Friday, March 16, 2018

A Grateful Heart


Happy Friday to you, friends. Oh, how lovely the extra hour of daylight in the evenings has been this week! I love being able to have a more leisurely evening transition with dinner and chores not being such a race to finish before it gets dark.

And while the weather remains a mix of sunshine and rain and snow, and the barnyard is buried under a sea of mud, we enjoyed a nice break from our homeschool endeavors this past week and spent a bit more time in the out-of-doors soaking up the little bits of springtime.

Including an impromptu and very casual photo shoot.

I asked my hubby to join me for a new photo to put on my blogs' about pages. I wanted something kind of artsy, perhaps we could gaze lovingly into one another's eyes and the lighting would be just right and my hair would blow perfectly in the breeze?

Nope. Not with our sweet daughter holding the camera and the goats nibbling at our feet (we were perched upon the spool in the goat pen) and Jack barking in the yard as the rest of our tribe tossed snowballs back and forth.

So my new about page photo may not be very fancy or anywhere close to perfect... but neither are we. And the love we felt and the laughter captured in that photo is as real as can be. {smile} I love it.

Here are a few snippets from my ongoing gratitude list this week ~

:: 4 months! I can hardly believe it has been four months since I began my {ed} recovery journey. I truly feel like a different person inside and I am so thankful. For years, I kept all of those {ed} feelings inside and managed to hold it together and keep it all hidden from my sweet family and friends... but now I am free and loving life and oh-so happy. Praise the Lord.

:: Bluebirds. We saw our first bluebirds of spring on our homestead this week. So exciting!

:: A reminder. I listened to an online sermon this week that reminded me that if we seek affirmation or approval or validation from people - even if it is sincerely given - it will never be enough to satisfy our souls. Fame, "likes", followers, popularity... those things do *not* matter, friends. May we seek our worth in the One who is worthy and who loves us eternally and unconditionally!

:: Sunshine. Maybe just maybe some of this mud will dry up and being outdoors will be a lot easier. And our house will be easier to keep clean, too!


Thank you for coming by my blog(s) this week friends... this one and Run Hoop Julie and Images of a Happy Gentle Life, too. I do appreciate it! I wish you much peace and gratitude...

Love,