If you have been following me on Instagram, you have seen that I am currently visiting the snowiest place in the nation, Rochester, New York. Snow falls in puffy white flakes, blanketing the trees and ground, making you feel like you are in a snow globe. It is simply a Christmas wonderland here that makes you feel like you are miles away from reality. And in all actuality, I am miles away from reality due to horrible internet service and data coverage. This place will make you unplug from everything from the lack of cell service. That is probably my favorite thing about coming here. Well, aside from those internet withdrawals that happened the first 48 hours of being here, but after that, all is well in the world. (It took a whole two hours for this blog post to just publish.)
On my approach, I am greeted with crackling pot-belly stoves, warm Christmas cookies, a chirping bird (only because my Aunt’s bird hates me and screams at me all day), and of course, rum. My Aunt likes to put a little rum in your coffee or hot cocoa to bring on the holiday cheer. Leave me be in the rocking chair with a good book, next to the stove, and this momma is the happiest person on earth. I love coming here. I thought places like this only exist in books or Hallmark movies, but my Aunt has turned this farm house into a captivating, warm, safe haven.
It can be so easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas with all the noise and clutter in the world. So, I wanted to take this time to pause, be still, and thank God for the many blessings He has poured on my family and I. For health, for love, for protection, for joy. Reminding myself to center on Christ this time of year and let myself stand in awe of His goodness and greatness.
Wishing you all a beautiful, safe, and joyful Christmas.