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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

When a Blog goes Silent...

In the blogger world, silence can mean many things... like maybe the blog-person has become lazy, or perhaps has lost internet service, or maybe just plain lost interest... nothing new to report, nothing worth blogging about...

But sometimes, a blog silence can mean the blog-person is wholly invested in the business of living life and can't even find a moment (or two) to sit down and tell you all...

... to just Simply tell you all that our Life has been Crazy Busy, filled with Amazing Changes and overflowing with Scary Blessings this past month...

I don't hardly know where to begin.  So many life-changing, down-on-your-knees, Lord-are-you-sure moments in the space between Thanksgiving and Christmas...

There's no organizing my thoughts or emotions, so, in no particular order, here's our current life status in snapshot-short synopsis:

Right before Thanksgiving our sweet daughter and her husband finished the work of becoming certified for the Foster-to Adopt program in Texas!

 
One week later they received a call for an emergency placement.  Just like that they became "parents" to brothers who had been severely burned in a house fire.  Precious babies, hurting and scared, Katie and Jordan dropped everything and took them in...they have been wrapped in love ever since. And Katie and Jordan's orderly life has taken on an absurdly hectic, heavenly buzz!  More on that journey in the weeks to come...

Just as we welcomed the boys around our Thanksgiving table, we received word that Leroy's father had taken a turn for the worse and was rushed to the hospital in Illinois.   Breathing difficulties, fevers and flu-like symptoms... a week of bed rest and compassionate care has seen him improve, but he remains weak...

And thru all this, the event that I struggle to even put into words...

We listed the farm for sale.

So many friends and family have given a collective gasp that we knew we had to explain...

that's where words fail me... for we love the farm... but have felt a pulling and prompting over the year past (and perhaps even longer) that it might be time.   Time to down-size... time to re-order priorites... time to follow God's soft nudging...

And so we called a realtor friend.  Held our breath as she sunk the For Sale sign deep into the ground at our gate.  Then prayed for an answer definite...  Lord please show us your way.  A resounding Yes it will sell.  A determined No you should stay...

God whispered Yes.  We had a contract within 3 weeks.  We closed the week before Christmas...

BitterSweet.  Words can't begin to capture our hearts tumult... but know that even thru the sadness of leaving the farm, is an overriding joy for the adventure ahead!

Do ya'll remember me talking about Dreams a while back?  Refresher... Mark Twain quote?!

Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things you didn't do
than by the ones you did do...
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."

~ Mark Twain
 
Yes.  That post... sailing away from the safe harbor...

For the first time in a mess of blue moons, we are sailing away from our safe harbor.

It is an adventure.  It is scary.  It is exciting.  And it is our life...

 

Join us for the journey?
So much more to share in the weeks to come!

P.S.  The goats are safely stabled at our handsome Firefighter son and daughter-in-laws home.  As a matter of fact, Ms. Ruby graced them with their first baby just yesterday!

 

 
Happy New Year!
 
May you find in this New Year the strength to move forward,
tucking the past safely into your heart safe and
leaning into Dreams God has prepared just for you...
 
My Love Always,  Jane 

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

 

Merry Christmas!
 
May your day be Sweetly Blessed by
Tidings of Good News...
 
A Babe is Born Today
A Savior sent in Love
A Gift, A Treasure of the most Precious Kind...
 
May He be the Present you unWrap all year long!
 
All My Love,
     Jane

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Winter has arrived in Texas!

 
A cold rain pouring from leaden skies heralded the change...
 
We watched it from windows warm turn into icicles before our eyes!
 
 
 
And then drifting snow...
 
A winter wonderland here on the farm!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autumn bows to winter's frozen beauty with barely a whisper...
 
 
Ready to fire up the woodstove and start the chili to simmering!
 
May you and your loved ones find ways to snuggle close, share the warmth and be safe should you find yourself in the line of this bitter artic blast...
 
Love Always, Jane

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Choosing Grace over Grief this Day...

Some anniversaries are for celebrating... Some anniversaries are for grieving...

Today was a bit of both.

It's been 2 years since mom slipped away from us in the early morning mist



2 years without her smile, without her laugh, without her warmth. Voices have cracked in the remembering, tears have spilled heedless and hearts have ached all over again. Something about an anniversary of such grief brings back the memories sharp and deep.

But it also brings back moments of sweet, and that is why we can choose to celebrate today as well. We can choose to write Grace over the Grief and be grateful for the Gift that she was. She poured herself into our lives, becoming friend and champion, a giver of hugs and love, leaving lasting joy in her wake. We can grieve her passing, but move forward to celebrate the eternal impact she has had on each one of us.

Mom, you are so very, very missed... We love you always and forever, Jane