It's a reflective week here, as we are trying to put a close to December and the year of 2010, and yet look ahead at the same time with much hope and eagerness for what the New Year might hold.
I have been mulling over a few potential resolutions, to be posted here later, and reflecting on the abundant good that this year has afforded. I am sort of shocked that I have managed to keep up with these Gratis posts with such fierce regularity, and am amazed in looking back over all of them this week, at how richly filled our life is with joy, adventure, provision, and laughter. All these little things. Every day. Each week. All of our months. And even years.
So, here we go, onward. Because time never stops.
For this week's round of ten, I am thankful for:
311. finding full-flavor and yet delectably smooth finishing espresso beans locally. And the fine macchiato I enjoyed at the coffee shop the other morning that for-the-first-time rivaled the ones we daily enjoyed in Firenze, Italy. Now ages ago. As a partner to this great find, I am thankful for Dave + my shared Christmas present this year, a burr coffee grinder.
312. indulgent rich holiday treats, like homemade chocolate babka bread. Slices of pure heaven; cinnamon chocolaty bread with a crunchy streusel topping. A loaf that is simple but also luxurious and lavish at the same time.
313. presents that made it all the way to Ukraine to a little boy, and a little girl that we sponsored through Operation Christmas Child. We were overjoyed to receive the destination confirmation e-mail this week, and it was fun to find the spot on the globe with the Craunlets.
315. a 47-try Christmas picture of the Craunlets for a small ornament project. One for us, and one for each of the Grandparents. Giving up on our not-going-so-well photo shoot, at number 46, we announced to the Craunlets that we were quitting. They must have liked the idea also, and effortlessly, they both smiled upon hearing the news. And one final click of the camera. WIN.
316. the quick card-holder solution I crafted up moments before Christmas. Thanks to Martha for the idea, involving a wood embroidery hoop, small clothespins, and white glue. Nice to have all the cards amassing in one place.
317. lingering bits of comfortable holiday cheer around the house. Likely our least-decorated year on record, but still warm and inviting little moments of jingle bells and pine.
318. the newest addition to my salt + pepper shaker collection; a charming pair of Snowpeople. And they each have a sweet little jingle bell on their plugger, so they ring whilst being shaken. A delightful little surprise gift from my mother-in-law.
319. winter break. And the promise of school resuming this coming week. It has been a pleasure to have a solid two weeks of vacation from school and teaching, but I think we are all pretty ready for normal to return.
320. new books. A business/Christmas present to myself; this small stack of inspiration and related reads to get the new year's art-making well underway again.