Well, Happy New Year, Hobby Farm.
I’ll admit that we’ve been a little neglectfull the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, we’ve paid the price. One of our chickens died last night. She had been in a molt & I think the stress & the cold were just too much for her. Even worse, it was Kristen’s chicken, Princess. She took the news pretty well, and I think that it helped that Joel prefaced the news with "We need to be sure to take care of Johnny (her cat) really well in this cold weather. Make sure he has water and food." And then he told her that one of the chickens had died. She cried of course & I felt so bad, especially since she’d been playing on the ice on the pond & was so happy this morning. I reminded her that things go wrong sometimes and when they do we need to learn from it & try not to let it happen again. I guess we’ll be keeping a closer watch on the chickens during the remainder of this cold snap.
On a much happier note: we had friends from church over yesterday & we played Euchre. They killed us for two games before we started getting "good" cards. Joel thinks they may have slacked off on us. It was so much fun. I haven’t played Euchre in at least ten years.
Christmas was really, really hectic and that’s why you haven’t heard from me. I know you’re really interested in my boring New Year’s Resolutions, so I’ll share a couple: lose 10 pounds and keep it off for the rest of the year (from when I hit the magic 10 lb. mark); my credit card is on a fast until Resurrection and after that the goal is save first, spend second (I think this one also includes a major avoidance of the fabric & craft stores since they seem to get me into TONS of trouble. I also have so many projects in the sewing room & the crafting bags in the living room, that I don’t need to make any purchases for a long, LONG time!); my biggest goal is to stay focused on WHY we’re homeschooling our kids. I don’t want ordinary kids that settle for an ordinary life. I want my kids to know who they are in Christ and I want them to know truth. Only truth will set them free & give them a truly fulfilled life. The goal is eternity, not just a college education (although those do come in handy down here on planet earth, they are not the end result that we seek). So, I resolve; I settle; and I press on. The race is not to the swift, but to the diligent.
And that’s what’s happening on the homestead.