Sunshine. We haven’t had much of it lately. We’ve had tremendous downpours, flooding, a leaking roof, hail, and an ice covered yard every morning. But, sunshine has been hard to find in the last few weeks. This morning though, the sun shined through our kitchen window leaving a warm glow. The yard was still covered in ice and there was a chill in the air, but seeing the sun meant a chance to be productive, once again. I’ve always enjoyed the sunshine but never fully appreciated just how valuable it is! On land like this it’s amazing how long our project list is. It can feel overwhelming. With all the rain in the last few weeks we learned that the list is put on hold and gets tons more added to it! We’ve become so thankful for the moments of sun which allow us to get stuff done.
Today, while the sun shined, Kraig and I worked on getting the garden ready for the planting that is quickly approaching. We really have no clue what we are doing. But, with the help of some green thumb family members, our own trial and error, and hands on labor, we are going for it! With our favorite music playing and our daughter having a tea party in the middle of the garden, we worked together to attach chicken wire to the fence and bottoms of the planter boxes. There’s something so satisfying about using power tools, alongside the person you love, to accomplish a task.
It’s still pretty surreal for us to be living this country life that we are. We often express our amazement that we call this place home. It hasn’t been a perfectly smooth road getting here. It’s been more like the bumpy, broken back road that leads to our house. We’ve experienced stress, heartbreak, disappointment, discontentment, and fear. Those things don’t just disappear because you’re living somewhere you love. But, the Son always shines. Amongst our personal raindrops we know from His faithfulness in the past that He shows up, powerful and bright, ready to fill us with the joy!