Monday, December 31, 2012

Out with the Old..

As I see the blogposts roll into my bloglines, I see that today the people are reflecting on the past year, so I thought I'd follow suit and write myself a little list of 2012. Just a few reminders of all that took place in a year thats almost behind us.

I'd like a jumping off point for when I begin the next year, and it begins with reflection. So here a bullet list of memories and accomplishments.

  • I read through the entire bible from Genesis to Revelation for what I think is the first time in my entire life. (I've read other parts many times over, but can't say I'd read it through the way God put it together.)
  • We put our trust in God to lead us in pulling our 3 kids from the public school and began to homeschool them in September.
  • We lived our first full year on this here homestead.
  • The Hubs began working fulltime somewhere other than his family farm for the first time in his life. (He'd done exchanges and part time jobs elsewhere)
  • Ashlyn gave her heart to Jesus in November.
  • Eden (4 years) got her first real hair cut.
  • Gabe moved into his own room.
  • We finished the basement and now consider the interior of the house finished. sigh.
  • We planted our first garden here on the fifty and wildly grew vegetables and weeds with abandon. We creamed half an acre of corn.
  • We owned our first lawnmower! A heap of junk that jiggles your insides, but its ours.
  • We planted and harvested our own acres of soybeans and corn.

I am so thankful for all the ups and downs in 2012 and know that God is working on us. We are blessed and know that all we have is His. I am excited and filled with wonder this New Years Eve, as I think about what God has in store for us for 2013. It can be hard to realize all He's done unless you make a should try it!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Seasonal sickness...

Yep. That most unwelcome guest has arrived, and it still doesn't realize that it's totally putting a cramp on our holiday style. If I were counting my thousand blessings, one of them would be thankfulness that we were able to celebrate the birth of our Saviour without the running back and forth to the lavatory.... this year, it decided to come just afterwards.

I, of course, was the lucky exception, and welcomed our guest earlier this month after returning from a night away at a waterpark hotel. You'd think I'd have been more aware after having just read the article about how totally disgusting hotel rooms can be...but no...I lived in ignorant bliss that night. I held that remote while shoveling those swedish berries in my mouth, I lived large and enjoyed every square inch of that wave pool with the throngs of vistiors from all areas of the world, probably even drank a little. Lets take a moment and think about that shall we? Pay huge bucks and lay in our used beds, flick through our channels with our little black box that hundreds have held before you..then, join us in the big water hole, and swim with our half naked guests, some of whom are too small to hold their bladders, and some of whom just really don't care about holding their bladders. Doesn't it all just sound like paradise?

WHY? why.

Anyway...for now, here, Red's been through it, The Hubs is going through it and Bubba just finished up...sitting there pale as a ghost. So, it's just the Little and I, and who even knows if this is the same strain as the water park bug..soo I may still be on the hit list.

Prayers appreciated!