February 16, 2018

A Grateful Heart

Happy Friday to you, dear friends.

It is a blustery day on our homestead. Gray sky, white ground, and a gusty wind causing the falling snow to move sideways before it lands upon the earth. The outdoor thermometer says 25 degrees (F) and the windchill makes it seem quite a bit colder than that. Brrr.

But our animals are tended to and there is a large batch of taco-style lentils and brown rice simmering upon the stove for our lunch and we are warm and cozy with a lovely fire burning in the wood stove.

All is well on our home sweet homestead. {smile}

I am thankful we all spent some time in the out-of-doors yesterday. Mid-afternoon, I suggested that all of my children join Jack and me for an afternoon walkabout. We ended up spending about an hour in the fresh air and sunshine... in the back pasture and then the front pasture and then some time in the yard for sledding and goat petting.

Here are a few more of the things from my ongoing gratitude list today...

:: Cooking and eating without rules or restrictions. I did enjoy my years of being vegan, but I have grown quite fond of simply enjoying food of all kinds without any stress whatsoever. It has only been a bit more than {3 Months} but I am indeed marveling at the changes I have experienced in that short amount of time. Praise the Lord.

:: Our church. I often mention the lovely online sermons that I enjoy listening to throughout the week, they are a blessing! Those sermons are a supplement to the wonderful Bible-based teaching and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ at the church we have attended for twenty years now. I am thankful for the church we call home.

:: Self-care. I've mentioned before that I have been working on being kinder to myself... giving myself permission to let things go, even some good things, to make room for better things. To leave things with the Lord to be handled His way in His timing, not giving them another thought myself.

Good and necessary things, those. So wonderfully freeing indeed!

To help break my habit of being so over-achievement oriented, I deliberately let my daily Hebrew practice streak go... after more than 500 days! I'm still studying and learning that beautiful language, but without the self-imposed pressure to keep that daily streak going. It is lovely.

:: Valentine's Day. It was a simple day at our place... I thought you might like to see the cake I told you I was making. It was a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, dotted with chocolate candies. We ate the whole thing for dessert after supper. It was delicious!

Thank you for coming by my blog this week, friends. I appreciate everyone who comes by to read my ramblings and look at the photos I share.

Lord willing, next week I will share our favorite meatball recipe with you and do a show-and-tell of the long skirt I just finished sewing. Do check back for those things...

I wish you a fantastic weekend where you are!

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