Tuesday, 18 December 2018
It Has Been a While
It has been a while since I've posted. I need to reply to some dear comments that were left. There have been so many "goings-on" for the past several months. I want to take more time to record little snippets of home-life, so I do not forget the wonderful things that go on day-by-day. I've given little nicknames to some of our children in this post.
The other day, Excellent Virtue, Trusting, Understanding Heart, and Full of Grace were having a tea party with the little puppies with the tea set that Daddy bought them a couple of years ago. It was truly adorable, and Faithful Understanding took some pictures of them.
I have been so very busy wrapping present after present this year for Christmas. Last year, my husband did most of the Christmas shopping since I wasn't really able to. But this year, I asked him for a budget for the children so I could buy them things, and he generously obliged. I spent many hours looking for good deals to buy things for the children (and for him). I did this online so I would be able to be at home and not spend many hours driving around to different stores which I am not familiar with. The presents have been coming in the mail, and it almost seems like too much, but I guess perhaps nice to bless them with some things they haven't been able to have for some time now. I was sure to find and buy them some edifying Christian books, as I loathe just buying "play things" that have no value for eternity. Filled with Grace and Faithful Understanding have not only been looking for Christmas presents for their "secret" family members in our gift exchange, but they have been busily making and buying presents for everyone in our family, with their own money they received over the year. They do not have a lot of money, but they have chosen to use it to bless others. What wonderful children! I am so blessed to see what the Lord is doing in their lives.
We had quite a bit of company around Thanksgiving time, and also went visiting at some other people's houses. I felt quite worn out afterwards, as I usually do, but I think the Lord is growing me in the area of hospitality, which I know I need to do.
I have ordered some math visuals and manipulatives for some of our children. I had thought we could get by without them and only rely on our textbooks, but it seems we need more than that for some areas. I always look forward to getting new school materials, so I am excited for the new things to come.
We have watched the beautiful autumn leaves come and go, and now the wet, rainy, windy weather visits us more frequently. We have had to bring out more blankets and have more fires, but each season is a blessing from God.
We are so very blessed by our dear Lord & Saviour, & I hope you may feel so too.