Our little Christmas tree already has a new home in our front field, along with trees from Christmases 2011 and 2012. I just swept up the last of the fallen needles from the hardwood floor.
The house is quiet now. A pot of bean soup is bubbling away on the stove. Mary is in town with friends. Ed is napping on the couch. I'm in our office with with the stove fire going. I welcome the stillness of this time of year. It is a time to hibernate, a time to enjoy home and hearth, to rest and renew.
I've learned so much this past year – mostly that there is still so much to learn. I'd like to think I'm a little wiser. I know I am more grateful for every day that Ed and I spend working and playing here at Farm Dover. I know that I am happiest when friends and family come out to enjoy our company, our garden, our trails, our wildlife.
I have great hopes for 2014: for a year of planning, planting, harvesting; a year of watching the kids find their way in this world and make a difference in it; a year of gathering with friends and family over simple meals; a year of making deeper connections with our neighbors; a year of travel to the other side of this world to visit Jack; a year of paying attention to our health and the health of our land; a year of enjoying quiet morning walks and night star gazings....
All these things (and more) are what I am hopeful for. What about you? What is it that you hope for in the new year? May 2014 be a good year for you, and for your beloveds.