"To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony."
- William Henry Channing
One of my very favorite people in the whole world is here visiting: my aunt Margaret. She is so special to me. We are so blessed to have her staying with us. She visited three years ago, so Olivia, Nicholas, and Peter remember her very well. They were so excited as they waited for her to arrive.
She is so fun, and has a way with children. She brought a special parcel with her, and invited all the kids to sit on the floor and unwrap it carefully with her
All together, they unwrapped it layer by layer.
Oh, the anticipation!
They found envelopes with their names on them, and there was candy inside!
And, finally, in the middle - something special:
A toy pig (somehow, I didn't get a photo of our new friend). He is very cute and very loud, so fits in around here.
The children will never forget this experience and their great aunt's visit.