We are diving into house projects for the new year! There is a BIG project coming up, and a less big (but not exactly small) project in the works right now.
In the past, I have done posts about our house goals, as well as summaries of the previous year's goals. If you're interested in so much detail, let me know and I'll put something together.
I'll be the first to admit that a house is a temporal thing. Pineapple House is not my final home! As much as I love it (and I do believe that it is a gift from the Lord!), it pales in comparison to the home that awaits me!
But . . .
- I (we) do love house-y things!
- I believe that this home is a gift that can be given back to the Lord to be used for His purposes: shelter, hospitality, teaching, growing, nurturing, loving.
I was inspired by that grandmother! I realize that everyone's situation is different. You may not have the monetary means or the health or the energy or the desire to host for thirty-two years! But I am inspired to use my home as long as He provides for that to be!
Ryan will be here this evening helping Ron with a step in the "less big" project.
We invited their whole family to come with him and have dinner with us. Originally, I was to be out of town a good part of the day, so I planned an easy meal. Now the "out of town" plans have been changed, but I kept the "easy meal" plan. We will have a choice of soups. I have some chicken noodle soup that I made on Saturday when it was so cold, and I put another favorite soup in the crock pot this morning. My friend Dotsie shared the recipe for chicken tortilla soup with me and my blog readers several years ago when I was doing a blog series of slow cooker recipes. My house is smelling so good as I type, and of course, I think of Dotsie every time I make it! Do recipes remind you of people? That is one thing that I enjoy about sharing recipes with family and friends.
We also have plans to Skype with Kati and family this evening. Andrew may be out, or he may be home due to snow. Ron and Ryan may join the chat, or they may still be working on the project. But we will enjoy checking in and seeing the babies whom we have not seen since they flew home after their Christmas visit. (Skype is not as good as a hug, but we take what we can get!)
While I don't typically make New Year's resolutions, I have a couple of small goals for the coming year.
1) I would like to improve my meal planning. I used to do fairly well with that, but (cue the excuses!) moving into a new kitchen (I know, I know, it's been close to six years), cooking for fewer people, and changes in how I shop for groceries have all affected my planner self. So I am making an effort to ditch the excuses and be more consistent with a weekly plan.
2) I am going to do a simple sketch and watercolor every week. Actually, I know very little about watercolor, and I don't consider myself an artist by any means. But I am inspired by the art of Emily Lex who painted a watercolor every day of 2019! Every day! One per week is my goal. So far, so good. Maybe I'll even share one now and then.
Gentleness is A Christian Virtue
A friend shared this article on her Facebook page this morning and I think is well worth reading! A few quotes:
My greatest concern is not that our culture is angry. My greatest concern is that this sense of meanness has even invaded many corners of the church. Christians on both sides of the political spectrum justify their anger toward others by claiming to be fighting for justice or Christian liberty or the future of our country, or whatever other narrative fits their desire to express their more base emotions.
There is no room among Christ’s followers for meanness. In a dark world the light of Christ must shine through with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. Christians must be willing to be wronged, if being wronged enables the gospel of Christ to go forward and the glory of Christ to shine brighter to a lost world.
There's more. Read ~here~ to see what the author has to say about how gentleness should characterize a Christ-follower.
And now I need to go make some dessert! What would you make for a winter's evening following a simple meal?