'Tis the Season

In the wake of “Black Friday” I feel like ranting about materialism and excess. Instead I’ll simply share with you this quote gleaned from Worldchanging:

Voluntary simplicity involves both inner and outer condition. It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life. It means an ordering and guiding of our energy and our desires, a partial restraint in some directions in order to secure greater abudance of life in other directions. It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day. Time spent with Matt and the kids, my grandma, my parents, my brother and his family, and family friends. A Thanksgiving dinner that included chicken and sweet potatoes from our farm.

We also celebrated my birthday, which is coming up this week. It was one of the nicest birthdays I’ve had. Simple gifts – a cookbook, a couple of Christmas movies, some scrapbooking supplies. We took the kids to the 5:00 showing of “Chicken Little” at the Watts Theatercheck out the pricing :) – and then back to my parents’ house for cake and ice cream.

Simple. Lovely.

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6 Responses to 'Tis the Season

  1. Happy almost Birthday..

  2. Gina says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope it continues to be nice…:-)

  3. Lynne says:

    Happy Birthday! I think that the simplest birthdays are the best! We have a theatre like yours here — called the Catlow — it’s our favorite! Also — love the quote about voluntary simplicity. That’s one I’m writing down — will definitely be used in a layout… in fact, I can start to envision one as I write… off to draw…HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

  4. Sandy Miller says:

    Happy Birthday from the other half of the M family! I hope it was a great one. We have been keeping up with the blog and it has me missing “holiday” weather. Hi to Matt and the kiddos for us!

  5. Black Friday is crazy. We don’t go in town much but that is one day we definitely skip every year! Too many wanting too much too fast.