End of Year Update

Hello friends!

It’s been awhile since I have written. I guess I haven’t been in the mood to write lately. I have a pattern of becoming somewhat gloomy around the holidays. Celebrating without extended family is rough on me. It’s hard to make a big fancy meal for just your husband and ten-year-old. Not that they don’t deserve it - because they do. But, it’s just not the same as being around my big, obnoxious family.

A couple things have happened since I last wrote. The big one being my husband was informed by the company that he works for that they will be closing the plant down. That means we have nine months to prepare for job loss and to look for another source of income. When you are a one income family, and that only income is compromised, it can be scary territory. I am truly not worried though. I am trusting that God will provide and that we will come out on the other side stronger than ever.

My uncle also went and had a heart attack right before the holidays. It scared the poop out of me. See, he is only seven years older than me. He was my grandparent’s surprise baby and my mother was a young mom.  It made me think long and hard about my health and the choices I am making with it. I am long past wanting to be a size 2, but I do want to have lots of energy to keep up with my family and my dreams for this homestead.

I also celebrated my thirty-eighth birthday on December 23rd. I am not sure about you, but time seems to fly by the older I get. I can’t believe I am two years away from forty! I actually enjoy getting older and wouldn’t go back to twenty if you made me.

Evan is doing well. He still complains about having to do school everyday even though we had a two week break over the holidays. We are still learning about ancient Egypt and reading through Exodus. I really want to do a unit study on Little House on the Prairie but I just don’t know if we have the time. He has been enjoying his fish. He is now up to having four aquariums. He is also really into his Lego blocks right now.

We have been working on a 3000 piece puzzle in the evenings that my mom sent him for Christmas. I can get a little psycho with puzzles. I may or may not have flipped out on him a couple times for bumping the table. Hey, I’m just keeping it real.

I enjoy winter months because they force you to slow down. I have wanted to get out some of my knitting stuff but until the puzzle is done that’s not going to happen.

I had a lock-in with our church youth on New Year’s Eve. I may enjoy getting older but my body does not enjoy getting zero sleep. I really am too old to be staying up until 3:00 a.m. The other adults and all the youth, except a couple, stayed up all night. Can you say “cray cray?”

Well that just about sums up the holidays at the Dana Homestead. Hope your holidays were happy and full of Jesus!


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