These first couple weeks of the year have been so nice, and so calm! I love putting away the Christmas decorations and enjoying a simpler, less cluttered space. It seems to cast a tone of simplicity over the month of January after all the scurrying and warmth of December.
We've been enjoying Christmas presents,
forcing the cat to participate in photo shoots,
and doing lots and lots of healthy cooking (and eating!).
We are participating with our church in our annual Daniel Fast, and I have found so many delicious recipes this time around: snickerdoodle smoothies, amazing vegan taco soup, and more. I have really looked forward to this fast and am already committing to sticking more closely to it when the fast is over--we feel too good not to!
Today my mom is driving in to spend a couple days with us. I love having her so close now, after 16 years of living several states apart! We have very little on the agenda, other than lunch at Whole Foods today, knitting by the fire, and lots of cooking and talking. That's why I love January so much--none of the regular activities have started up yet, and my homebody instincts are in full-force as I try to get the house and our routines back in order after the holidays. I even spent a few hours in my garden last week (Before the freezing temps hit Texas) and got it winterized.
So that's what we've been up to lately--a little of this, a little of that, and thankful to God for all His blessings, especially the little ones.