Updates from the Homestead
Life seems to be a string of never ending busyness. A home to manage, food to cook, laundry to be done, time spent with family and friends. Knowing how to use my time wisely is something I’ve always taken seriously. Even more so as I started out the New Year my prayer has been, “Lord am I using my time as wisely as I could?”. I see areas where I am and areas where I am not. So lately I’ve been focusing on the areas I’m not and seeing how I could improve on this. We all need down time so lately I’ve been asking myself how much down time is enough? How much time on the computer is enough? How much time spent running around is too much? Not that I’m being hard on myself but just examining the best use of my time.
My son Jacob celebrated his 20th birthday this last week. He is my 6th child and I seriously have to ask myself where did all the time go!!?? He is a great kid.. and I am so proud of him. He works nearly full time (30 hours a week) and is his degree non-traditionally.. He is working on a computer degree.. and almost ready for his last year of college.. he started a little over a year ago. He is determined, goal oriented and willing to work for what he wants. He makes his mama and dad very proud. On his birthday he asked for it to be “low key” .. so I bought pizza and sushi for him and made some chip dip.. he had a couple friends over and his brothers.. on one night they had a Halo marathon (Halo is an xbox game) and the second afternoon was spent on a computer game.. League of Legends.. I know nothing about any of it.. but they were really into it :D ..
My daughter Leanne is currently in Spain! Another adventure for her. She does plan to come home and settle down and begin looking for work. But she saved for and planned this trip (as well as the NYC trip) before she left S. Korea. She is having a great time with her friend Rona (she met Rona several years ago when she went to visit Emily while she was working in Denmark as an au pair and has remained friends with her ever since). Here are a few pics of her and Rona…
Now that I’ve finished doing my cleaning and organizing in my basement storage area I’m coming up with my plans for February’s Homemaking Challenge. I’ll let everyone know what it is in another week or so!
How has your winter been? Ours here in the Pacific Northwest has been mild beyond anything that I’ve seen. We’ve been having highs in the 40’s and basically no snow or winter harshness. On one hand I’ve really enjoyed this. On the other hand the area needs the rain and snow pack to ensure ample water supply for our area in the upcoming year. One of the hardest things I know is dealing with children and my husband having to drive through snow and ice and winter hazards. I spend lots of time praying and pacing until they are home and safe. For that reason alone I’ve been thankful to not have to deal with that this winter. But it is a first since I’ve lived here! We will see what the rest of the year holds. I know so many people in the rest of the country are dealing with a very difficult winter.
And the last topic for this update is my own personal goal. I started this year with a deep need to spend serious time on my prayer life. Keeping a prayer journal of needed prayers for family and friends is important to me as well as journaling answered prayer. Journaling answered prayer is a huge encouragement when you are dealing with discouraging times. The other reason being very serious in my prayer life is important to me (other than the obvious Scriptural reasons why prayer is important) is that I had one of my daughters ask me a question.. “Why did you choose to follow God when you were at the point in your life you were searching?” .. My answer to her, “My grandmothers prayers”.. My grandmother was a prayer warrior. She prayed daily for all her children and grandchildren and many others. I believe today that her prayers are what softened my heart and played a huge role in my salvation. My prayer today has been.. “May I be a woman, as my grandmother, who prays diligently and fervently for my loved ones”. Do you keep a prayer journal?
That is all from my homestead!! Crystal