As R. M. Ballantyne says, "life is checkered". This past year has been filled with blessings, surprises, sorrows, joys, disappointments, dreams, and plans. There have been some big changes too. I'll just briefly cover a few of the things that have happened, or are soon to happen.
We are moving!
|Where a bumpy dirt road leads home...|
|The place where magnificent oaks grow beside ferneries...|
|Where I can watch the sun rise on the lake...|
|Where the work of several years is bestowed...|
|Where orange groves surround us with blossoms in the spring, and fruit in the winter...|
|Where the road continues down to the lake...|
|And our plants and improvements are...|
|Where smoke and trash need to be cleaned away...|
|Where there is no sunrise on the lake...|
|Where we will start all over again...|
But the saying is that "home is where the heart is" and it's true. Our hearts have been drawn to the Williston area for two reasons:
1) Our church is there. We believe that the Lord has led us to this church, and it is where we should be.
2) We would cut the distance between us and our grandparents in half, and be able to see them multiple times each month, instead of multiple times each year.
Hopefully we will still come over towards the east coast sometimes, but almost 90 miles is quite a distance, and so we probably won't be coming over very often. Our friends here will still continue to be very dear to us though, and if you are ever passing near Bronson or Williston, we would love to see you!
And now for announcement number 2:
Yes, that's right- number 11 is on the way, due in May! We are very excited!
And then of course, we've been working on improving the farm, and selling animals has been teaching me how to deal with people in business situations. It has especially helped me improve my phone skills, or rather taught me some. (I used to be terrible on the phone, particularly with making calls- I'm a little better now.)
As for school... A couple of the younger ones learned how to read, and a couple of those who knew how started discovering that it was actually fun. Of course, most of us knew that long ago, but they weren't convinced. :) Evan is moving forward on graduating, and I'm doing more writing, both on my other blog and privately.
The Lord has been so good to us this year- providing for many of our needs, forming and strengthening friendships, and showing us ways to bless people. He has also protected us spiritually and physically (and with 10 children running, jumping, climbing, working, playing, wrestling (for the boys) and otherwise employing themselves inside and outside, that's a lot of physical protection!) He has guided us through our little trials, and strengthened us by them. We are so grateful to Him for His loving care throughout the past year, and are looking forward to what the coming one holds !