Happy New Year + The Start of the Gardening Season!

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Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the new year.

Christmas this past year was different. Bradley worked Christmas Eve–meaning that he left the house at 6:45 A.M. Christmas Eve and came home a little after 7 A.M. Christmas Day. With the addition of the Winter storm, it was just weird. The anticipation was there and then poof! Christmas was suddenly over.

Despite the differences, we were able to make the best of it and still have fun. One night after I got off work we drove through Christmas lights. We watched a Christmas movie nearly every night…including a few new ones. And our special dinners still took place just maybe on a different day and we still got to go see extended family.

Now, that we’re officially in 2023 the planning has begun.

We’re sitting down and talking about what we want to work on this year and how we want to improve the Homestead. I’ve started researching ways that we can improve our seed-starting technique and JoJo has been looking at ways to improve the chicken coop. Dad’s been looking online for a new flock of layers and meat birds, Mom has been researching herbs, and Bradley has been looking at the equipment and supplies we might need.

Now that January is in full swing and there’s been a lot of rain and clouds we’re all anxiously awaiting the sunshine, and warm temperatures, and we’re ready to get our hands in the dirt.

If I’m being honest, 2022 ended much differently than I anticipated, hoped, and prayed for. As a result, 2023 has begun much differently than “normal”. But maybe that’s the lesson I needed. Instead of trying so hard to make everything perfect and prevent failure; I can take a step back and implement small changes as necessary. Strive to make each day better than the last, learn from my mistakes, listen for God’s direction, and ultimately shine for Him.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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