I love snow days, I always have. Once we began the farm, snow days were certainly different from the snow days where we just got to bundle up and watch movies. Making sure the animals have water, shelter, and extra feed can take away from the pleasure at times, but it also brings its own kind of pleasure.
At this stage, the number of our animals is greatly reduced and Jonathan, who loves snow and ice and cold, was happy to carry out the duties awaiting him. Sierra and I got to stay indoors and relax.
BUT here is the thing that made this snow day different- my oldest two were not at home, they were at their homes. In the past, even though they had moved out, they still came home- to my home- on snow days and got iced in with us. This time they did not.
Savannah called midday and I said to Sierra, “I bet she is calling to see if her daddy thinks she can drive on the roads and come home.” Well, she was calling to see if he thought it safe to drive but she was wanting to go to Dakota not here. Home for now means being wherever Dakota is, home for her is now more about a person than a place. And that is good, given that their wedding is now just a few months away.
As for Cheyenne a day at home with no college or work meant a day at her home. She now lives with my grandmother, her great-grandmother. I know that home very well as I have spent many days there with two of my most beloved women. I know that she spent plenty of time standing in front of the Deerborn heater warming her backside then turning around to warm the front. Central heat is nice but there is something about having a warm spot to back up to on a cold day. She was content in a warm house full of love- her home.
This is the first year that I have seen a distinct separation from my home to their own homes even though they moved away two years ago. I thought it would be more upsetting but its not. It is in its due time. There are seasons in our life, not just spring and winter, but seasons for certain types of living. My season for having all of my babies at home has passed. I love having time to focus with the younger two and I love having teenagers. Most people find me crazy, but I love it. Its a new season, but a good one. Each season has its place. The mistake most mothers make is to try and hold on to one season for too long. This simply causes strife and conflict and it will not stop the season from changing. The seasons will change with or without our permission, best to embrace the change and enjoy every moment for what it is.
So, today we will enjoy another day at home with just the younger two and make some more memories and drink hot chocolate! I have my own hot chocolate recipe I developed and we just love it.
Here it is so you can make homemade hot chocolate that tastes way better than anything from a package.
2 Cups whole milk
3 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons of Cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Mix together and heat through in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Top with marshmallows if you desire (which we do).
The sugar could be substituted with organic raw sugar, honey, or agave nectar if you are looking for an unprocessed version.