Hi friends.

I want to take a minute to thank you – thank you for being here, for inviting me into your inboxes and web searches and lives, for speaking into our little story and making me feel like part of a big, beautiful, brilliant community – thank you.  Fave, Fabes, and I will be off the grid for the next two weeks, soaking up some good family time, some California sunshine, and a whole lot of Christmassy cheer, but before I go, I wanted to send some good Christmas wishing you way.  So.

I wish you moments of wonder, those seconds when you catch a glimpse of something magical in your son’s eyes, or watch your daughter laugh with her grandmother, or slip your hand into your spouses’ while you walk in the snow, or sit down by the fire with a cup of something warm and feel perfectly wonderfully cozy and at home.

I wish you safe travels, airplanes full of well and patient people, well-packed luggage, all the right tickets in all the right places, napping babies, pleasant seat mates, and lots and lots of coffee.

I wish you moments of deep belly laughter with your family, the one you were born into or the one you built out of friendship and truth and powerful love.  I wish you card games and stories and the kind of nights that make you forget to check you cell phone.  I wish you good food and full bellies and generous glasses of excellent wine.

I wish you the endurance to survive one more week of “Santa Baby.”  Seriously, does anyone actually LIKE that song?

I wish you reconciliation in the troubled spaces, joyful memories in the painful mess of mourning, patience where it is most needed, heavenly peace where it seems most impossible.

I wish you second chances and forgiveness and first hugs and first kisses, proposals and renewals and recommitments and giant, impossible, beautiful dreams for this new year.

I wish you the mightiest village, the warmest of places, and the perfect peaceful quiet of kingdom incarnate, of the idea, however far it is from your definition of this season, of a little bit of heaven on earth.

I wish you Emmanuel.  God with us.  God with you.

When we return, we’ll start all kinds of new adventures – a new series that will window us into the lives of some seriously beautiful mamas and allow us to steal all their secrets, a letter to my beautiful girl about the boxes we put people in and her uncanny ability to just plain not see them, some serious conversation about learning to speak the names of the dead, and, always, a whole lot more commiseration over poopy pants and sleepless nights.

We will see you next year.

Christmas Wishes - Girl of Cardigan

Girl of Cardigan

If you want/need some escape reading to do over the holidays, I’ll be linking some older posts via Facebook, and I’d love your thoughts. 

If this is a lonely season for you and you need to reach out, do.  Email me.  I’m not blogging, but I’m always down for a random night-waking-baby-rocking email chat.  Always. 

  • Laura Thurston December 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I like “Santa Baby” but NOT by Madonna!

  • Emma Kingham December 20, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Gods great blessings on you too x

    • karyn December 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you, Emma. Merry Christmas!

  • Heather Beaudoin December 20, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Thank you for this! I am incredibly in love with your blog and your writing. Thanks for warming my heart. Merry Christmas!

    • karyn December 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Aw, Heather, thank you. Merry Christmas to you!

  • Robin Kramer | Pink Dryer Lint December 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m thankful. It’s a warm, welcoming space! May your Christmas be blessed with the deepest wonders, as well. Emmanuel: the most glorious wonder of all!

  • Samantha January 31, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I first came across your blog when a friend of mine posted on Facebook your blog post about 10 True Things About the First Year of Parenthood, I have a 13 year old and a new baby (4 months) and it has been quite an experience! I thought that being a mom again would be so easy, after all I’ve done it once before and I’m older and wiser *scoff* this time around yet I still haven’t a clue! I’m terrified I’m going to fail everyday but your post reminded me that we’re all just doing our best and that’s all we can do, and it is enough. I love when something pops up in my newsfeed from you! You have inspired me to enjoy and embrace this journey with an open mind and an open heart. You are so kind and easy to identify with and I think you would be cool to hang out with! (That is how I judge my celeb “crushes” – I just mean the people and movies/tv shows/music I am drawn too – on whether or not they would be fun to hang out with and talk to more so than their actual talent) We truly need more people like you in this world.

    PS. I was even more excited to find that you are a bookworm, just like me!!

    I am so happy to have found your blog!

    • karyn February 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Samantha, I’m so glad you’re here, and I love your comments (this one and the others on older posts). When I find a new blog I like, I sort of crazily go back through the entire thing, and reading your comments made me feel sort of sane and special all at once. 🙂 Thank you for that, and for being so open with you story and your encouragement – I, for one, need more people like you all of the time. Thank you.

      And dude, I just finished two fabulous books – The Interestings and The Invention of Wings. Amazing, both. Must reads.