(We have an overflow from our well that runs constantly into the pond. The ducks swim in the little bit of water even in the coldest of temperatures.)
So many thoughts are going through my head now that Christmas Day is over.
I appreciate the New Year as a time of reflection.
Thinking most of all of how to work along side each of my children better - to nurture their gifts, encourage them to take risks, and to develop more of a rhythm and calmness to our days especially for the younger ones.
Organizing every nook and cranny of our house has also started and will continue through the end of next week. Thinking about what we need, what we don't need.
I have been thinking about working to spend less money in the coming year (that will also result on less stress on the earning side). Making and growing more, and also using up what I have. Thinking about what would be really special for each child that I could make throughout the year so I don't end up purchasing so many gifts for next Christmas.
The more I listen to and read David Platt, the more I am convicted to live radically. I am thinking about the idea of keeping our living expenses within a set framework and then giving the rest. As Americans we have been blessed with much and are so rich. God surely did not intend for us to use that wealth to destroy his creation with more and bigger stuff.
Mike and I have been thinking about our business and how it fits into our family's vision - whether it takes up too much of my time and how to work out that balance so that we don't lose our core family values.
Sitting and planning and praying about how to approach homeschooling this second half of the year to meet the state's requirements while wanting our children to love learning. Going through the book, Leadership Education, with Mike to give us a framework.
You can see a family living out this method at Renee's blog, FIMBY.
Looking forward to the New Year and sharing bit of our family's days here and how all these thoughts actually play out.