What a wonderful year 2011 has been.
We were able to support our family of now nine with the work of our little home business. A goal though for the new year is to be better stewards of our money - to save a bit for when the business does have slow times and for emergencies.
We also want to balance the time on our business with time needed on our homestead - both our home, outbuildings, gardens, fenced in areas for the goats, and growing/planting more fruit trees/bushes.
One of my homesteading goals is to make our own soft cheeses from raw milk from a nearby farm and to get our goats bred this coming fall so that we can start milking next spring.
This year also brought the birth of Emmy - oh what an amazing gift - both her birth and her sweet healthy self. Through the hard pregnancy I learned to let go and to concentrate on what matters most and my goal in 2012 is to continue this - to be fully present for my family and to serve them selflessly.
Already my hands have been busy this year with knitting and needle felting. My personal goal is to spend more time in artistic creative pursuits - I enjoy drawing and want to work more with wool and wood.
I am so thankful for all the gifts 2011 brought and look forward to learning, growing and serving in 2012, and keeping myself always open to God's leading.
Wishing you joy and peace in the New Year!