We are almost ready.
We decorated the tree (in our jammies, of course).
Each ornament was carefully placed.
Each child exclaimed over the ornaments as they took them out of the boxes, remembering who gave it to them and what it signified.
And Mom tried hard not to notice that she wasn't the only one who could reach the top of the tree this year.
The school Christmas program was performed.
Prayers were answered as lines were remembered.
Trombones were in tune.
Santa was besieged.
At church, the angels sang. And coughed.
Little ones sang of a baby in a manger. Actually, one little one sang. But they all looked cute.
Shepherds discussed the visit from the coughing angels while arguing over whose line came next and who got to hold the stuffed sheep.
men persons, who looked vaguely like the shepherds from a previous scene, came from afar. They brought gold, frank and scents, and mire.
And the true meaning of Christmas was revealed in the form of two homeless people who wandered into the church, disrupted the program, turned out to be angels, and skipped several lines at the end, confusing each other and providing a healthy dose of comic relief.
The requisite photo in front of the tree was snapped after a series of cheesy grins, rolled eyes, grimaces, smirks, and glares.
And so, we're almost ready. There are cookies, fudge, and truffles. There are presents under the tree. There are completed Christmas crafts.
Now, all we need is a silent night. A night to reflect on the reason for all of this. A night to remember, to be mystified, and to brim over with joy.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and hoping that you, too, will enjoy a silent night in this holiday season.
Monday, December 20, 2010
We are almost ready.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Weather has made farm life quite challenging in the past few months, but we managed to finish harvest thanks to our friends Lee and Dana Petersen, who have been coming here to harvest for 11 years. They have a great crew, and with the help of our friend Sam from Virginia and our employee Jeremy, we brought a bountiful harvest in from the field before the snow flew.
Since harvest was later than usual, I took more photos at night than I have in previous years, and I also caught some interesting clouds as we dodged storms throughout the harvest season.
Like every harvest, this one had its fair share of mishaps.
But we kept smiling and enjoyed our time together.
Out here, you make sure you don't fall asleep on the job since the edge of the field leads to a bit of a ditch.
But it makes for a beautiful work environment.
It even makes it worth living here. . . where it snows in the middle of September.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We went on vacation last week, and since that's a rather noteworthy event in our household, I figured I should blog about it.
However, I don't know where to start.
As is our tradition, we tried to set a new record for "most activities crammed into two days' time." And as is my habit, I tried to set a new record for "number of photos taken during a family vacation."
So today I'll just share a few favorites of lions
More of the blatantly tourist pictures to follow. . .
Friday, May 14, 2010
This has been an exceptionally busy spring. We managed to sneak in the first mowing of the year before we were hit by a spring blizzard. After a week of snow and cold, spring has returned to our area, and the grass is growing so fast you can almost see it jump.
With all the spring work that we are trying to squeeze in while the weather allows, we don't have a lot of spare time to spruce up the place.
In times like these, I'm glad we have a mowing service available.
Granted, they're not the most professional service around.
They work odd hours, and they've been known to leave some debris in their wake.
They take lots of breaks.
But when they're at work, they are all business.
They display great teamwork skills.
And as a bonus, they serve as wonderful lawn ornaments.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
When life doesn't seem to be going your way. . .
When you seem to be carrying more weight than you can handle . . .
Just lay down your burden. . .
And consider. . .
How you've been looking at the situation. . .
Because sometimes all you need. . .
Is a simple change in perspective.