One of my favorite sayings is "Bloom where you're planted."
It's a visual description of my life philosophy. Happiness is not a result of having everything you've ever wanted. It's a result of wanting what you have.
So when Christmas vacation plans are interrupted by illness and bad weather, it's natural for me to take the opportunity to pass along a lesson or two.
Instead of thinking forlornly about what we had planned for the day, we made new adventures.
Luckily, our backyard was full of opportunity.
We turned a field of dormant wheat and a calf sled into a ride that rivals those at an amusement park.
We experienced family togetherness.
We crashed again.
We learned that the journey home is sometimes steep.
But it's important to persevere.
There could be hot chocolate on the other side of the hill.
We learned that climbing the hill after the ride can be exhausting.
But it's easier when a friend is along for company.
Bloom where you're planted. Even if the ground is cold.