A very happy and blessed January to you all. Despite the current events surrounding us, we can be a light in our homes for our families.
I’ve been trying my best to make life “normal” for everyone. News is on at a minimum, and life has been going on as usual for us.
Since I’m not on many social media outlets any longer, I thought it would be fun to share a newsletter of sorts with you today.
January has been nice and cold for us here in north Georgia. We have had to take precautions to keep our outdoor animals warm on almost a nightly basis, which is rather unusual for us. It has made snuggling up on the couch with my little guys extra cozy, though.
At the end of 2020, we spent four nights at a beach house in South Carolina. It was glorious! (But cold). At the same time, it is nice to be home.
After returning home, we started back to our studies, and one of my oldest daughters returned to her responsibilities at one of our local professional ballet companies. She also just accepted a paid position at a Christian contemporary ballet company as well. They are preparing a piece called “Encounter,” which they will be performing in March. It is so nice to see her thriving at what she loves.
Garden plans are in full swing. My husband has been working on making lots of raised beds for me out of wooden fence boards. Seeing the raised beds outside of our living room window brings me such joy!
My husband and oldest son also recently completed a goat shelter. Once we build a fence, we hope to add goats to our small homestead. To be truthful, we already are looking at goat listings. This is probably not the smartest thing…putting the cart before the horse is never a good idea. Or in our case, the goats before the fence!
Our home is almost completely painted white now, and it looks lovely. We do need to rent a lift to complete the back, which will probably come within the next month or so. This week my husband replaced two windows that badly needed it, and I’m very pleased with the outcome. We plan to pick out trim this weekend to complete the project.
My one year old is currently on a nursing strike, which is hard for my mama heart. I am pumping, and I hope to keep breast milk in his system at least through the winter. It has been challenging, but I know in the grand scheme of things this is very minor.
I’m working on purchasing items for my son’s birthday in February. He will be turning eleven, and is interested in everything about exploring. He has asked for a camera, field guides, nets, a magnifying glass, and a coon skin hat, ha! He is such a fun and sweet guy to have around, and I must say that I am rather enjoying shopping for him.
I have started to write Scripture in a lined notebook that I’m currently selling on Amazon. I’m writing through the book of James, and it has quieted by heart this month.
Now for a bit of encouragement…
Mamas, we mustn’t lose heart. We have so many lovely things to be thankful for, and the Lord has given us a wonderful calling to fulfill in our home that matters.
All of the little things that go on in your home matter to Him. We can glorify Him by being a good steward of the time that we spend here.
We can rejoice in hope for our future, and for the futures of our children. It is by the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. His compassions fail not.
This I recall to my heart— therefore I have hope: Because of the mercies of Adonai we will not be consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning! Great is Your faithfulness. “ Adonai is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” Adonai is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of Adonai .
Lamentations 3:21-26 TLV
Let’s wait quietly for the Lord while we diligently serve our families in our homes. Many blessings to you, ladies!