This holiday I practiced letting go of work, and only doing things for myself & our family. It was a really wonderful experience to immerse myself into this lifestyle of 3 generations under one roof - our daughter Aleah visited this holiday with her twin boys (2 years old!) - so in addition to our teenage daughters there were 7 people in our home! These dear boys sat in my lap for story after story and I have to say that It was a pleasure to get a chance to reread many favorites ... those who know me know that I LOVE reading aloud to kids.
I know I am unique, I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, turned work-at-home, and I just gotta say I love creating a Harmonious Home. I love making art, especially henna, and I love that I have a studio to adorn women out of, but during this holiday, it was completely dismantled and put way, and instead became full of blocks and other toys that were joyously played with during the colder mornings and evenings.
It's been a while since I dove into a holiday this deep I made meals, played, and rested... and in my private time for myself, I listened to podcasts and drew. I drew and drew and drew ... I delved into a part of my work as an artist that feels luxurious: to follow my own creative desires. I'be been wanting to work on the idea of a landscape, stretching from the smallest little mushroom to the mountain peaks. Practicing that idea again and again, in way after way. I really feel like this holiday has been a wonderful opportunity to fill my well, and parts of me that had been dry for a long time felt the waters rising from deep in the earth and were nourished, blossoming new ideas, new inspirations, new things to try. It was such a marvelous holiday (except the part about all of us getting sick) and I feel truly blessed for the gift of family in my life.