For those of you that don't know, (and how could you when I have been missing from this space for so long!) my family has been in quite the uproar with my husband's retirement from the military. It all started in January 2017 when we found ourselves needing to move out of our rental... only to find ourselves safe in the hands of God's plan for us! Most of our belongings went into not temp storage and we moved into our then vacant church parsonage! This year has been full of SO many ups and downs, both good and bad, exhausting and emotional times but when all is said and done so VERY blessed!!
Our year led us from that cozy parsonage behind an amazing little country church, to our camper parked in Idaho with dear friends, to a few weeks back and forth from Washington to Montana to Idaho and back to Montana on a job hunt that eventually led us to a job in central Montana where we would live with family for 3 months before FINALLY closing on our house! And now, we are trying to set up our home and find a new "normal" while being oh so homesick for our church family and 4h /homeschool groups. The thread thru all of this though is that God is so good! He has provided for us time and time again and though things haven't always gone the way WE planned, we know that in His timing all things are perfect...
You see, when it snows as much as it has here in the last 4 days or so, you don't have any choice but to slow down, focus on what's important and take care of what really matters!! For us, it means staying warm in negative temperatures, making sure that our outside animals are cared for and keeping the snow shoveled or plowed before the next round of snow sets in!
It is during these times of shoveling that I find myself having some great thinking time in the cold quiet moments outside. I think of the simplicity of shoveling snow and going back into the warmth of our home and how blessed we are to have it! I think about the irony that when we were in Washington, we had so many commitments we couldn't keep up with them all and didn't take enough time to spend more time with the people that matter so much to us. Why didn't we take the time for coffee with friends more often? Why didn't we have our favorite families over for dinner more? Why didn't I bake cookies to share with neighbors? Now I find myself with no activities or commitments and a beautiful house perfect for entertaining and yet now those people we are missing so very much aren't here to have over for coffee, or dinner.
This year has been hard but full of blessings and so many of those blessings have been people that God brought into our lives. This new year that is before us will be exciting and new and full of God's blessing too... I just hope we can all be aware and present so we make the most of them!