was looking forward to an evening with good friends tonight to celebrate the solstice. (Those friends are healthy and well, just stranded in their home so we'll see them soon.)

Expectant... in my own imperfect, optimistic way. I am looking forward to all of the good that is to come in the next year. This night... tonight, marks the longest, and in my mind, a magical one of the year. So I will just say, because I can, "Peace be with you my friends." In our hectic world, it is just fine to live with a lovely mixture of imperfection, comedy, joy, and grace. We all do the best that we can.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

Dona nobis pachem...

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous....They truly captured the essence of your writings. I especially loved the one with the red berries. Thanks for sharing.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Amen sister! Snow is so magical, I miss it so much. Makes the Xmas lights extra twinkly too. We had a cabin near Burnsvile that we visited every summer, but I never got to see NC snow.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Are those your honeycombs?
Happy Solstice indeed.