So now I have pinto beans soaking on the stove waiting to be turned into beans and ham for the new year. For my readers in the south, yes, I know they're supposed to be black-eyed peas, but I have a rather unique reason for using pintos. My paternal grandmother grew up in Louisiana and moved to Arizona as a young woman. At that time, black-eyed peas could not be found, so she settled for pintos which could be. Consequently, it was pinto beans and ham that my father grew up eating on new year's. And because this is what my father was used to eating, it is what my mother fixed every new year's, so it is what I fix for new year's. Interesting stuff, huh?
I don't usually do resolutions. It seems to be an exercise in frustration and a great way to make a person feel disappointed in themselves. At the beginning of the new church year (that would be Advent), I did think I wanted to do a better job of celebrating the seasons of the church year with my family. I have a feeling this means coming up with ideas for how to do this myself, the liturgical year for families not being a book title I've seen a lot. I also think I want to include some Jewish holidays into our family celebrations. You can never have too many holidays, can you? I have two questions for all of you. Do you observe the liturgical year, and if so what do you do? And... do you observe Jewish holidays and if so, which ones?
And now, I thought I'd share some of the more popular posts from 2012 in case you missed them, and I can provide some real content, something that has been lacking around here for a week or so. (That would be based on hits a post received... some I understand, but others, I have to admit I am completely baffled by their popularity.)
- Girls' rooms - big and little
- Building the Tabernacle - part 1
- It's not about you - warning hot button topic, read at your own risk
- She knows!
- Paper pregnancy
- Officially a family of 12
- Day 3: A walk in the park
- Day 11: Mountain climbing
- Good Friday for children
- When I hoped for a blog worthy topic, this isn't really what I had in mind
- Things I would rather not have to say, part 2
- Frugal large family meals - strata
- I'm sure I'm not the only one
- Book orders
- Not so rare
- Yep, that's me, the human parasite
- Pool noodles and big girl beds
- H. has been home six months
- Start as you mean to go on
- Happy National Punctuation Day
Happy reading... and Happy New Year!!