Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Poem for Christmas

I am off to huddle on the couch and read the books I received for Christmas. I may not move until February. Especially since there is a blizzard headed our way. So here is a beautiful Christmas poem for you to enjoy. I'll think of something clever to say after I am done reading.

By Anne Porter

When snow is shaken
From the balsam trees
And they're cut down
And brought into our houses

When clustered sparks
Of many-colored fire
Appear at night
In ordinary windows

We hear and sing
The customary carols

They bring us ragged miracles
And hay and candles
And flowering weeds of poetry
That are loved all the more
Because they are so common

But there are carols
That carry phrases
Of the haunting music
Of the other world
A music wild and dangerous
As a prophet's message

Or the fresh truth of children
Who though they come to us
From our own bodies

Are altogether new
With their small limbs
And birdlike voices

They look at us
With their clear eyes
And ask the piercing questions
God alone can answer.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Daniel!

Today is Daniel's 43rd birthday. I met him when he was 24. That's a lot of birthdays together.

When I do math, which isn't often, the amount of years I have spent with Daniel is boggling to me.

Where did the time go? When did my husband get to be 43?! (You look good at 43!)

Especially when I still feel 29.

Actually, I like my age now and I like who I am but I don't think how I feel matches how I think I should feel at that number.

In case you're wondering, I am not 40, yet.

It seems like we just met last week, (Who are these kids anyway?) then it seems like we have been together forever. Haven't we always been married with kids? Haven't we always had meatloaf and green bean hot dish on Dec. 20th? Where would we be if we weren't together? Have all these years been worth it?

Yes, they are worth it. Even though we have had our ups and downs, I wouldn't want to be married to anyone else. Besides, we have too much shared history and too many private jokes and kids, we have kids! I wouldn't have Maeve and Hilde if it weren't for Daniel.

Yes, birthdays really do cause me to be this introspective. Even someone else's birthday.

Daniel, I think, was just grateful for the meatloaf and hot dish.

Happy Birthday Honey.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Unexpected beauty

Maeve, Hilde and I usually go all out with Christmas decorating. I have at least three boxes of indoor decorations alone. Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving we begin to pull everything out, re-arrange furniture and deck our halls for Christmas.

This year is a little different. We are officially moving to Oklahoma City, OK sometime in January. For the past few weeks I have been slowly working on getting the house de-cluttered and ready to put on the market. Since my goals are "Less" and "Simple" I haven't felt like decorating for Christmas. My motto with decoration has always been "Go big or go home". My favorite color is red, so our house is usually adorned with all manner of red, gold, glittery things. This year my motto is "Put things in a box, don't take them out of a box."

Maeve and Hilde were adamant that we put up a tree and our advent calendar. Truthfully, I wanted these too, since it didn't feel like Christmas without them. So, we compromised on the tree. We put up our little tree.

We have a regular, full seven foot tree which is our standard tree each with multi-colored lights. Then we have a little tree, which is shorter and more narrow and it pre-lit with white lights. The little tree takes less room and is easier although, to us, it is a little less pretty than the regular multi-colored one.

We also decided to only put on "special" ornaments on the tree this year. Each year since their birth, each girl gets a "special" ornament. Maeve gets a Wedgwood ornament and Hilde gets a Waterford ornament. We pick a day before Thanksgiving and the three of us go to select the ornament and then have lunch. It is a special mother-daughter tradition that I love. By the time they leave our house for good, they will each have a set of gorgeous ornaments.

So, we have eleven Wedgwood ornaments all in shades of cream, white, gold and Wedgwood blue. Add to that Hilde's ten crystal Waterford ornaments which sparkle when they hit the light. We filled in with ten others in pearl and silver and pastel shades. So, all in all only thirty one ornaments on the tree and glass and cream star on top.

We thought it would look pretty sparse. We were wrong.

The effect of white lights and the the white porcelain and crystal is ethereal. It is looks fragile and very, very pretty.

It is like a frosty winter wonderland.

Maeve says it looks dainty. She's right. It is just about the girliest tree we have ever had.
We have been oohing and ahhing all afternoon.

Such unexpected beauty born out of simplicity.

Monday, December 6, 2010


I need to make a correction to my last post about NYC. Hilde says that MARY on Cake Boss reminds her of Aunt Janet. I made the mistake and said Grace, but it is really Mary.

You can read about her here....