In October we had the chance to visit the Benedictine monastery Mt Angel Abbey. It was a blustery day, but the sun did finally come out. We walked the grounds, enjoyed the views. Joseph kneeled and kissed every statue he found. Then we went to the bookstore cafe to warm up with hot chocolate and muffins. They even sold index cards, so we could draw a bit!
Now any visit to a monastery that includes an active toddler is going to be…active. There were no extended times of stillness and silence. Yet the morning was full of wonder and reverence and blessing. May this New Year be likewise full.