For the past three weeks I have been at our house in the woods of Quebec. My husband and I did a three day drive across the country to get there, and returned home last night after the three day drive back.
It was the perfect way for me to end 2014 and begin 2015. There is nothing I love more than waking up in the morning there-looking out my bedroom’s floor to ceiling window and seeing nothing but trees, blue skies, chipmunks and the occasional deer. I jump out of bed every morning with a big grin on my face that lasts the whole day.
After five days alone at the house my husband and I were joined by parents and children on Christmas day. We baked old family recipes, strung popcorn and cranberries for the Christmas tree, hiked in the woods and had many good meals and conversations.
During the trip I was reminded of so many things I love-
-Canada, it is such a beautiful country. Driving across the country is pure joy. There is so much natural beauty, each province with it’s own unique charms. Wherever we went we encountered friendly people, great restaurants, and places we want to visit in the future.
-Nature. Being in the woods fills me with a feeling of inner peace and happiness. It is almost euphoric. Who needs drugs or alcohol when you can spend an afternoon outdoors?
-My husband. I know I love him all the time and sometimes we still fuss and fight but this trip was wonderful for us. We really are best friends and have a great time together. We realized this was kind of the first vacation we have ever really had. I suspect there will be more in the future.
-My daughters. They have both grown into such beautiful young ladies. I respect that children can’t always be home for the holidays-travel gets expensive, in-laws want to see them, etc., but both made the effort to come this year for a big family Christmas (and it was so much fun). My oldest daughter has a very kind husband, and my youngest daughter is marrying a good young man this summer. Both couples are happy, hard-working and enjoying life. What more could a mother ask for?
-Being this age. Sometimes I notice people always talk about the past, their ‘glory days’, but don’t seem as excited about their present or the future. I love being in my 40s, life keeps getting better and I have no doubt that the 50s will be great as well. Sure we didn’t have the excitement of little ones waiting for Santa Claus this year, but if you get caught up in what you don’t have at this moment you lose sight of the things you do have right now.
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. If you didn’t have a ‘perfect’ holiday I hope sometime during the holidays you had a perfect day, or a perfect hour or a perfect moment. Don’t get caught up in anyone else’s idea of perfect. Think about what is perfect for you. An afternoon in the woods is perfect for me but might seem like hell to others. If you haven’t had that perfect moment yet then give yourself the gift of time this afternoon or this evening. Do something just for you-something that will bring you a little peace and happiness. And know life just gets better, 2015 is going to be a great year for all.