Monday, December 12, 2016

A Christmas Letter to You

Dear Friends,

It's been two months since I've written here and that feels like an eternity.  A few of you have even sweetly reached out to check in on us-to see if everything is okay- and I am very thankful to say that it is.  We are fine.

One lone pig resides out in the pig yard.  The honeybees are (mostly) hunkered down in their hives. Our chickens are no more (thanks to culling the elder ones and a predator).  We have plans for starting the flock over in the spring with many fluffy chicks.  The garden is where we left it and our CSA has been over for months.  We're (miraculously) keeping up with school and choir, sign language lessons, and church activities.  We're healthy overall and thankful for a good job, a warm house, full cabinets of food, kind neighbors, loving family...the list goes on and on and on.

I could say that I haven't been writing because we've been busy and that's true.  But ever since starting this blog (8 years ago?), I've always been busy.  So I guess it's more accurate to say that my head and heart are busy as I pour myself into caring for our family- husband, three kids and one (newly-turned-one) sweet-as-can-be foster child.

Our little guy is still with us but over the next couple months, major decisions will be made about his future.  This takes up much of my head space as I strive to stay in the moment and, at the same time, try to prepare our family (and myself) for his departure from us. Prayers are welcome.

In light of all this, the season of remembering that God willingly sent His Son to us and then gave Him up is SO not lost on me.  

The tree, the lights, the gifts, activities, and cookies are all very nice but let's not let them become Christmas idols- distracting us from the reality of the season.  What a sacrifice.  What a love.  It seems to defy all reason, all natural ability and that's because it does.  It's supernatural and cannot be thought of, celebrated, or lived through without acknowledging that it occurred only because GOD was in it and through it.

May we see Him in everything this season and trust that He is always in everything- the good, the bad and the seemingly impossible.

"Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out."

John 1:3-5, The Message

So I want to wish you a very happy and Merry Life-Light-mas.

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  1. What a warm, loving, peaceful holiday post. Thank you for finding the time to write it. Sending holiday greetings to you and your lovely family, darling foster child and animals all included. I miss your more frequent posts but understand you have only so much time and energy on a day to day basis. I think of you every time I grab my copy of your beautiful cookbook. I continue to make (and we enjoy!) so many of the delicious recipes.

  2. Thank you for a wonderful post.. . . .have missed you but also understand. Merry Christmas blessings to your family.


  3. I miss you so much! -but I totally understand!!! (((hugs))) Merry Christmas to you and yours. I will be praying.

  4. Dear Jane, no matter how frequently you post, I always enjoy reading your blog! I'm glad to hear things are going well. May God bless you RICHLY during the coming year!

  5. Beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. Hi Jane,
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I miss your posts, ideas and updates. I will pray for you all.

  7. I don't know how I missed this post. (been reading your posts since 2008) They have always been uplifting and God centered. Life just seems to "catch" us up in the business of living. I am reminded when I read your blogs of the song, "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms". I see that over the years, you have been doing just that, leaning on the Lord. God bless you and your family this coming year!

  8. Dear Jane ~ I have been winding up my blogging the last few months and just wanted to stop by one last time to let you know that I am not planning to blog any longer. So, I hear your heart when you say that so much occupies your thoughts these's no wonder with all those you are pouring your life into. My last post will go up later today...Lord-willing. Please feel free to keep in touch with me via email at May the Lord bless you richly in the days ahead. With Love, Camille xo


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