December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
Moment - Spring planting - I woke early, dressed in jeans and tee shirt, gathered my gardening tools, loaded my truck for my trip to the farm. Waiting for my coffee to finish perking, I walked around our yard admiring the green grass growing, the sound of the birds chirping, and watched as the squirrels ran up and down, all around the trees, and onto the branches loaded with buds and tiny new leaves opened at the ends of the branches. I stood for several minutes watching my daffodils heavy with blooms, swaying in the light breeze, while a honey bee buzzed from one yellow flower to another, trying to decide which flower he wanted to have for his breakfast.
On the way to our farm, I was excited to see a family of deer out by the road with their young, nipping at the tender blades of grass in an open field. As I entered our farm drive, I stopped to plant 3 morning glory at the base of a utility pole. As I dug the holes and placed the flowers into the soil, it occurred to me that all the flowers I plant, the seeds I put into the ground, the plants I will place into this soil, all this work will be alive with fragrance and beauty in just a few weeks. As time goes by, I will then be able to harvest the vegetables I have planted, be able to inhale the smell of fresh flowers, and see the rainbow of colors throughout my garden. Spring made me feel alive and thankful for all God's beauty we are blessed with everyday, but mostly take for granted.