When we started our journey toward this intentional life just five years ago this October, this is the life we imagined. We had many bumps and bruises along the way and sacrifices and hardships but through it all we kept our minds on God and what plans he has for us. "Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." - Colossians 3:2. There were many times I thought that maybe Mike should just get a "real" job and we should abandon our dreams.
Choosing a less followed path has required a great deal of faith ~ faith that God would be with us every step of the way. We are continually reminded to listen to our inner voice, that of God, leading us.
Although I feel overjoyed about finding and living in our forever homestead, I just know that God has more challenges in store for me and that I will need to stretch myself even more to make a difference.
With the blessing of our home, comes the responsibility of hospitality. I am working hard on relaxing more when getting ready for company to come over. No matter how busy I am with children and business and the endless chores, it is important for our family to open our home to family and friends.
We had our third weekend in a row of hosting. On Sunday with the skating conditions perfect and having found the switch that turns on the outside lights that shine on the pond, we just knew we needed to host an evening skating and potluck. It turned out to be a great remedy for the cabin fever that has been invading area homes. About seventeen people came to share in the delicious food and to skate. It was magical to watch the children skating once night had fallen as the light shone on the pond with the big puffy snowflakes coming down all around.
A little extra work for me, yes, but worth it - worth every beautiful memory.