It was Carole’s birthday so we wanted to celebrate. We had them to dinner (kale with chickpea and quinoa soup followed by roasted pork, sauerkraut with apples, apple sauce, french onion dressing) and a cute little birthday cake with candles and everything. She was so surprised which make it even nicer.
This morning started with a bang when the front rolled through this morning. The sky opened up and the thunder was rolling. By afternoon though the sun was peeking out. Unfortunately, the wind has not died down. The wind chime is certainly getting a workout today. The first pot of soup is finished. The recipe is from a friend of mine–chickpea and kale soup. It smells wonderful.
I am sitting here tonight listening to the quiet. It is so peaceful. Children everywhere are waiting for Santa’s arrival. The only thing missing is snow.
We have been traveling in the dark waiting for the season of increasing light. As the light begins to glow we are aware of changes around us. We begin a new year and with that new goals and resolutions. But before we welcome the new we must say goodbye to the old. The year 2012 for me was hard and trying. Returning to college to finish my degree was proven to be harder than I initially thought. I finished my third semester at the University of Florida and have a 3.33 GPA. I spend hours reading and watching lecture and find it hard to have any type of life outside of the house. I do not know how other people with jobs are able to do this. I am proud of myself for taking this opportunity to do something I didn’t think I would ever be able to do. This year has been mixed with sorrows. Even though how dear Savannah Jane passed in May, she is never far from our thoughts. We have a magnolia tree planted in our backyard in her memory. She has visited me three times. The first time I was lying in bed and heard…