Monday, December 4, 2017


 I just wanted to pop in quickly and let you know that I am still alive and actually doing very well. Life has just been full of other stuff lately and after nearly blogging every day in October I took a huge break in November. I hope to be back a bit more this month! :-)

 Here are a few things that have been part of my life lately.....

  • Our family hosted a craft sale. Most of my November was insanely busy getting things ready for it. I wanted to do the best job that I could and knew that there was an end date in sight so I got up early and stayed up late getting ready for it and used every available moment. Considering the amount of people that came and the amount of sales that were made it was not a successful event. However it was a learning experience so that is worth something and I am incredibly thankful that we didn't lose money on the venture. We just spent a lot of time.
  • A wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. God is so very good to us!
  • Starting a new music group class for 8 children. It has been a lot of fun and prompted me to practice some unused instruments again (to introduce them to the children) and to learn more about various composers. I have also been able to explore new and fun ways to teach various musical concepts. I am loving it!
  • Preparing for teaching Medieval Music at our homeschool co-op this week. I am loving learning more about it and diving into a different music then I have truly tried before.
  • Megan bought herself a zither. We have all enjoyed learning to play it and I am so enjoying seeing her take of on it. It has been so neat to watch her learn how to write out music for it which has made her learn more about music. Can you tell that we are just really enjoying God's gift of music an extra lot right now?
  • Getting to help my sister Martha and her family unload their possessions in a new home that is about 6 hours closer to us then their last one (though still 2 hours away but that isn't bad). We are very excited about having them closer! They are the new camp caretakers for the camp that our children go to.
  • Having fun going to a Christmas concert (more music!) with Ken.
  • Having my sisters Martha and Keren and their families over for supper tonight. So fun to get to spend time together!
  • Experiencing hail, sleet, rain with thunder and lightening and snow all in one day. That was today.
  • Loving a beautiful sunset over a frozen river.
  • Butchering (well helping - we were so thankful that my parents were able to help us!) 2 deer. The boys went hunting for the first time this year and they both got one. What a neat blessing! We have been enjoying the venison.
  • This week, following our craft sale, I have been enjoying getting some fun reading in. I haven't read to many books just for fun for a while and now I have gone through several this week.
Oh boy, it is time to get to bed. I hope your December is off to a good start!


Mrs Shoestring said...

Great to hear about your busy November ! Sounds like some wonderful things happened !

Carmen N said...

You have been busy! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Amy and Mark said...

What a beautiful picture! I am glad your busy season is over and pray you have some quiet moments leading up to Christmas. I am sorry to hear that your craft sale was not the success you were hoping for. Do you plan to do one again?

Abbi said...

Thanks all!
Amy and Mark, we did participate in another craft sale which was more successful but still not quite worth it for the time and energy it took. So I am thinking that I really need to focus my energy in other directions and just make things for us to enjoy and to give as gifts.


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