This year (our second annual Christmas-Tree Hunt and Cut) in the National Forests of Northern Arizona, we dragged along with us two other families both good friends and good sports. We arrived in Payson for a pit stop lunch and commented on the unusual sandal-like weather. We shed our jackets and continued the drive, surprised to find snow. Much to the kids' delight (11 of them).
We trekked and trekked. There were tears, tumbles, and also awe of the space and silence in the world around that we shared and relished that day away from our crowded lives. We also shared hot cocoa and cupcakes--the perfect combo as it turns out.In the tree that we found, dragged, cut, and tied to the DC, I hope remained a little of that "space and silence"--that a taste of that place on the rim overlooking a piece of heaven will seep out of its pine into our lives. It's a perfect tree from a perfect day.