Opening Christmas cards from GrandmaThese are just the cards from Grandma. We also received some from our closest friends this year. It means so much to us!The snow about a week or so ago…It’s even thicker now. The lake starting to freeze over. Now it is almost frozen over. I went to Walmart yesterday and we saw these “Ugly Sweater Cookies” that you decorate. I don’t know why they would call them ugly sweaters. I think they are kind of cute! The kids had fun decorating them this morning instead of doing math. : ) Elisabeth really took her time on hers. Leah did too… Hannah’s sweater cookies.
While we don’t stay up for New Years, I cannot help but reflect on the past year. We have seen 3 of our neighbors pass away. Our little Benjamin born and my mother was able to visit us this year for 2 weeks. We had the scare of the Okanogan Complex fires too.
Looking ahead, I believe our debt will be paid off. Our first debt on Feb 1st will only have $1,300 left to it. On November 9th we had over $5,400 left to pay on it. We are going without everything that we can and we are doing okay. We put our meager savings towards it and a little other money that came in. I’m hoping towards the beginning of Fall when our second debt is paid off that the Lord will have mercy on us and move us. I’m going to start reading through the Bible again this year. I love to read it randomly but believe it’s healthy to read it through as well. Matthew reads through it almost yearly. I believe he’s read through it about 8 or 9 times since we’ve been married now. He has big plans to expand our garden this year. He and little Matthew are just itching to get busy on the garden again.
I pray that all my friends and family will have a good year, but better yet, be strong in the Lord and bear through the hard trials that are going to be ahead for some of us. Some of our closest brothers and sisters in Christ are going through their most troubled time in their marriages – dire trouble, and it appears that the marriages will be destroyed. We feel almost as devastated about it as they do. It hurts. We are praying for reconciliation and a miracle.