I love holiday stamps and that simple bit of art on the envelope~
Every year, I take a day off from work and we head over to Lake Street in Minneapolis to a store called “Ingebretsen’s”. It’s a Scandinavian store that has been in the same spot since 1921. It’s always filled shoulder-to-shoulder with the descendants of the Scandinavian immigrants who helped make Minnesota into the state that it is today.
And after we finish our shopping, we go to our favorite coffee shop over in St. Paul and just relax and visit. It’s always one of my favorite days in December.
In these crazy busy days of running around with all that we are trying to squeeze into our days it’s good to take a moment or two to treat ourselves with something delicious and also a soft blanket to wrap ourselves in during the chilly days~ comfort
Shirina and I have decided to do an end-of-year photography blog together. We’ve both struggled a lot this year with creating (or lack of, I should say)… for me it’s mostly been a time issue and for Shirina it’s been lack of inspiration. To help us break out of this rut, Shirina asked me if I wanted to do a “12 Days of Christmas” blog and my response was a definitive “YES!”. We both love Christmas and what better time of year to slow down, to reflect, to think about loved ones and memories and the joy and light that Christmas brings… and to get our cameras out again. So here is day 1 of 12… we would love it if you’d come along.
Day 1… slowing down with a warm cup of tea. Taking time to breathe, to reflect, to sit beneath the twinkling lights and ornaments on our tree… each ornament holding a memory of a person or a place. Here are some of my favorites… my childhood dog, my camera ornament from my M&D, my Hope angel from a dear friend during a difficult year, a colorful antique bauble that belonged to my great-grandma, a paper star that my niece made when she was a little girl and a bamboo rice basket brought back from our trip to SE Asia to visit Mike’s family. Every ornament on our tree tells a story.
Wishing each of you time to slow down… as we all countdown to Christmas day.
“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”
Our final post… week 52 of 52. What a year it’s been… A year of adventure. And change. And growth. And new. And good-byes. And laughter. And tears. And friendship. And so much more.
Here are some of my favorite photos from this 2016 blog journey. I am so grateful that my dear friend Shirina agreed to do this with me one year ago. It has been such an honor. I have laughed, cried, sang, danced, screamed, whispered, climbed, experienced and grew over these past 52 weeks, all with my amazing soul sister cheering me on.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope it is filled with love, laughter, new memories, good health and then more love.
Every year, several of my friends pick a word for the new year. I have yet to pick one, as nothing has really come to me yet. Normally I will dream of something and it will bring me my word. Or I will wake to a word. Or it will just make an appearance, in a really strange way. Nothing yet. I think the Universe brings us what we need, if and when we need it. So for now, I’m patiently waiting….
Loosely based on the movie ‘New Years Eve’ but I like what she said, so sharing it here:
Stop and reflect on the year that has gone by
remember our triumphs and missteps
Our promises made and broken
The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt
Because that’s what New Years is all about … getting another chance
A chance to forgive
to do better
to do more
to give more
to love more
And stop worrying about what if…
and start embracing what will be…..
Let’s remember to be nice to each other
kind to each other
not just on New Years Day
but every day
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year as we move from 2016 to 2017…. I’m looking forward to what will be