All the kids are home from school and I try to soak up every second of time. After all, January is breathing down our neck, our work busy season is quickly approaching, the activities will be in full swing, and before we blink it will be spring. Knowing all this, I try very consciously to be so very present during this time. I took two weeks off from work and determined to shut out the busyness of the outside world. We have baked so many cookies and breads we are out of sugar and butter…and I had overstocked.

Our holiday week has been spent enjoying the strange 60 degree days, clearing some stalls, moving the pastures, baking cakes and cookies, wrapping treasures for each other, and lots and lots of laughs and naps.  This winter hibernation was made all the sweeter by the unseasonably warm weather.

The usual antics have ensued as usual also. For some reason our solar fences quit giving out a charge. It didn’t take the pigs long to figure that out, so we’ve been chasing them more times than I’d like to remember. The newest antics have involved the big cow, Lala, who also figured out her fence wasn’t hot. Seeing a pig in the yard is one thing, seeing a cow standing in your driveway is far more unnerving. Seeing a cow at 10:30 in the evening makes for an exciting end to the day.

Although I know we have to, I’m sad that our two week vacation is coming to an end. The kids will be back at school, we will all be busier at work, and more than half our animals will be ready for our first round of processing. Reflecting on our year, it has been one of the best, most unanticipated years of recent memory. It has also been full of unknowns, full of changes, and full of blessings. Looking ahead, there are still lots of unknowns, lots of possibilities, and lots of adventures ahead. I’ve found a strong peace in these unknown adventures. I still have no idea how so many pieces will fit together, but I’m determined not to worry about it.

From our homestead to you, happy New Year. May you look back on the blessings you received all year, and look forward with anticipation to the unknowns that lie ahead. And if you haven’t already, I hope you find true time to enjoy the blessings that surround you and find a way to end this weekend refreshed.