(See how I capitalized those letters right there? 'Cause it's a real holiday now. Go ahead and take a moment to do a happy dance, especially any of you lucky government employees who get every single holiday off, like Veteren's Day. Or Flag Day. Now Annual Arrive-aversary Day. You're welcome!)
Can you even believe it? It has already been a year and I cannot believe it has only been a year. You know what I mean? So much...SO MUCH has happened that I can't believe we crammed it all into a single year, yet at the same time it seems like just the other day that we first walked through those doors.
(p.s. If you haven't read the post [well, mostly you just have to look at pictures] Has Mike Tyson Ever Punched you in the Gut? about the first time we walked through the house, now would be an excellent time to take a quick gander. Brace yourself.)
Despite our seemingly hopeless situation, and I can assure you that we only barely resisted falling into despair at times, I am now sitting at a real table, typing on a real laptop using a real high-speed internet connection in my real, air conditioned house. My bigger children are playing make-believe in a real tent in their real play room listening to real music while my baby snacks on a banana in her real high chair, framed by the picture window overlooking our real property. Outside that beautiful window I can see our real flock of chickens, our truly free-range chickens, feasting happily on the seemingly unlimited bugs and lush greenery available to them.
|can you count eight?|
|note the stained fingers from picking wild raspberries|
We belong to a wonderful parish , have made truly great friends, have found delicious restaurants, and know how to get where we need to be without even using our GPS anymore. We got three dogs. We have a barn. It's all real. It worked. Despite the challenges (which have been many) and the uncertainty (which still looms), the blessings have been so abundant that I can barely contain myself sometimes! It is a good, good life we live and stretched out before us is so much more good and wonder and adventure that I can hardly wait to see what is waiting for us down that road.
You know that feeling of waking up in the morning the day after you decide something big, that feeling of butterflies in your stomach and wings on your feet? I feel that almost every. single. day. The freedom that comes from putting the worry into His hands and just getting to work is incredible. And just look at the results! God is so good and so is this life.
Happy 1 Year Arrive-aversary, friends. I can't wait to see what the next 12 months holds!