January rising….

I love how January settles 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 this month since I was a girl,
how she holds my birthday,
and feels like maybe it really will snow tonight,
deep and fluffy this time,
and bring the sleds off the wall in the garage
and maybe even close down school,
and what if I don’t even do my homework tonight
because the air smells a little like magic.


….yeah,  I love that about her.

And I remember that January night of many years ago,
dangling over the side of my bed
to peek at a little stack of presents underneath,
wrapped in pale yellow birthday paper,
just waiting until tomorrow,
waiting for me.

I remember whispering,  in the dim sliver of light from the hall,
“I can’t believe I’m almost 5.”

It was pure wonder.

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

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“Life is an occasion.
Rise to it.”
-Mr. Magorium

Hello from the holidays.
It’s been an intense time of hospital and emergency and family gathered near and miracles and gratitude
and love overcoming all.
Wonderful and exhausting.

I’d love to give away one of my January issues of Ripplesongs
so I’m having a drawing this week;
leave a comment and you’re in the running:)


  1. Elephant's Child on December 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I am also a January baby, but am more than certain it won’t snow. Sigh. But the birds will sing regardless – and there WILL be magic.
    Happy Birthday Jennifer, and I hope joy stalks you (and catches you) the whole year through.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Cheers to you, birthday girl….I hope you take the whole month, too:)
      (an older January friend insists on calling the whole month hers so I’m taking my
      cue from this bountifully beautiful woman and celebrating the whole month long:)
      Love an cheers,

  2. Barbara on December 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    You’ve had a tough December. I’m hoping January is full of magic, light, and blessings for you! April is my month of magic.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      It was a tough December, but beautiful also.
      I guess we’re just getting tougher:)
      In a tender kind of way:)
      love and cheers to you in all the new,

  3. Kathy on December 30, 2014 at 7:06 am

    From one Janary Baby to another, happy beautiful January Rising! Love this…

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Happy January rising to you, too, friend:)
      May your beautiful heart soar!

  4. susan troccolo on December 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

    You are encouraging me Jennifer…January is my least favorite month! So, I’ll take your wonderful good cheer and see if it can help me out. I have many friends and family who are “Old Goats” (Capricorns) in January and I love them to pieces, but it still doesn’t help the month!! Happy birthday to you dear Goat-:))

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      old goats:) baaaaaaaaaaahhh. Maybe I should fancy myself
      a climbing goat and go leaping on the heights this year:)
      Thanks for coming by and helping brighten it up around here:)
      love and cheers,

  5. Linda Johnson on December 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I like your impression of January, the “after-busy, cleansed-palate way” of looking at this month. I love this time between Christmas and New Year’s, a time of reflection and excitement. I would love to win a copy of your January Ripplesongs, so thank you for the opportunity to win one. And thank you so much for the words and beauty that you share with the world!

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      So glad you dropped by, Linda;
      hope this next year “fills up your senses”:)

  6. Julia on December 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Happy New Year, Happy Birthday and Happy New Beginnings.
    January is slipping in with ease here too and December is taking a bow for another year.

    May this New Year brings you good health and all the Best.


    • Jennifer Richardson on December 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks for those wonderful well wishes
      and i’ hope you’re enjoying your bloggy break
      and being good and generous with yourself.
      I wish the farm could just sleep through winter
      so you could rest:)
      much love and cheers,

  7. Kathryn on December 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    ohhh…December doesn’t sound good, hope all is well now. Your words take me back to Wisconsin and snow days! We had a great hill in our big back yard so we never had to go far plus all the kids in the neighborhood came over too…thanks for bringing back the memories! And a VERY happy, happy early birthday wish for a beauiful day!!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      thank you dearheart.
      it was actually a beautiful December; such a wild ride, tho.
      My son was very ill and we almost lost him for a short while.
      Got him home from hospital on Christmas Eve.
      Very grateful, that.
      January looks awfully crisp and spacious from here…..I like that.
      love and cheers,

  8. Nancy on December 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Girlfriend, you have had a hard and painful December so it’s only fair that your January be filled with joy, laughter, and good health…Happy Birthday to a sweetie….

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Thanks for your beautiful kindness, Nancy;
      it really does touch something deep in me.

  9. Donna Hopkins on December 31, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Hi Jennifer, I found your blog by way of Gotham Girl – figured anyone who would comment to wonderful Robin would surely be a new friend worth seeking. And I was not mistaken. Love the bright and vivid colors and the positive energy of your site. You’re skill in crafting a sentence, turning a phrase, and painting a picture with words is extraordinary. Wishing you health and happiness for 2015 – and I’ll stop by again soon!

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Thanks for the bright kindness, Donna;
      I’ll be around to visit you shortly:)

  10. CherryPie on January 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    January is a month that doesn’t usually sing to me but your words have changed all that 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

  11. Kimber Britner on January 2, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Looking forward to our birthday lunch! And thanks for the beautiful new Ripplespeak issue gift. xoxoxo

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Me too. And So glad we get to travel some roads together
      this year:) Big bright love to you,

  12. Suzanne McRae on January 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I love the quietness and return to normal that comes with January. A time to slow everything down in what is the coldest and darkest of winter months here. I’m so delighted to hear that miracles have happened for your son. Continued healing prayers for him and your family. Wishing you the loveliest of Birthday this month Jennifer… and the very best of wishes to make all of your dreams come true in 2015!! xo

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Thanks for all the healing love
      and for being such a beautiful voice;
      I really am glad that you are:)

  13. Donna on January 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    What a wondrous sight seeing those pansies in snow…such a delight and a special view of January…a month that did not have a good vibe for me but now seems to have so much promise and meaning….I welcome her now and wish you a calmer year ahead with health and peace my dear Jennifer….

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Haven’t seen a flake of snow yet, to be sure,
      but am hoping. And waiting. Ready to stand in the
      snowfall and breathe it in when it arrives:)

  14. Susan on January 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    So many of us special, rockin’, January babes … I always look forward to my birthday month and even more now remembering that we share!

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:26 am

      It’s good to be born in January, isn’t it:)
      Glad and grateful for the new ride we get to enjoy,

  15. jeanie on January 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve been following your Christmas emergency/medical activities on facebook and am so very glad that miracles do, indeed, happen. Starting off the new year happy, my friend — and filled with relief for you.

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Warm thanks, friend:)
      Much love and joy to you in all the new,

  16. Lindsay on January 3, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Hospital? I hope you and your family are doing well now! Almost your birthday, I hope you wll enjoy it! This will be your awesome year, you’ll see. 🙂 HAPYY NEW YEAR!!

    Much love,

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Yes, my son, Lindsay. It’s been a wild ride.
      Grateful for all the new air and new beginning:)
      Bright beautiful new to you, too,

  17. dulcy on January 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Hello Sweet Jennifer…. love your tribute to January. Especially the good friend plopping down for a visit. Perfect! Always love your writing!

    • Jennifer Richardson on January 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

      So glad to see you, dulcy; hope this next jaunt around the sun
      is your sweetest so far, beautiful one:)

  18. Michele Bergh on January 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    January is settling in quite nicely and I am excited to make this new year the best ever…it is truly an occasion and I intend to rise!

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