2015 was a challenging year for us, with hubby's surgery and many weeks of daily radiation treatments.
In spite of that, or maybe because of it, there have been moments this year that have grabbed my heart. Moments that I want to imprint on my very being and never forget. The summer visit with our children, and the different relationship I have with each of them now that they are adults. Our son's wedding when we added another daughter to our family. Watching marriages mature and just get better with time. Sweet hugs from our grandchildren. An evening around a bonfire as we made s'mores and sparklers and blew bubbles by firelight. May those memories never fade.
January and February were a blur. The only items on our calendar were doctor appointments and tests. We did get the framework of the new goat shed up, working in short periods of time, but it stood like this until June when our sons-in-law visited and added the sheathing.
The goats kidded in March: three doe and two buck kids. I sold them quickly as bottle babies since hubby's surgery was imminent and I needed to make life simpler. The plum trees bloomed and I was thankful to be reminded that no matter what's happening in our lives, the seasons change just as they're supposed to.
In April one of our daughters traveled home to help while hubby had his surgery and recovered. I was thankful for her help and her company.
We celebrated my blog birthday in May with a week of giveaways. I got the herb garden going again, and planted the vegetable garden. My lack of attention to the vegetable garden resulted in a jungle that I mostly abandoned in midsummer. I worked hard inside the house getting ready for our summer company.
July included trips to the zoo and other fun places with our grandchildren before they went back home. Then we bought half of our winter hay; I unloaded the trailer and stacked it by myself this year. We celebrated our wedding anniversary.
December - our weather continued to be mild right through Christmas Day and we've been taking advantage of it. I've been working on the raised beds for the expanded garden and helping hubby work on the metal shed. The weekend after Christmas brought a major rain storm that dropped seven inches on us and then changed to sleet and slush on Monday. Winter has arrived with a vengeance.
This year we also said goodbye to a sweet goat, one of my housecats and to the last one of our kids' childhood dogs.
I'm thankful for another year at Oak Hill, and hopeful for the year ahead. I have quite a long list of goals and projects for next year, things that I hope we'll be able to accomplish with the Lord's guidance.
Thank you for joining me on this homesteading journey. I am so thankful for your comments and your encouragement, and especially for those of you who said you were praying for us this year. Thank you all for being here!
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