Merry Christmas everyone!
Hard to believe it even is Christmas though isn’t it? No snow. Lots of rain. Gray, cloudy December.
But here it is again.
I pray that your year has been a good one and that you have found many things to be thankful for this year. We really have a lot to be thankful for.
For us, we have had some amazing experiences. I was able to go for a week, alone, to a writer’s workshop in North Carolina. It was an amazing opportunity and I learned a lot about myself and about writing in general. I also had the amazing opportunity to travel to Israel this past spring with some friends from our church and spend 10 days wandering Israel meeting new people and having amazing experiences, like swimming in the Dead Sea and in the Sea of Galilee, jumping off a replica fishing boat on my birthday the Wailing Wall and Hezekiah’s tunnel. Not to mention eating some incredible Israeli dishes!!! YUM!!!
Family members also enjoyed their own experiences. Noelle traveled quite a bit this year to various horse training experiences, especially focused in Equine Dentistry. Julia and I were able to attend Midwest Horse Fair this year, and the boys attended numerous car shows and swap meets. Todd traveled to Missouri to visit a friend and also enjoyed some time playing at the Dells in the water parks with the kids. Alex took part in a play, “Honk”, at the high school he attended, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
As a family, and often with friends, we have discovered lots of new places in our area, like Wade House, Museums like the Oshkosh Museum where we saw an amazing antique clock called the “Apostles Clock”. Kenosha where we visited several free museums, the Jelly Belly factory and wandered the lake front. Lapham Peak, and other state parks for fun and hiking. And of course, the Dells waterparks. We also enjoyed time at a pumpkin farm this past fall. Laser Tagging with another family this past summer is also listed in our list of awesome experiences this year!
Milestones this year include Ben’s graduation in June and Eli’s birth in August. Alex received his Learners Permit and has begun driving. Several birthday parties, a graduation party, a baby shower and several friends weddings round off this quite busy year.
House and property projects include, another coat of stain on the house and deck, replacing the outdated and poorly working furnace and hot water heater, pressure tank and completing installation of the in floor heating in 2 rooms of the house. Eventually, we hope that they will be working, as they still are not at this point. A few road bumps along the way have held up that process. Several projects were also finished at the shop, the big one there being the installation of a spray booth and updated Auto Body painting equipment. Huge investments this year in our properties which we are expecting to repay us in the long run.
Here at home we have welcomed a new dog, giving us 4 now, 2 cats, also at 4 now- 2 indoor/outdoor, 2 outdoor, and 10 chickens. We have lost a few here and there and currently the chicken count is at 22. We raised one batch of meat chickens, 30 this year. Horses have stayed at 4 and are all doing well and the rabbits have dropped to 3. We are hoping to rehome those 3 at some point and there is discussion about beginning to raise meat rabbits instead. This spring we attempted Maple Syrup for the first time. Not sure we will continue.
So much going on around here and we are so thankful for all of our friends and family who have encouraged us and blessed us along the way. We thank each and everyone of you who have stood by us, pitched in when they could, and prayed and encouraged us when things get difficult around here. We really could not do it without you.
I want to say a special thank you to all of you who have encouraged me along my own path this past year. I have taken on several new things this year in working the business end of Young Living a little more seriously than I ever have, writing more, even drawing more, working on a community garden at our church, and writing this blog, as well as homeschooling 4 kids. I truly appreciate all your support and encouragement!
I pray that your New Year is blessed with good health, healing where you need it, and you are blessed with abundance in your life. Abundant relationships, abundant provisions and abundant LIFE, and LIFE to the fullest!!
We Love you!! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Vicki and the Family
Thanks so much to Kirstie for doing such a great job photographing our adventures together! You totally captured this one!!
And this just because you can’t have too many pictures of a purple and pink dyed dog.
Look at all those beautiful salads and pitas and hummus and tahini and olives!!!
I do love this smile!
despite the serious face, he did enjoy the musical!!