My favorite reading nook...
Where did the past few weeks go? It does seem as if we were at our friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner only a few days ago but here we are... one week from Christmas! One more week to read Christmas books and watch Christmas movies (at least while in season).
I do hope that I don't make people feel sorry for us when I share the realities of our life. I only do so to let you know that one can lose a lot of material goods and important titles and health and have their children grow up (which is the intent all along, anyway... to prepare them to leave the nest) and still live a life surrounded by Beauty and Grace.
It runs counter to the culture in which we live and it does require making a decision of the will but it is possible. One learns to live a life of gratitude for what they do have. I have learned to take no less joy in this little house at the edge of the forest as I did in my dream house. Although it is easier to plan meals and such when one has more disposable income, you learn to cook simply as our grandparents and great grandparents did before us. :)
I have written in the past about the Beauty of Forced Simplicity, I think once you get past the stomping of the feet and being really, really upset at God for allowing bad things to happen to good people... you begin to see the Beauty and look for the ways He provides every need (and once in awhile, a Godly desire!).
To answer a question in Comments, I think Coffee Tea Books & Me is loading a little slow right now due to the Christmas header picture... which is huge (a picture from last year's tree). Other than that, I use Foxfire and have had no problems with it loading. I'll return to another header after Christmas!