A Year of Change

Today is the first day of Fall, my favorite season and the change in schedule and weather has brought me back from my blogging sabbatical. This year has been so full of life and change sometimes its best to just be still and embrace it. Which is what I did. However, I do not wish to forget so I am going to start catching up! As I remind myself from time to time, life streaks by as a blur and it is the goal of this blog to remember all the little things that make it so perfect.

Here’s a quick recap since March, all of which I will post about soon:

  • Kitchen: We finished our kitchen! After an 8 week full on kitchen renovation, I am happy to say we survived and I have the pictures to prove it!
  • The Natural Disaster: At the end of April, while my husband was on a trip (of course!) we got about 8″ of rain which flooded not just our valley but our home too.  Let’s suffice it to say I now have a streak of white in my hair and I officially look like Anna from Frozen.
  • Girls Trip: My first girls trip to Nashville, TN for my birthday!
  • Potty Trained: Everyone, it happened. I don’t know how we made it here, but we are finally out of all diapers. Which is a huge accomplishment for anyone, even more so when you consider how many this house went through. Shall we say FREEDOM?
  • First Family Vacation: Okay. This post will be full of vulnerability and lessons learned because it was pretty much a nightmare. So – no, our pictures did not make it to social media. However, we may consider selling movie rights if anyone is interested. (Making lemonade here…)
  • Anniversary: 8 Years in August! This was a different year for us as a couple for several reasons. Mainly because, this season in life tends to be demanding. Brian and I saw growth here in 2019. Growth isn’t always pleasant, but if we want our marriage to be stronger and closer it is necessary to work through all the things this season threw at us.
  • Back to School: We made it. It is always a day of tears for me but gosh I am just so proud of these kiddos!

This is all for now. It’s more of a teaser for you and an outline for me! But, I am happy to say that I am back and excited to be actively posting again. I have missed you all! Besides, what better season for you and I to reunite in than the Pumpkin Spice season?

Question for my followers: How important are the recipes to you? Do you want them in the post? Should I simply add them to the home page menu? Remove completely? Please post your thoughts below, I love to hear from you! 

Leslie

Book Review: The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker

Grace spends her life in a tight knit community surrounded by people she loves. Kind, generous and friendly her neighbors believe in each other and do whatever it takes to support their friends and family in their shared values. Even when it requires murder.

When her brother, Jamie,  begins to question the holy rules, the red rope and the boundary it represents Grace finds herself caught in the middle and unable to go back to the days before.

Ted Dekker and his daughter Rachelle Dekker team up to release a spine tingling book about the power of fear and the lives we choose because of it. In comparison, it ranks right along with Frank Peretti’s The Oath.  An excellent look into the levels of spiritual warfare and the impact it takes on our daily lives, with or without us knowing it. Fear and the crippling authority we choose to give it often masquerades as protection. It creeps in and binds the lives of the faithful as well as the lives of the unknowing.

The Girl Behind the Red Rope was engaging and even spine tingling. Definitely I recommend it, however for those of you whose husbands are out of town… maybe not reading it at bedtime (speaking of the power of fear!).  Would that we all would see the truth of God’s light in us and the call to live without fear. In perfect love – God’s perfect love – there is no fear. Only peace and joy. What a difference we would all make if we took this truth to heart and lived without a spirit fear.

Happy reading!

Leslie