This is an amazingly simple craft to do – and it is fun to do with children of all ages. We frequently had place cards at the Thanksgiving table when I was growing up, and oftentimes they were somewhat handmade, which I think adds to their value particularly for a holiday so centered around families and gratitude. There is something so great about feeling like you did something to contribute to the Thanksgiving preparations, even if it was something small.
Around the time that this metaphor of carrying packs on a journey and it’s relation to daily life came to me, I was talking with my husband about how I was discouraged with how we’ve been doing things, how life’s been going. I told him I didn’t know what needed to change but that I felt our current life wasn’t sustainable for much longer.
I get this backpacking magazine in the mail every month. Not because I plan on going on any woodsy trips in the near future, but because it’s something I’ve done in the past and I like planning trips for the future. So, a couple months back there was this breakfast recipe, with complete instructions for cooking it, dehydrating it, and then rehydrating it on the trail. Obviously, most of us don’t have a regular need for dehydrated meals, so I decided to change the recipe up quite a bit and make an eat-it-while-it’s-hot version.
Yesterday, Lisa filled you in on our plan for the month of November – to alternate days and delve into some of life’s less pretty challenges.
I’ve been carrying a lot this year with our family of four: ten stomach bugs, a round of RSV (a bad cold virus), a handful of ear and sinus infections, several home projects, a life-threatening allergy, a budding business, vegetable gardening, bible studies, a dog training project, and a husband with a long commute and a demanding job (along with the everyday things like dishes, meals, laundry, and housekeeping).
When springtime hits, I always get inspired to do a top-to-bottom house cleaning. Somehow when those winter blues finally fade away as the days get longer and warmer, it energizes me and inspires me to clean away the grime that has built up over the winter months.