Each day I wake up and thank God for breath, for the sun coming up, for our home and for our family.
This summer has gone by especially fast as we have been in the process of selling our little homestead and figuring out where to go from here. We experienced some hard times this past spring when our business slowed way down and we felt quite isolated with very few options. While not really knowing exactly what we would do if our house did sell, we felt that at least a property with a bit more land, woods, and outbuildings could serve our needs better and give us more income possibilities including a bit more farming.
As we have not found "our " place yet, we are going to be staying here through the winter as the new-to-be owners are not planning to move here from Wisconsin until April 1st. This will give us time to perhaps find a property that includes our wish list:
- an old farmhouse
- 4 plus acres, mostly wooded
- a barn
- a workshop
Not sure if there is such a thing in our price range, but we are praying that we will find it.
Our business is super busy - we are so thankful. We have come to appreciate that while the work itself may not be our passion - the flexibility allows Mike and I to live out our life with passion - serving our family, our church, and our community. We also have time to continue with the simple pleasures of cutting, splitting and stacking firewood, gardening, and keeping animals. I also have maybe just a wee bit of time - or do my best to make some time, for my own personal creative pursuits.
I am planning our homeschool year - getting back to some basics and a plan for some-what structured mornings. I have come to accept that I am not an unschooling mom. Maybe because we have a large family and I need to attend to the needs of many - Many because I simple haven't been able to completely trust. Whatever the reason, I finally conclude after 12 plus years of homeschooling, that some structured learning time is what works best for us. The children's afternoons will still be their own - to follow their passions.
Just wanted to catch up a bit.