It’s been quite some time since I gave you all an update on what has been going on in my personal life, so I thought I’d share some things today. I certainly don’t ever intend to treat my blog like a personal diary, and I admit there are things I won’t eve publicize, but I know some of you enjoy hearing more about my life.
Here is some news about things that have taken place since September (my last update post).
David and I decided that full time homemaking is the role I am called to at this point in time, so that has been my “job” for the past several months. It is something I am fully embracing and I LOVE being at home again. Being a homemaker brings me such joy and fulfillment!
In January of this year David was officially awarded his degree! In case some are aware of this situation I will briefly summarize: after four years of working in a certain job, David realized he was not being fulfilled at this company and there was no way to advance. He applied elsewhere but without a university degree, he was at a disadvantage. Right out of high school he completed two years of a four year degree, and then decided college was a better fit, so enrolled in classes there. College is actually where we met! Anyways, after college graduation (with a three year diploma in hand) and working for four years, David went back to university to complete his previously started degree. He has worked really hard for his degree and is now in the process of applying for a new job. This whole school/job situation has been a huge test of faith for us because we have certain expectations, but ultimately, our plans may not be God’s plans.
The chickens made it through their first winter without any issues. We did end up buying a special wall panel heater for the coop because our winds were very fierce, and dropped the coop temperature often. We tried to keep them busy with different snacks and “activities” (such as hiding seed around the coop) so that they could still be active indoors on days that were too cold to be outside. At first they didn’t even want to go out when there was snow on the ground. It was new and scary! This is how I got them to come out…yep, bribery.
Some days the snow would be knee deep, not including drifts! So obviously the chickens knew better than to adventure outside! However, they were totally content once I shovelled a nice path for them in their run. But their indoor days were spent snacking, having dust baths, and being chatty.
Also this winter, well actually, fall…I learned how to knit socks! My mother in law shoed me how and i finally knit David a pair for Christmas. Since then I have knit him another pair and one for myself. Socks are a bit time consuming, so I haven’t made as many as I’d like. But I’ve been busy with other knitting projects, such as hats for us, some hunting accessories for David, a wrap for myself, a floor pouf for my brother, and most recently a felted laptop sleeve for David.
The youth group that i have been leading is wrapping up for the summer, so that will free up one evening a week. Although I will miss seeing my students! I have enjoyed this leadership role, and feel like the study we did went really well.
At the start of the year David and I decided to become official members of our church, so we took the membership classes and are now waiting to be recognized along with other new members candidates in a formal ceremony scheduled for this month.
In garden news: we started out vegetable seeds early and they have unexpectedly taken off! Here in Canada most gardeners wait until the end of May to plant things outside, but we are definitely going to have to repot seedlings indoors before then! We are planning to grow three kinds of beans, beets, onions, leeks, garlic chives, two kinds of potatoes, parsnips, turnips, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes (several varieties that we receive from a friend), pumpkin, butternut squash, as well as a variety of herbs and peppers. We also have a few blueberry and raspberry bushes. I am hoping to can up a lot of the produce, but many of it will also be stored in our makeshift root cellar.
That’s all I can think of to share with you!