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Life Changes and Farm Changes

The last month or so…maybe even more…has been quite different than what I had expected. We finished up many months of travel and I was ready to rest. Yet, here I am still feeling very busy! That’s life, I suppose…

I spent a few of those weeks in quite a funk…you know the emotional kind where nothing feels right. It has driven me though, to my Savior’s arms. I am spending time with Him and continue to seek Him in all things.

So many changes this year. We have a senior in high school (which is quite unreal considering our very rocky start to homeschooling 13 years ago!) And with that year, comes so much unknown space. Like…what will she do with her life after homeschool? And college applications. And essays. And lots of prayer.

I have no doubt much of my emotionalness has come from the undercurrent of life changes. Even though they are GOOD life changes, and I am NOT  lamenting the past (which is easy to do when your baby grows up), there is just this underlying unsettledness.

One thing I have noticed lately that has really given me peace is I have rekindled my love for homemaking. I feel like in the busyness of life the past several months, I was too eager to do jobs just to get them done and was beginning to resent them. Like they were getting in the way of other tasks I needed to do. However, lately, I have a renewed sense of serving my family. I enjoy baking them bread. I enjoy making them pies. I put effort into a wholesome dinner instead of a quick fix.

Even with chores. I have found myself standing at the sink filled with dishes and just doing it as an act of service, spending the time there praying, and remembering that I am blessed to have a family to serve. God has created me for a purpose and it isn’t to serve myself.

It truly has brought more peace in my life as I remember why we moved here in the first place. The slower pace, surrounded by nature, and a chance to take it slow while growing our food, raising the chickens, and working hard together as a family.

Well, onto more changes here at the farm…and speaking of working hard….WE HAVE GOATS!

For those who follow along on Instagram and Facebook, you’ve been watching this journey progress. I posted this over the weekend:

At least a year ago Ethan started asking for goats. We told him the time wasn’t right, but if in due time he could learn about them, we would think about it. Winter passed, spring passed, and even summer. He never lost interest. In fact, he spent the summer researching goats and keeping a detailed notebook of all he learned. He pored over his books about goats. He joined the 4H and his love for animals and farming keeps growing. His 10th bday is approaching and all he wanted was goats. Last week, I found this woman that was local selling her two dairy goats named Thelma and Louise.😂 We inquired and she spent the past few days allowing Ethan to come each morning to milk the goats while she explained all about them. They give a gallon of milk per day.
Today, all his persistence has finally paid off. Ethan became the owner of Thelma and Louise. They will be delivered on Monday. Steve and the boys have prepared the barn and transformed part of it to a beautiful stall and milking area. Grace made the handpainted sign that will hang by their stall. In a day and age where kids get a bad rap for being on screens or not working hard, I’m proud of this boy for his dream to be a farmer. He told me today- “No farmers, no food!” He’s right. There’s always a need for farmers!
P.s. I’ll post pics of Thelma and Louise when they arrive on Monday!

Well, today Thelma and Louise arrived!

What a happy day! Ethan waited patiently and today was finally blessed to receive these goats. His research paid off and we look forward to watching him care for Thelma and Louise! His love for animals and farming just grows each day.

If you’re not following along on Instagram and Facebook, now might be a good time to start! I am sure I will be posting lots of snippets about this new journey with our dairy goats! We are truly living the dream here! We feel so blessed to raise our children here, to show them things that are deeper than just superficial and material, and to let them see their Creator through so many experiences with nature. It is just what we always dreamed of.

Welcome to the family Thelma and Louise. We are thrilled you are here and are excited for this adventure. I am going to try my hand at goat milk soap making…so stay tuned for that too 😉

 

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Daily Scripture

Welcome to Simply Seeking Him…Daily Scripture Encouragement. There is nothing greater that you can do in your life than to know God’s Word. He is the reason we exist and our purpose in life is to know Him and make Him known! My passion for the Bible has prompted me to encourage women to study His Word daily. We hope this daily Scripture will help you to do just that!

Each day there will be a Scripture to read. I encourage you to use the translation of your choice. I would also encourage you to get a journal specifically for writing out Scripture. There is something about putting the pen to paper that helps us connect with His Word even more. Then take it further if you can and memorize part of it as well as researching the verses YOURSELF. We have provided some helpful resources but there are many out there.

Today’s Scripture

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Write it Out

Write the passage in your journal or verses that you select from the passage.

What do these verses teach me about God?

Our purpose in reading the Bible should first and foremost to know who God is. In your journal, write what this passage teaches you about God. Then look at it in the context of the book, who it was written to, and how it applies to you today.

Memorize

Commit part (or all) of the passage to memory.

Take it further

Resources for further study:

Enduring Word Commentary

Bible Study Tools

Blue Letter Bible

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This simple journal is a place to organize your thoughts, prayers, and studies.

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What if

What if you lived in a place where no one cared what you wore- they didn’t even see it. You just wore what was comfortable. It could be the same thing day after day and it wouldn’t matter. You were clothed. And they just saw YOU.

What if you lived in a place where folks came over to each other’s homes just for the sake of visiting or helping or loving. It didn’t matter if you served the richest of meals or crackers and water. Those were just additions to a visit. Not the purpose.

What if you lived in a place where your home was simply a shelter. A place to rest your head, enjoy company, and to sleep soundly. But how it looked was never an issue. It was simply your dwelling place.

What if you lived in a place where no one compared. No one envied. Each was working for the good of the others.

What if you lived in a place where the center of your life was truly the Gospel. Without all of the other things distracting you, and daily life consisted of being steeped in God’s Word and then living it out.

Why do we spend so much time on the details? Why do we add the Gospel to our lives instead of living our lives from the Gospel?

These are all things I think about this morning, as I gaze out into the day and realize, time is ticking. Life is short. Why waste it?

The foggy clouds of the morning rain are giving way to a hazy sunshine. And it is just like me when I see the distractions begin to fade and His glory come into light.

My prayer is that all of the distractions would be gone so we can clearly see the purpose of our lives.

 

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Anticipation

55 days, 23 days, 11 days, 2 days…

Our recent vacation was full of anticipation. From the moment the trip was booked everyone was giddy with excitement. The kids were counting down the days and as we approached the final week, the anticipation was off the chart. It was basically all my kids could talk about!

At one point my son mentioned he liked the anticipation of things almost more than the actual things sometimes.

I get it. We do that in life right?

We anticipate a big event…we are consumed with excitement and countdowns and preparations…and then the event passes and life goes back to normal.

We wait and wait and we feed off that adrenaline of anticipating…and life always goes back to a new normal after. (There are even some tears shed because the event is over.)

Then we move on to the next thing. And then we anticipate a new thing…

The thing about heaven is…this anticipation…it will be replaced by those feelings of joy all the time. The anticipation never goes away. There will be no moving on the next thing. It will be the ultimate satisfaction.

It will be an eternity of completely fulfilled joy.

No matter what joy we have on earthand we certainly had joy on our vacation…it can never compare to the joy in heaven. We anticipate here because we are longing for something more…our souls were made for more…that is why we find ourselves enjoying the anticipation.

The anticipation of heaven. Now that is a wonder. Our soul will no longer crave or long for something. We will be complete.

I have learned that earthly joys are temporary, but true joy comes from knowing this whole life is just a countdown to something better. This is not what we live for…we live for something far beyond our best vacation, best event, best joy here on earth. We can’t comprehend it.

So we enjoy the earthly blessings we have. But we know there is so much more…

And that is the anticipation that will never end.