Merry Christmas 2017!

The last few days have been a bit crazy with visiting extended family, but we managed to have a great Christmas in Ohio and Indiana. We got to a lightly-attended Mass on Christmas morning and made our way back to Indiana in the afternoon.

The Mug My Daughter Made for MeWe exchanged gifts with my in-laws and lots of nice things were shared. However, I wanted to share the extra special gift my daughter gave me. I thought that perhaps she bought this mug with the printing on it, but she took the time to carefully paint the mug by hand.

This is an indication of the things that we value most in life. We accept that many very complex things in our lives are the product of mass production, but we truly place the most value on things that involve human labor and thought. This is exactly why we do the things we do for our families and why Catholicism values subsidiarity and distributism so much. These things aren’t about redistribution of wealth by government entities, but about handling life’s challenges at the lowest possible levels in society and about doing what we can at the local level.

This is also why I try to keep my family’s high-mileage vehicles on the road as long as I can. It’s not just about being cheap and achieving the best capabilities on a budget, but because I take pride in what I do with my hands and applying personal attention and care to things that are important to the people I love.

At The Art of Diesel, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Blessed New Year!

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