Alex is whistling away in the kitchen as he prepares the dish he has chosen as his favourite for the day - roast pork and vegetables. (We each chose a favourite dish to share for our lunch – mine was grilled haloumi (love it); Ella, a Greek salad; Melody, a fruit salad and Maddison ate her weight in corn.)
The little girls are playing in the lounge room and Ella has gone back to sleep, the dawn wake-up for opening presents has taken its effect on her.
On the table is a cloth we have been decorating with fabric textas – a new Christmas tradition- and atop are freshly cut flowers and berries from our garden…
In the days that follow we head to the beach, potter around the garden, play at the creek, we watch Dr Martin, Poh’s Kitchen and Peppa Pig on iview and I start a new journal by pressing summer blooms between its pages.
I have been thinking a lot about what “simple living” means to me. Really, I’ve been thinking about it constantly in one way or another since the night I sat beside Ella as the ambulance raced us to hospital six months ago.
A lot of thinking about what matters. What really matters in life and unsurprisingly it has little to do with material wealth and everything to do with being here with my family.
When we sat down to eat our meal I looked around and saw that we were all here: all present and accounted for. The best gift ever. It shouldn’t have taken a near-tragedy to open my eyes to what matters – but, I feel that's what it has done.
As 2013 rolls around I have been reflecting on how much we have been through this year and how we have survived it and pulled closer because of it. I have never been happier to see a year end.
I have written a list of goals for the new year; dreams I would like to bring to fruition, plans to hatch , things to make and do and achieve… But highest on my list is that I never again be complacent of all the gifts I already have right in front of me. If I can achieve that one, simple goal of gratitude, then 2013 will be a great year.
Wishing you the same – a great year ahead.
~ The top photo is of the vintage-style herb scissors that Ella gifted me. I love them so much they now appear in my new blog header.