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Happy New Year, Friend!
Can you believe it’s 2018?!
We had a really fun New Year’s Eve and Day! We invited a family from church over for dinner and dessert. It was so nice to get to know them better and reminisce about our alma mater (Harding University), and share our hopes for the future! On New Year’s Day, our family read our “blessings” we’d been adding to our “blessings jar” throughout the year. It was a truly meaningful exercise to review and remember all the ways, both big and small, God has provided for our needs and given us even more than we ever expected and in ways we never expected!
I even made a Venezuelan holiday delicacy called, “Pan de Jamon” for the first time! And it turned out really yummy! It was special to be able to give my (Venezuelan) husband a taste of his homeland, straight from my oven! I used a recipe from The Spruce, and the only thing I changed was pricking the loaves of bread with a fork before placing them in the oven to bake. I highly recommend this recipe!
Looking back over 2017, I realize that so many people I know had a bit of a rough year, between hurricanes, political unrest, lack of having physical needs met, and illness. Now that 2018 is here, I pray that we can all feel a sense of renewal and hope for the future!
Personally, 2017 was really good for our family! We made several “radical” changes and decisions that have affected our family for the better in 2017. Some of the highlights are:
- We started homeschooling our daughter for the first time in August! She is in eighth grade this year and was super excited to try homeschool, after also experiencing public school and private Christian school. I’m happy to report that we LOVE it! We are enjoying the flexibility in our schedule, not only day-to-day, but also just throughout the calendar year. We are drawing from a variety of resources, but we use a fantastic curriculum called “Easy Peasy” for most of her subjects. You can learn more at www.alllinonehomeschool.com and www.allinonehighschool.com.
- I stepped down from my full time office job last summer. This was a BIG step of faith, and our family decided to trust God with our well-being as we followed what we believe is His direction for me to be more present at home, to be available to homeschool our daughter, to focus more on being actively involved with activities and opportunities at church and community, and to work from home in a freelance capacity.
- My husband, daughter and I went on a mission trip as a family to Guatemala in October. We traveled with an organization called Health Talents International. We’ve worked with Talents in the past and continue to be so impressed with the way they are organized and focused on providing high quality health care and education to the underserved population in rural Guatemala. My husband and I are not health care professionals, but we are fortunate enough to get to share men’s and women’s Bible seminars in Spanish (and with a Kiche interpreter!) with the churches in the area Talents serves. Our daughter stayed busy in the clinic counting pills and forging relationships with the kids she met.
Now, looking forward into 2018, I’m excited to prayerfully continue on my journey of removing non-essential activities for our schedule, while adding experiences and practices that will benefit our family in the long-term!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Gracia y paz,
PS- Have you seen my Bible reading plan bookmarks for 2018? Get your free set here!