January rising…


January has settled in with a merry thump,
like a good friend plopping down with a drink in her hand
and I welcome the after-busy,
cleansed palate
way she has about her.

I’ve loved January since I was a little girl,
how she holds my birthday
and feels like maybe it really will snow tonight,
deep and fluffy this time,
and bring the sleds out of the garage
and maybe even close down schools
and what if I don’t even  do my homework
cause it could happen!

….yeah,  I love that about her.


She reminds me of the magic of a night long ago,
dangling over the side of my bed
to peek at a little stack of presents beneath
wrapped in pale yellow paper
covered in bright birthday balloons
just waiting for tomorrow,
waiting for me!
I remember whispering in the dim sliver of light from the hall,
“I can hardly believe I’m almost 5!”

It was pure wonder.

Somehow January takes me there again,
suspended over a little pile of unopened gifts
just waiting for the sun to rise.


And,  hey,  I can hardly believe I’m almost 51!

“Life is an occasion.
Rise to it.”

-Mr.  Magorium


  1. Suzanne McRae on January 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer. Many Blessings on that special day and all year long. 51 is Awesome!! You have multiplied wisdom from that tender little girl at age 5 that you remember. Embrace all that this new year brings you. xo

  2. Michele Bergh on January 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Happy birthday! I love the journey back to when you were “almost 5.” Enjoy 2013!

  3. Susan on January 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    How wonderful that I stopped by to enjoy your post about January ~ She holds my birthday, too! And I love the colorful images and the way your words take me back … to 7! Thanks so much.
    Happy Birthday!

  4. Kathy Anne on January 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! Little fact: Most people’s favorite month is their birthday month. I am loving January more as I get older (almost 43). It’s more comforting to me now.
    I also love that you told your age. I think we women should be proud of it!
    Please keep posting on Fridays. Your words add light to the world.

  5. jeanie on January 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Well, first of all, Happy Birthday Month! May the new year bring you much joy!

    January has never been my favorite, but now that I know you were born in it, I could reconsider! Here it is cold or snowy or damp, weather that I don’t bond with. But it is the start of new things, a new year and there is much to be said for that! No matter how you decide to blog and share, I hope you will continue. It’s always a spot of life and love here!

  6. Julia Bourque on January 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Jennifer. I hope that your day was filled with love from family and friend. I’m sending you love in the January breeze to find you smiling that you are still beautiful at 51.
    Many blessings on your journey.

    Hugs, JB

  7. Julia Bourque on January 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    It should be friends. Sorry for the typo.

  8. Jennifer {StudioJRU} on January 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Happy Birthday month, Jennifer!! I love that wonderful pop of colors in the first photo. Makes me smile!!

  9. Carissa Paige on January 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Oh how I love these visions & words of yours! Stacks on stacks of presents. Happy birth month to YOU!!

  10. Susan on January 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

    “…and what if I don’t even do my homework ’cause it could happen…” Oh, I have been in that place many times, even as an adult I want to stay up past my bedtime when it snows because MAYBE I won’t have to get up early, maybe I can roll over and go back to sleep if it snows hard enough.

    You have such a way of capturing the moment with your words!

    Happy Birthday, when ever that may be!!!


  11. Lynn Fisher on January 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Happy almost birthday dear…and happy January! I too love the gift of January, the quiet, the “over the holiday rush”, the beauty of sunlit and cold, the snowshoeing!!! I could go on.
    Happy New Year Jennifer!

  12. Barbara on January 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I never realized how much I love January, too, until you pointed out all of her special qualities. I hope you have a beautiful birthday! Gosh, it seems like yesterday you were turning 50!!

  13. sharon leaf on January 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    How I love January too! It’s my birthday month … 67 in 22 days! And like you, I’m believing for a sprinkle of snowflakes to brighten the gray world around me. I found your blog through Facebook and shall continue to follow you each Friday. I love your spirit of ‘don’t give up!’ You have so much to give us gals out here in Blogland, especially in winter’s prime.

    I wish you smooth sailing and oceans of blessings on your birthday. And like me, I invite you to celebrate for at least a month! *smile*

  14. Lynn on January 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to beautiful you.

    You are not showing up in my mail lately either. Hmm…. Silly internet!

    I love your relationship with January. Quite lovely.

  15. Maggie Mallard on January 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Dear Friend. I loved going back in time with you and reading about how January is so special to you.
    Hope your Birthday is special and your a gorgeous 51 year old.
    Love ya

  16. missing moments on January 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Lovely flowers … and Happy Birthday Jennifer. The best years are yet to come!

  17. Elephant's Child on January 10, 2013 at 3:11 am

    As another of January’s daughters I loved this post. And the very vibrant colours of your pansies has made my heart smile. Thank you.

  18. Naomi on January 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Happy day of birth… happy life to you! I’m so glad you came into the world 51 years ago! These are my absolute favorite flowers and you have captured them beautifully.

  19. Connie Smiley on January 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

    How delightful, Jennifer! I love your collection of shells and flower and feather, and the little-girl-in-you January story. Happy Birthmonth! You’re young!

  20. Lindsay on January 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

    The magical 5! Over here we call it ‘getting a new front door’, and you can make anything happen! 🙂 Strange, I’m subscribed to you blog by email but didn’t get any notice from your last post… maybe there is a delay. Hm..

    Anyways, wishing you a great 2013 and I hope you will celebrate your bday in a fantastic way! It feels like a deja-vu, didn’t I already said that before? LOL. Well, double wishes then. 🙂


  21. S. Etole on January 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    What a bevy of color to add to what is a somewhat colorless month here. Hope your days are spent in celebration of a wonderful you.

  22. Anita on January 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Happy birthday month, dear friend!
    I will be turning 50 later this year, and am looking forward to a new decade and all of the promise it holds.
    These are beautiful times!
    I am sorry that the blog world is not being kind right now, but have no fear, I will always come around!
    xo, Anita

  23. Just Be Real on January 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Blessings and birthday wishes to you my dear. Love the photos and the shells. That one which is called an olive shell has always been my favorite. The long one. Blessings.

  24. Judy Hartman on January 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Oh, such a delightful post! I smiled all the way through it! Happy Birthday, dear Jennifer!
    And your photos are just beautiful!!

  25. Kim Mills on January 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Happy Birthday Month! I’ve actually never thought about January this way, thank you for the new perspective. I like it! Beautiful as always. xo

  26. Sandra L. on January 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Happy Birthday, Beautiful Girl (a bit in advance!).

    I remember that feeling of “Maybe I can skip doing my homework if it snows!” Thanks for bringing it back to me.

    Your posts are always so lovely and inspiring.


  27. Amy Kelsch on January 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Once again, you make me smile!! Happy Birthday Jennifer!!!
    With Much Love,

  28. Cathy on January 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Maybe after these warm days of January we will turn cold and have a big snow for your Birthday like we had back in 2000. It had been up in the 70’s and then a week and a half later we had 24 inches!! That would be a great January birthday present to keep you young, moving and to have some fun playing in it. Sledding was sooo much fun on Dogwood and Leonard street.
    Beautiful picture and words to take us back to carefree times. Thanks for sharing the beautiful you with us.

  29. Louise Gallagher on January 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! 51! why it feels just like yesterday that I slung my feet over that edge of the bed and wondered… what will I unwrap today.

    what I love about coming here is it feels like unwrapping every day with wonder.

    but seriously… you have pansies already?

    harumph. We’re caught in a deepfreeze under two feet of snow!


  30. Kathy on January 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! I love January, too! It is my anniversary and my birthday month. Just the Word January makes me happy! Isn’t it funny, I had this feeling you were a January Baby, too! Enjoy, kath

  31. Dulcy Stewart on January 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

    A very late, but lovingly sent birthday wish for this new year, Jennifer. I adore the shot with the shells, stones, and flower. Perfect little composition!!!


  32. kathryn on January 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    HAPPY (belated?) BIRTHDAY Jennifer!!!! 51 is a very good age to be!! I remember snow days too as a kid…put a birthday on top of that and you have one excited kid!!!

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