Friday, August 17, 2018

A Grateful Heart


Happy Friday to you! What a week we had! Getting our hay (and a flat tire) and starting preparations for our soon-to-begin twenty-first (!) year of homeschooling and celebrating a birthday and going to appointments along with all of the regular things that fill our days. Whew! I like to keep happy-busy but this past week did require a lot more time away from the homestead than I prefer.

The medical appointment that our daughter and I attended together on her nineteenth birthday will never be forgotten, I daresay... neither by us nor the medical professional involved. Such a mix of laughter and tears it was! And the appointment we had today to follow-up on that birthday appointment left us with mixed feelings and much to pray about and sort through and discuss and consider.

It all makes me abundantly grateful for the wonderful relationship this daughter of mine and I have together. So grateful!

We are thankful that she is perfectly healthy in every way... and also processing the reality of a newly discovered congenital condition that she has that will likely affect her ability to bear children one day. (I am sharing that information with her approval.) And this dear young woman has always - for as long as I can remember - said that her heart's desire is to be a wife and a mama of six... oh, how my own heart aches for her tonight, as she clings to her faith and trust in Jesus with her usual genuine cheerfulness.

Perhaps the Lord will lead me to go into her condition a bit more in this space one day as she has encouraged me to, but I think that is enough for now. It's really her story to tell, should she ever choose to share it. Thank you for praying for us and especially for her, friends, as we digest all of this and consider our/her options and lean on and love one another like we always do. {smile}

And in spite of all of that, her birthday was joyous and we had a celebration with cake and presents and all the usual fun. We do know how to party around here, ha!

Here are a few more things from my gratitude list this week~


:: five tons of hay all stacked and ready for winter ::


:: the many hummingbirds on our feeder this week ::


:: lingering wildflowers that remain in the pastures of our homestead ::


:: the mule deer bucks that we have been keeping an eye on all summer ::

And I am still savoring the moments I had to hoopdance in the out-of-doors this week. Happiness!

I am also thankful for the mundane beauty of everyday life...
online sermons...
that I chose to recover from my eating disorder...
for a cute top that I found second-hand this week...
for my dog and his never ending loyal friendship...
that it is cool outside at the time of day that I do my running...
that a friend gave us a frozen turkey...
that God will never leave me nor forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6)...
for coffee with goat milk sipped with my hubby or my daughter or just me and my thoughts...
that my getting older cow-friend Matilda is healthy and strong...
and that my hubby still has a happy twinkle in his eye when he looks at me after all of these many years together. *blush*

Thanks so much for coming by my blog today. 💟

Wishing you a lovely weekend wherever you are~