As I gather the moments of this month, I see some themes.
Cold is one theme, as this has been the coldest January I can remember. I realize that we don't know cold like some of you know cold, but we have had bone-chilling temperatures here...a whole string of them at that! And I must note that as I have checked the weather conditions each morning, it has been colder here than at my son's home in Maine more than once! Brutal.
Comfort is another theme. We have indulged in comfort foods, like meat loaf and hot bean soup and corn bread. We've layered extra blankets on the beds. We have cancelled appointments and stayed inside. We have pulled out our fuzzy socks.
Cozy. That's the ticket. Candlelight. Cups of hot tea, hot coffee, hot cocoa. Filling up the wood stove. Games at the kitchen table. Books in bed. Sunday evenings at Downton Abbey.
Cheer. I've had to work at that one. Ron brought home a bouquet of flowers...just because. "We need all the cheer we can get in this cold," he said. Connections bring cheer too. Connections with our dear ones. A post-holiday gathering. Birthday celebrations. Shared Sunday afternoons. Phone calls from afar, especially when a phone call includes three beautiful young voices singing a hymn for you. "At the Cross." All the verses. It doesn't get much more cheerful than that I tell you!
And so, another year has begun, another month has passed. As I gather my moments, I will say with the Psalmist, "My times are in your hand."
Beginning with this month, I am inviting you to join me in "gathering the moments." You may wish to share two or three photos, or several collages, or bunches of photos...with words, or without words. The link-up below will be a gathering place for us to reflect and share and connect. (The link-up will stay open for a week, so you have plenty of time to gather.)