In the New Year
















So far in this new year we…

**Ate the traditional pork and kraut with grandmas and grandpas. It is so good to have the people you love around that big table to start off a new year. 

**Took in a magnificent sunset on a most chilly New Year’s Day.

**Admired the beauty of our creator and how makes all things new again, like white snow and the art work he formed on the windows. 

** Bundled up for snowy sled rides and forts making. 

** Painted and made crafts in a warm house. 

** Smoked trout (one of last years goals that never got checked off the list. If you know me, I am a list person and if it is on there it needs to get done). Learned from this book. 

** Did some seed ordering and garden dreaming

** Declared Sunday of PA Farm Show Week an at home farm show day. We kept it on TV all day and ate our own farm show pork bbq sandwiches, fries, and milkshakes. We debated kicking the chairs to the side and standing to eat while letting the kids eat on the floor for that true farm show experience. Too many germs caused illness after the show last year, we decided it was better to stay home this year. 

And dreaming of what the rest of the year will be like….

**Will it be a baby brother or sister? Eeek!!!!! We will only find out in April when he or she is born!

**Preparing to make Gracie’s room bigger by fixing up the secret nook so sisters can share a room. 

** A greenhouse for all those seeds we ordered

** Scotty camper building

** Digging our spring out for a small pond 

** More fruit trees and grapevines

**Chicks to hatch

**Most importantly growing closer to the Lord and knowing His plans for us here 

Wishing you a great start to the New Year! Embrace the blessings and adventures.



The Path Ahead


Well it is the new year and New Year’s Day is usually my least favorite day/holiday just because Christmas is over and it is a really long wait till spring.  But this year I embraced the day and looked forward to all the opportunities waiting in 2013. I am filled with hope and excitement every time I think about all that I want to accomplish in this new year.

Number one on my list is to start packing up this house! Many of you know that Brook and I have been looking for a house but the timing was just always a little off. so we both said we would start packing up and when the time is right the Lord with provide a house of our own. So I have already begun the packing process. One box a day.

Number two on the list is to love more. This can mean something different to everyone, but I would like to take the time, that precious time, and listen and care more deeply for others. I always have good intentions of serving a little more but at the end of the day my priorities seem to get the best of me. We are to love God with all our heart, mind, and strength above all else. We are also called to love our neighbor as ourself. Christ placed a high value on his relationships and showed us how to love even the unlovable. In loving us he died for us. That is unconditional love. So in this new year I want to love unselfishly putting lesser attractions aside and to love like Christ.

God has a plan for my life just like he has one for yours. I really need to take time to listen (maybe even learning to listen) this year to what he wants me to be doing instead of making my own. Aren’t his plans always greater than our own anyway?

Have a Blessed New Year!