End of a Chapter

Our Thanksgiving holiday was a working 'break' for us that wound up as the end of a chapter in our lives. We started remodeling the canning kitchen in our house into a library since we need a library and not a canning kitchen.
In the past 10 years our dreams have changed, and with them, the path we're following has, too. We used to have goats and chickens and guineas and even a milk cow, but those are all gone, and have been for a long time. Now we need more room for our books—it's the one thing we collect—so out goes the kitchen. Dismantling it was bittersweet, even though we're looking forward to a new chapter.

Even with the future being unknown to us, I can still rest without worrying. God is into details, and He cares about the details of my life. What a comfort and rock to cling to!

Warm-up Year

I must be getting smarter in my old age. (LoL. Don't I wish!) After a crummy birthday, I decided to learn something from it...

For years I've been looking forward to turning 50—but that's a long way off, and to be honest, I really don't feel like waiting until I'm 50. I want to start NOW! So I am. Rather than calling this the last year in my 30's, and so focusing on the past, I'm calling this my warm up year for my 40's and I'm looking forward. Just like a runner prepares for a marathon, I'm preparing. I'm stretching myself and working on increasing my endurance, not just my speed. I've been analyzing where I am and where I want to go and I see what I need to do get me there. I've been setting goals—written goals—making sure they're do-able so I don't get discouraged yet get things accomplished.

As I've listened to myself thinking this week, one word has emerged time and time again. Accomplish. I want to accomplish things this year, and by focusing, following my plans and reaching my goals I will. I expect this to be my best year yet, and I plan on making it my best year yet! That's worth celebrating!

I Did It!!

Well, it wasn't me. For 13 months I have tried to get onto blogger--and have pulled my hair out on many occassions. I worked through their troubleshooting guide a couple times and it didn't work--until today. There are some things I really want to do/accomplish this year, and it seemed this was the next step, so I took a few hours today, and God opened the path before me. For 'some reason' things worked and I've been able to access blogger and even begin to get things started here. In my opinion it's a God's timing thing and I'm so excited!
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