Thursday, December 13, 2018

It's Christmas Time

Just where does the time go?  Where did this year go?  Christmas is almost here and I am so not ready this year.  I still have lots to get done so praying that all will work out in time for everything to go smoothly.

It's been a rough year.  A trying year.  I believe I am ready to start fresh in the new year.  I am ready for new beginnings.  For a hope that things will be better.  I was not going to renew my Crew Review commitment but then decided that I really wanted to try to do better.  To complete what I had begun.  It really has been a blessing with curriculum for the kids.  It just gets so hard sometimes when there is so much to do.  I pray for direction and more organization in the new year.

Organization.  Now that's a word.  I'm always striving for more organization.  I want to get the house in order and be done with the excessive clutter.  I have made strides this year but would like to complete that project as well.

I also hope to do better with blogging and participating more in blog hops and such.  I need to create a consistent schedule and then stick to it.  I will make this short and save more reflections for a future post.  May your year end with blessings and hope.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Winter Garden

Winter garden

It has been a trying year.  This fall/winter has been a trying time.  Financially things have not been the best.  This year alone our a/c went out, our septic went out, our deep freeze died and just recently our fridge died.  I also found out at the beginning of the year that I would be in for thousands of dollars of necessary dental work (mostly repairing/replacing crowns).  But God.  Through all the trials, my Lord has been with us.  Provision has come, one way or another.  It has still been rough, but we have not gone hungry or wanting for anything.  Bills have gotten behind and restored. We persevere.

Our winter garden above looks desolate, lost, barren.  But in the spring it will be an empty canvas for a productive future.  We failed again to prepare it before the winter weather hit, but if all fails we will get it done in the spring, like we did this year, before planting.  Each year it gets a little better and things come together more.  We upgraded with composite boards this year and should be able to have all the beds finished by next spring/summer with composite.  We were able to get them on deep discounts.  We also combined a lot of beds which made for more planting space and less wasted aisle space that just gets filled with grass and weeds.

The weeds and bugs around here will always be a hideous challenge every year, but with perseverance, we will prevail.  I went with Sevin dust this year and had good results. I think I might try neem oil again next year and see if we can still have good results.  It is a much better organic alternative but it didn't work so well several years ago.  The squash bugs are just so bad here and they seem to take out everything.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ecc 3:1
Seasons.  There are seasons in nature and seasons in our life.  Each day begins anew and His mercies are renewed every morning.  I thank God for His provision in our lives and I thank Him for being with us always.  Our homesteading journey, however slow it may be in this season, is so worth it and rewarding.  Each year there are at least small improvements. It will come, I believe, with time and patience.  Don't lose hope and don't lose your dream.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

He Got One!

After much anticipation and waiting, he got one! This was Sam's third year hunting.  No luck the first year, got one but lost it in tracking last year, got one this year!  Nice sized 7 point buck. Meat in the freezer, thank you Jesus!  He was so happy and proud to be able to contribute to the family in providing some wonderful meat.  We are so grateful for God's provision.  Looking forward to some yummy meals ahead.  Do you have any hunters in your family?  May you also be blessed if you do.

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