My favorite time of year in when Fall and Winter comes around! I LOVE the cooler weather! And I love the days getting shorter! I also love the holidays clustered together during these months :)
But lately I have found that I love the longer days as well. We stay inside during the peak of the heat.
But at 6 pm…We venture out. Dinner is already made and awaiting daddy's arrival. The sun is on the other side of the house. And I just stand in awe!
The children do their evening animal and garden chores. And if they finish quickly, they play outside! I am in awe that the Lord gave them to me. And that he has allowed me to be a mother!
And I water the landscaping! This has become such a peaceful time! A time to reflect on our day! A time to pray for my husband, children, friends and family! And a time to just thank the Lord for his infinite mercy! I have even assigned friends names to certain plants to remind me to pray for them. ;)
The colors of the plants are so pretty! And the evening breeze makes it just perfect! I look around and I see the past three years and all that the Lord has brought us through! I see our testimony in our land!
The rough areas we have rubbed away. Like the rough edges that the Lord has rubbed away in our lives! The pain of yesterday becomes a beautiful fragrance of today! The reminder that just as our land is and will always be a work in process, so are we!
When we desired to move to the country, I never imagined that it would impact me the way it has! This land is our testimony! A ongoing example of our walk with the Lord! And all he is done! And a beautiful reminder that He is not finished with us! :)
So many people just look at our home and think we just do a lot of projects. To make everything "pretty" on the surface! But what they do not see is the testimony! How God broke us here! How we learned here what true stewardship really looks like!
How God straightened our path! And made clear where our family's boundaries should be! And how he equipped us with the confidence in Him to learn how to steer away from people and things that would deter us from that path.
And all the twists and turns that we never thought we would take, only made our faith in the Lord and his providence stronger! The people we have met. The things we have been through that I would have NEVER volunteered for! All became beautiful!