12 Dec 2011, 12:36pm
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  • Of Food And Love: Oh, my Christmas tree

    Friday we went to the tree farm at the end of our road and got our own, very special, Cylas-hand-picked Christmas tree.  If I could have bottled up all of Cy’s energy and excitement, I’m sure it would have propelled a small car.

    Both kids shot out of the car and immediately started the search for the perfect tree.  The owner was delighted to have us scampering through the fields she said, “Every kid should experience this.”  And I totally agree, there is nothing like seeking out the perfect tree for *your* home.

    We went in circles.  I was getting annoyed.  Cy was looking for the tallest “perfect” tree and we had to remind him that our ceilings wouldn’t fit the “tallest” tree.  From one side of the farm to the other….there were over 25,000 trees there.  We did not even see a tenth.

    It was on our second trek to the opposite end of the farm that we found it.

    Cy was so, so worried that we wouldn’t find a tree.

    But, finally, he found it…and it was hiding a beautiful little surprise, too.

    A robin’s nest, long vacated, but the evidence of the lives once birthed there still in place.

    So, papa set to sawing that tree down.

    Voila!  The Kelba’s tree, ready to be set and decorated…

    Eager fingers and old decorations.  D made a paper star, and I strung little fuzzy pom-poms.

    In the end, our tree looked like the Grinch threw up on it, but the kids had a wonderful time decorating it.  So, that’s all that mattered.

    All of my lights and decorations were passed on to me from my precious, late step-mother, Bea.  I don’t have any decorations of my own.  So for now, our tree is that of nostalgia.

    After, we made luminaries…I love those.

    And if you were to come to our house, would see the tree has ornaments from its mid-section down.  This tree is our kid’s tree, it’s not esthetically pleasing to the eye, but pleasing to the heart.

    Merry Christmas!

    I love this tale of search and retrieve. We would do this too on occassion with our daughter, not quite as an adventure tho but memorable none the less. Merry CHRISTmas my friend.

    You are an amazing mother, Misha. I rarely (if ever) comment, but I read you faithfully. You truly “get” what family life should be, and you make it happen for yours. I am so proud of you I could burst. Keep being the best mother on planet earth and know that I love you with all my heart. I take lessons from you every time you post.

    “The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.” J.R. Miller

    13 Dec 2011, 1:43pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    Thank you so very much. I definitely put my best foot forward. Sometimes, I feel like I’m not up for it, but…something just keeps me going. :) I know where my roots are and I think that is where I pull my strength from.
    p.s I love, love the quote.

    13 Dec 2011, 1:37pm
    by Rebecca C


    Did you know that if you choose a tree with a birds nest in it, health and good fortune should come to you in the next year? We have an ornament for ours with the ‘legend’ attached, but how cool that you actually got a tree with a nest!

    13 Dec 2011, 1:41pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    Wow! I did not know that! I knew that there was something significant about it, but wasn’t too sure and couldn’t remember. Thanks for the reminder! :) )


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