As I lay in bed early one morning, I asked The Lord to show me the word I should focus on in the new year. The word to keep me moving forward, to reflect on in my life and devotions.
EMBRACE came to me.
I thought of all the change that would be in my life this new year and I realized that if I did not EMBRACE them, then I would stress out, cry and withdraw from this fabulous life I've been given.
Many of us run from change. We hate change. But I decided early on to Embrace the unknown. To Embrace it with The Lord knowing full well, that He will guide us, He will give me the grace I need to walk fully in them with my head held high and my heart fully engaged, making memories as I go.
My calendar is already full....at least it feels that way.
January will most likely bring another trip to Texas to "possibly" buy our home. Possibly! We have found something that fits all of our needs. It's on 20 wooded acres. Has multiple garages with water and electric...a place for my art studio with lots of natural light...it even has a chicken coop, the entire house is enclosed with a high chainlink fence to keep the wild boar and coyotes out so the dogs are safe...funny thinking that way....but we laughed but it's quite normal for the house to be fenced in! It's been renovated recently and there is nothing I dislike or want to change. It's really perfect for our retirement needs. We've asked The Lord, if He wants this for us, to hold it until our schedules open for another short weekend trip. So far, He has. If it goes, then He has something better!
February brings Becca's wedding shower.
April brings Becca & San's wedding!!!!! My heart and life are full.
May 1 brings the 6 month retirement notice.
At some point our home will be "marketed" and sold. We have a young couple interested...so we have to work out all of those kinks....and we will as we get closer.
Packing has been on going. Cleaning out the basement and packing has been on going since last summer. The farm has been dismantled. The only remaining occupant is Mr Drake. His lady friends were eaten by the fox last week. He has been a bachelor previously when the fox attacked....I think he knows something the ladies don't!!! Fly and fly high! I have someone to take him in a few weeks. He's a really nice fella and I didn't want to make New Years dinner of him.
Nov 1 will be retirement day.
Nov 4 possibly moving day.
Then it's December 31 again!!! Gosh, it's going to fly by for us!
So, I vow to Embrace each and every unknown moment, each and every memory. Not letting any of them slip away.