Hello, Friends. How are you this week? I’m closing up my laptop today and taking a little holiday work break. I hope you get to enjoy a break as well! I’ll check in next week with a gorgeous home tour, and another post or two, and then I’ll be back on the regular posting schedule on January 2nd. I want to talk with you about plans for 2017, and getting organized. I’ll (finally) be sharing photos of my Master Bedroom & Bath remodel. I have updates on Ralph in Colombia and Maude in France (she had a great visa appointment). So much fun stuff coming up!

Till then, know I’m thinking about you, I’m grateful for you, and I wish you the happiest of holidays. Truly.

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — I know this has been an odd year for many, many people. A poem by Wendell Berry was sent to me this morning, and I want to share it here. Perhaps it will bring a bit of lightness to your heart, as it did mine.

THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water,
and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.