One of our yearly family traditions is to cut down our perfect Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Every year we drive up to the summit of highway 17 and pull into Arrowhead farms to cut down our tree. Arrowhead has been so good to us because we can always cut down a tree tall enough to fit into our vaulted ceiling living room, and then they would net the tree for us, and then put it on top of our van. Great times and great service! Our family has so many memories of walking around the hills trying to find the best tree for our house, eating donuts in the back of the van while I tied the tree down, and drinking hot cider that warmed our hands and our insides. Great memories.
This year we pulled into the lot and saw that most of the land was bare and open. It shocked us. At first we thought it was because of the severe drought in California, but I was saddened to discover that this was the last year Arrowhead farms would be in business. After 25 years of business it was time for their family to move on. I was surprised by how this news bummed me out. This was it – today – our last time at a place that was filled with so many rich memories for our family. It was a great reminder, that nothing in this broken world is permanent, and today could in fact be my last day to enjoy so many things in my life. The best thing I can do is be thankful for the good times I’ve had, let go, and seize each new day with gratitude and plow into my future knowing that, though I don’t know what tomorrow holds, I do know the One who knows what tomorrow holds.