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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Looking Back and Going Forward

I remember where I was that night, very well. We were still living in the brick house that belonged to my mother. That evening all the kids came for dinner. We talked, we laughed and before the clock struck midnight, we unplugged the computer….just incase!

You probably remember that night, too! We had a little cash on hand, a pantry well stocked, bottled water, and extra batteries! We were as prepared as we could be, given all the circumstances. Y2K or not, we would be okay for a while.

This past decade has seen many changes in our lives. We’ve added eight grandkids! My hair is grayer, dh’s beard is longer. Mom passed away, along with dh’s brother, my best friend, and numerous others we were close to. They are missed.

We scaled down, moving back to the mobile home we had “loaned” to DS#1 and his family. We started raising chickens, rabbits and goats, along with our Border Collies and “herd” of cats! And now we also have horses. Our life is different, richer in some ways, poorer in others.

We decided to home school, began eating a more natural diet (no more Crisco!), and started a home based business. We live within the grace of each season….we garden, we gather, and we put up! We are healthier, if not wiser; happy and tired.

We enjoy slow cooking and cooking outdoors. We love watching the animals and look forward to each year’s new additions. We daydream together and share what we have with others. We study and pray. We take each day, one day at a time.

What will ten more years bring? What changes will we see? Only He knows. Our present and our future is in His Hands. May we find favor in His Sight.

Happy New Year! May you be blessed in ways you never dreamed!



  1. Good reflections! My husband and I are trying to unplug a little, eat better, and live a little greener. It sounds as you have done much of that in the last decade.

    I wish you a new decade filled with health and joy. Happy 2010!

  2. Thanks for posting, Traci. Yes, we have made more than a few changes and I am looking forward to making a few more this year. We keep trying to improve the quality of this life we enjoy.

    May 2010 be the best year ever for you and your family!


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