Newness

Well, a new year in a new place. God has poured His blessings upon us as we’ve begun establishing our home amid family and friends. (It’s been like “coming back home,” actually; not really like we’re “newcomers.”) We have felt such joy surrounding us, as we’ve jumped into new discipleship and ministry relationships, slowly worked on decorating our rental home while offering hospitality, and excitedly watched our little ones grow and adjust to our new life while spending lots of quality time with their grandparents.

We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter this year, and we are already beginning to see flowers blooming, bulbs popping up, and trees budding. We awake each morning to the sound of birdsong (well, a baby hollering, first, and then I listen to the birds’ chatter as I nurse him). :)

We’ve even been able to hang our laundry out on the line occasionally already, and I love the simple look of cloth diapers rustling in the breeze. Yesterday, Calvin chopped some firewood at his parents’ home, and then gathered a sack full of nettles for a future meal.

I’ve gradually added the pleasure of sewing back into my days. I completed a small “pram quilt” for a baby shower gift, and I’m now working on finishing a decorating project for Gen’s room. (I’ll share it with you soon!) I believe I’ve finally tracked down our camera cord to download photos onto our computer (from the past few months!), so hopefully I’ll be able to show you some photo updates soon.

God has continued to minister to our hearts in new ways, and Calvin and I have each been able to delve into deeper biblical studies these days. I am especially enjoying The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. I’ve also been referring back to an old favorite, Kitchen Table Counseling by Muriel Cook these days, too!

Thanks for your patience, friends, as I took a break from blogging! I’ll be gradually developing a new schedule, but I suspect that my posting will still be fairly infrequent at this point. (Keep a subscription to my blog posts, so that you know when a new one comes up!) :) Blessings to you.

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13 comments to Newness

  • April Watson

    So glad to hear from you and know you all are well. I look forward to hearing more about your new home and new projects!

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  • Amy @ Finer Things

    So good to hear from you, Michele! Glad you're enjoying the blessings of family. :)

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  • Corinne

    I was so happy to see your post listing in my email. It's funny how we can miss our "blog friends" even though we have never met! I truly respect you putting your precious family and the Lord first. My youngest is 15…these years have gone so fast. Enjoy them!
    Another blog I subscribe to is run by a new 2nd time mom too, and she has also slowed down the postings. Strangley, I feel relieved, as daily blogs mean lots of info to digest & use. I struggle with guilt for not being as organized/godly/frugal/content (the list goes on), as I feel I should/could be. With less posts coming each day, I feel free to focus on a few things w/o being overwhelmed. I sure hope this makes sense! Anyway, you are a blessing to this middle-aged wife & mom. God bless you!

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  • Amy Lynne

    Welcome back! I am so glad you are settling into your new surroundings well! Seeing your email waiting brought a smile to my face!

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  • Anonymous

    Glad things are going well for you, look forward to pictures..See how big the kids are getting.

    Blessings
    Erika

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  • alexis

    So glad you are back…I've really been missing your blog posts! I am thrilled to hear the ways in which God has been blessing your family. Can't wait to see your new pics!

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  • Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up

    So nice to hear from you – I think of you often and wonder how you're doing! :-) Sounds like you all are doing fabulously. Can't wait to hear more!

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  • Jennifer

    So glad to see a post from you!
    Many blessings!
    xoxo
    Jennifer

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  • Kelly Harris k_hreha@yahoo.com

    It was so good to hear from you! I have missed reading your posts. Glad you are getting situated and I am looking forward to hearing more. You have been a wonderful inspiration to me and I wanted to let you know that after I started following your blog, I rededicated my life to Christ after years of walking my own way. I thank you for that gift.

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  • Lori at The Davidson Den

    Glad you're back-ish. ;) I've wondered if The Excellent Wife was good. May have to check it out, and thanks for the suggestion on Kitchen Table Counseling. Sounds intriguing! Happy Spring!!!!

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  • Tiffany

    Hi There, It has been awhile since I got caught up on blogs. I am always happy and inspired to get caught up on yours! Blessings:)

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  • Misty

    hi michele! i just started my foray back into blogging as well, at a new location, so i'm pretty excited about that! i never had the readership you did, so at least there's less pressure for volume on my part lol! i hope baby E is doing well! we're all good over here!
    btw, i was counseled by martha peace for a time and she is one of the wisest and most patient women i've ever had the privilge of learning under. i hope that book blesses you.

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  • Misty

    hi michele! i just started my foray back into blogging as well, at a new location, so i'm pretty excited about that! i never had the readership you did, so at least there's less pressure for volume on my part lol! i hope baby E is doing well! we're all good over here!
    btw, i was counseled by martha peace for a time and she is one of the wisest and most patient women i've ever had the privilge of learning under. i hope that book blesses you.

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