“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
– Bob Hope
Well what can I say, it’s been one hell of a year.
It has, simultaneously gone by so quickly but ever so slowly and of course, like all things, much has changed.
This time last year we were celebrating the purchase of a block of land, signing a contract on a new home and preparing for our first Christmas as a family with one rambunctious 9 month old. It was a fantastic Christmas surrounded by lots of family and some wonderful friends.
This year though, the lead up to Christmas was quite a bit different. Actually the last six months in general have been difficult and new.
Family members got sick and had operations, others tried to remove parts of their own body in farming accidents (yes Dad, we won’t let you forget that one!), relationships ended, new ones flourished, old friendships changed and new ones began. And my stress levels hit an all time high.
That wasn’t all of it either.
We moved house for one, into the new home we hope to create, and lots of things went wrong. They were mostly small things in hindsight, but they were all pieces in the ever expanding pile that weighed on our shoulders. That’s why I was looking forward so much to Christmas, a fun and carefree time, a chance to celebrate with childlike joy.
I planned on it being like those of Christmas past, relaxed, happy, full of good food, people and carols. But that hasn’t gone to plan either! (having said that Christmas has actually happened yet either, so there’s still hope!!)
It’s taken a couple of weeks now and lots of slow and small efforts, but finally I feel like I’m getting to a better place. A place where the stress doesn’t have my shoulders bunched up in stress from the minute I wake up, to the second I fall asleep. A place where Christmas carols play, twinkly lights twinkle and the smell of freshly baked cookies waft. It’s not a bad place to be actually.
It’s no wonder then, with all this stress and chaos floating about, that both Mr D and I ended up sick, (luckily for us it was at different times). In fact I’m writing this to you now from my huddled position on the lounge with a cloud of cold and flu tablets as company. I’m on the mend now, though perhaps you should keep that in mind if you find spelling mistakes and weird sentence structure in today’s post hehe.
From this position however, I can see that all the downs of the last few months were just things that had to happen. That we had to get out of the way for a new year and a new start.
And that’s exactly what it feels like now.
A new year, a new home, a new chance to achieve some big dreams.
On the actual home front, we are starting to get settled in. As settled in as one can be when one still feels like they’re camping. Seriously, there is yellow sand everywhere!! But we are slowly starting to tick things off the list. We still have a while to go and some hard work to get there, but we will get there. (It helps that we actually have WiFi now!)
So with the tree up, twinkling at me, and a simple family Christmas planned with very little fuss, I’m starting to relish the little things. Like having a roof over our heads, food in our bellies and a wonderful (somewhat healthy) family to share in it all.
Here’s to the New Year.
There’s still lots more to come my friends. Exteriors to be painted, bedrooms to be decorated, new lounge furniture to be chosen and delivered and of course decking to be done.
Stay tuned over the coming months and keep an eye out for an update every few weeks.
Cheerio and Merry Christmas xxx