Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

We're on Christmas break which means I have been able to enjoy a slower start to my day.
We had our first snow fall on Saturday.  It was less then an inch and was gone by the evening.  It was super pretty to watch it fall. 
The falling snow put us in the perfect mood to head to my parents for cookie day! 
We baked with my mom, sister and nieces.  At the end of the evening we were able to make trays to share and the guys joined us for pizza. A fun tradition!
Chucks' company provided tickets to Christmas at the Zoo.  It was extremely hard to get pictures. Trust me that the lights were beautiful.
Three of my nieces went along.  The company provided ride tickets snacks and hot chocolate.  It was a nice evening.

The girls used their ride tickets for the carousel.   
Lauren and Kayla behaving like typical teenagers. Ha!
We rarely leave our suburban area. Since we were already downtown we decided to drive by the Circle of Lights. 
Well, this is as close as we got. It was crazy! We were about two blocks away when I snapped this shot. Aftert this we turned off and said forget it. The traffic was that crazy. One of the reasons that we stay in our burb! 

After our trip to the zoo the calendar is clear.  We have nothing scheduled until Christmas Eve. That means we are enjoying cozy days at home.  Megan has been spending her time crafting and I've been reading. 
In case you are wondering how we don't have a jammed packed schedule ... we made a conscience decision a few years ago to step off of the crazy train. Not only at Christmas, but everyday.  We don't feel like we have to keep up with others and their over packed calendars. Our goal is family and home; not a long list of activities.  Now with that said, this is what works for us and if you thrive on the packed schedule this isn't meant as judgment.  We realized that wasn't the life that brought our family joy and started living the life that is best for our little family.

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!


  1. It is so nice to have a few free moments to enjoy my life. Thank you for your inspiration. I love your blog it calms me.

  2. I admire that you have slowed down to honor the lifestyle that works for your family. I'm trying hard to slow down! Sometimes it's a process!

  3. I've stepped off that train, too! Isn't it wonderful??? Baking and Christmas lights....what fun!

  4. Yes!
    We jumped off that train too, Wendi.
    I love that you have nothing to do until Christmas Eve.
    Aside from a church dinner, we don't either!
    Enjoying spending our days cozy and warm inside.
    Have a blessed evening, my friend.

  5. We jumped off that train long ago!! Doesn't it feel so nice to have the freedom to slow down and enjoy what really matters?

    We have a few things on the calendar and we are enjoying the things we need to do. No rushing here!!

    We started the baking of many cookies this week and my mom will be coming out on Monday to make the fudge and clusters, then we can assemble our plates to share. I agree, its a great tradition!

    That! Beautiful! Great shot! thank you. That is why I live on the prairie!

    I hope you enjoy the season! Soak it all in!


  6. What a fun tradition to make cookies with your family and then everyone join in for pizza. The zoo looked like lots of fun. It was sure nice of your hubby's company to provide the tickets for it. :) Be blessed my friend!

  7. The cookies all look so good. I am sure the lights were fun. I'm like you though. We don't practically like crowds. I have read the pioneer christmas book but not the other one. I will check it out. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  8. Sounds like a wonderful life to me. I read the pioneer book, too. I enjoyed it. Be blessed, and enjoy your slower mornings and Bible time.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage


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