Hello again, cyberspace. Its been a while, hasn't it? Good news is we FINALLY have internet at our house again! Sorry, but the local library just does nothing for my creative genius, and I kept meaning to buy a zip drive, write blog posts at home on my personal computer, and then take it to the library. However... that clearly never happened. But here we are, in 2016! So far the year has held a MARVELOUS vacation to Florida with my Grandparents, who showed Kyle all our old haunts that we used to frequent when they took us to Florida every year as a kid. We even got to GO INSIDE their old condo, which they had sold about 10 years ago, because the man who currently owns it is the same one to whom they sold it. (Also my Grandmother has no qualms about mortifying Grandchildren and asking people questions and their permission for us to experience and explore beyond the norm, to broaden our archives of experience.) We also did a little exploring of new places and saw the Edison-Ford winter estates, which was FABULOUS. Kyle's Grandpa worked for Ford motor company for 50 years, so he was able to glean several tidbits to ask Pap next time we see him.
We also got to see my dear friend from College who lives in Atlanta. We keep trying to schedule a week visit so that Kyle and I can see some other friends/relatives who live in the Atlanta area, but alas we have not yet been able to do so.
We got home and literally two days later got buried in snow. 13 inches to be precise. Which is essentially nothing to all of my kinfolk, however Ky is NOT equipped to handle such frigid precipitation! So instead of starting my new job I spent the week trying to get ahead on schoolwork. I can't remember if I have already mentioned that I am starting online classes this month to become a Nutritional Therapist? It is just a certification, not a license, but its a great jumping off point for any other kind of wholistic healthcare venue I want to pursue. And its a MARVELOUS ministry platform, both domestically and internationally.
I got into it because of some stress-related health issues my husband was having, and they are all but cleared up now thanks to the Weston A. Price diet introduced to us by my dear friend Christian's mom, who just completed her certification. Its been kind of a let down because when I was reading all this stuff on my own time I could inhale it in, and now that I'm STUDYING for someone else, my husband has to keep reminding me that I WANT to do this! I CHOSE to do this! I LIKE doing this! (p.s. thank you for the encouragement, Baby!) He has brought me many mugs of tea, doctored JUST right with the necessary additives to make it delectable, thrown pillows at me when my brain can't take any more information and I start whining, and said that my spur-of-the-moment cooking is still delicious, even when its 8:30 because I forgot to start dinner until about 7... actually recently he's just been encouraging me to not cook a meal for 2 but rather for 8 about twice a week and then has been a huge sport about reheating and adding easy side dishes to spruce it up... How people got married in College/Seminary, worked, carried a full load of classes, had a kid AND graduated (without murder or divorce along the way) is entirely beyond me. However my husband keeps reminding me that freezer meals are options for those kind of folks, and not everyone turns their nose up to canned vegetables or refuses to let any spoiled milk go to waste before an attempt at salvage-cheese-making has been commenced... and SOME people don't insist on making all their own lotion from beeswax and infused oils... others even just buckle down and purchase socks instead of hand knitting all of them from natural fibers ...
I feel like he's trying to tell me something....
So that is the news from the Home Front. Kyle is still loving his work as a Firefighter and we are both so blessed by getting more and more plugged into our new Church Home. The women are doing a study based off of War Room, using the book Fervent, which has been SUCH a timely Blessing. Kyle's mens group is doing a Francis Chan study, and he is loving the gentle challenge the pastor gives everyone in the group to dive into Scripture and apply it into every area of their life.
SO in a single sentence, how are we doing and how has this year been? Quite blessed. Incredibly happy. Glad God is keeping us in the Palm of His Hand.