Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to sit down and write. I took the past couple of weeks to pause and get my head on straight, so to speak. I’ve still been toying around with things behind the scenes but I took some time to step back on social media and most of the business-y things.
Both Bradley and Billie Jo are done with school until College classes begin in the Fall. Dad is likely home for just a few more days and I really wanted to make the most of this extra time with family.
And to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it. I was thinking the other day that I’ve envisioned my life as a Hallmark movie. Busy schedules, meetings with important people, routine trips to the coffee shop where they know me by name, and lots of good music playing the background of my life.
I realized though that my life is more like a country song.
A slower pace, living off the land, and a reliance on each other and God to provide for our needs. Neighbors helping neighbors, country dinners around the table, and everyone working together to keep everything going.
We’ve still been doing a LOT of work on the homestead. We calculated that we’re actually at least two years ahead of where we would be had Dad continued to work. Not only is our garden expanded we also decided to add bunnies to our homestead. The hutches should be almost completely outfitted with hay mangers, pellet feeders, and water bowls! Our garden should be in the ground by the end of this week. They’ll be tomatoes (lots of tomatoes), herbs, onions, peppers, squash, corn, and beans, in addition to our salad greens that we’ve been enjoying the past few weeks.
We’ve also enjoyed just relaxing. Watching some of our favorite shows on T.V. like the original “Magnum P.I.”, “The Walton’s” “C.H.I.P.S.” and “NCIS: LA”. There’s been a lot of long talks on the front porch using our new patio furniture, and patriotic lights. Our front porch looks like a little camper! (: I’ve even learned to play Solitare and enjoy the quiet.
If I’m quiet and still long enough I’ll actually taste contentment. The feeling that even though life isn’t how I envisioned it would be at this point; it’s pretty great!
I don’t know quite how to put into words just how I feel about a lot of this…
There are a lot of things that frustrate me, make me angry and very confused. But there’s also a LOT of things to be thankful for. A lot that wouldn’t have been able to be done had it not been for these circumstances. And a LOT of lessons learned.
I really do wonder if when all is said and done just how many of us will be able to echo Joseph and say, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done…” (Genesis 50:20)?
Until next time,