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Beautiful Tara. I will be thinking of you and your family and dear Mila on Christmas Day.

It is just me and my sweet six year old daughter this year for Christmas. This last year brought much heart break and heart opening for myself and my daughter. This time of year gets me reflecting on the goodness of God. Fortunately I have eyes to see the goodness of God in daily life... moment to moment in the glorious and the mundane, but this end of year time is a deepening, a recalling of how the year has been, what to let go of and how to move forward. Thank you for being here sharing the goodness of God!

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Season’s greetings from our farm to yours, Tara! What a great community this is to be a part of, thank you for all you share with us.

Your Christmas plans sound wonderful - delicious delights, Ave Maria with your Mila, and wood-fired hot tubs with loved ones. Magic! We hope to have a similar wood-fired hot tub by next year. We think it will be pretty special - especially if the elk herd continue to use our farm as their overnight home as they have the last couple of weeks. It’s been magnificent listening to the mews and bugles of 200-300 elk out our back door in the still and blackness of the night. Despite damaging areas of our fence, we’re embracing the experience and feel lucky they’ve chosen to spend time with us on our little farm. What majestic creatures.

Happy Christmas, everyone! I hope everyone’s hearts and bellies get filled to the brim.

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Dec 23, 2023Liked by Tara

Rare bird you are and I treasure you and your open heart! Our family is indebted to yours for the way you courageously demonstrate what steadfast and touchstone really mean. You and your family help us grow and be present, the greatest present we will likely ever recieve. BONEY M...now I know we have some similar fibers in our make up, that one makes me joyous in all sorts of ways! Thank you for all these recipes and memories to explore. Sending our love along the ocean currents until they meet the st. Lawrence and flow to you all. Merry Christmas Tara and family! Prayers for Mila and those left behind said at our table by candlelight. Hugs ♥️

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Hallelujah, the Christ is born!

Nana Moskouri at Christmas!

What beautiful memories!

Thank you Tara for sharing what it’s like for you and yours.

I will have a special thought for Mila, and a prayer for all of you she left behind.

By the way, I am absolutely convinced that God has ears!

He’s proven it many times:)

God bless you and yours on this wonderful day!

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Dec 23, 2023Liked by Tara

Merry Christmas Tara! Proud to be part of your tribe. Brett and Heather would be our “dinner guests” many lonely evenings in the past few years! May your Christmas be peaceful and full of contentment.

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Many thanks for all the gifts you send our way. I look forward to studying the artworks, links with recipes and music. I have already watched the precious little beaver and the best is at the end with the dragging of the long thin branch into the water!

Thank you for this amazing Substack group to be with.

Wishing you and your family a lovely season. Hearing of your traditions make me smile and tear up. Sending Prayers to Mila and all of our loved ones that walk with us on the spirit plane.

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Dec 23, 2023Liked by Tara

I cannot even read the other comments (yet) because I am crying while writing this. I just finished enjoying the gifts you included (on top of the gift you are yourself, and what you share on a regular basis). Words cannot express how much it affects me, all of it. The finale of watching the beaver sent me over the edge as my full heart spilled over. I hope this doesn't sound weird, but I could feel myself standing there, watching the beaver, taking the video, as if it were me, my heart so full of love for her being, for the gift of being able to watch her work.

Thank you for sharing your being, your heart, knowledge, and the parts of your family you can. Your Mila continues to be an unexpected beacon of light somehow; I also have no words for that either. Thinking of you all, and thank you for the additional gifts this year.

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Merry Christmas Tara, to you and your family! Thank you for your beautiful message, so authentic and true!

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Dec 23, 2023Liked by Tara

Thank you Tara so much for the gifts you give to us all year long through your writings, wisdom, and passion for real authentic life, and thank you for these special gifts today too. I absolutely love that beaver video. Beavers have always been incredible to me, the best souvenir from my grandparents house I ever brought home when I was younger was a big chunk of birch chewed by beavers! My parents wouldn’t let me bring it to my room so I had to keep it outside in my fort, I’m wondering now where it’s laying today wishing I still had it.

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! I pray your Christmas is filled with love, joy, comfort, and blessed memories of your sweet Mila.

God bless❤️

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Dec 23, 2023Liked by Tara

Merry Christmas!!!! I was so happy for you when I heard Heather’s recommendation. I often share pieces of your work and think so many should read! The strength you have and the reverence for life and death regularly awes me! I am an emotional coward compared to the fortitude you routinely display. Thank you for sharing and showing how we can cultivate this, however meekly we may succeed.

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Dec 23, 2023·edited Dec 23, 2023Liked by Tara

Merriest Christmas...

Like you, we will be celebrating on our own this year due to various reasons...

We decided to celebrate the best we are able; making small treat filled tins for our neighbors; playing Christmas music so the house feels less empty; making loads of our Jake's favorite foods for the big meal; and Mr. Dave and I will play many rousing hands of Gin!!

We've decided that despite the deepest ache in our hearts, like you- we will do our best to find joy in the moments and I am grateful for this.

Merriest Christmas Tara...

I know Mila will hear the Ave Maria and be singing right along with you. 💛

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Blessings to you and your family this year Tara. May you find comfort in God and may the day bring peace and happiness to you and your family.

I also have to say that the song with Sarah McLachlan is one of my absolute favs!!! It is on my playlist every year!!! I have listened to her since high school. But yes, when her voice enters it is so lovely. ❤️❤️

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"A melancholy, open heart." Four words that beautifully describe the soul. So real. God bless and Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, and thank you for all you do and share with the world! Sending you lots of love.

I love the art choices - the second to last is feeling pretty Orthodox ❤️ I love it! I’m also completely amazed at the beaver video!

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Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Tara! I hope the magic of this season finds you in sweet celebration of all of life's gifts- especially Mila. All of you are certainly gifts that I have been lucky enough to discover. I will be cherishing this season with my newborn son (and my three olders sons), a treasure in this blip of time. I love the way you said eat food worthy of our short time- an allowance, in invitation, to seek nourishment- love in the form of food- dont sell yourself short. Something I pay special attention to during these times of gathering is sharing a beautiful meal made out of and with massive amounts of love. Cheers!

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Dec 24, 2023Liked by Tara

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Tara. All good blessings upon you.

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