I cannot believe how long it has been since my last post! I ended up with a viral infection that turned into a bacterial infection...actually two bacterial infections...bronchitis and a sinus infection. While I was still recovering, two of the children came down with a stomach bug. When we finally got over that, another viral infection with fever, stuffy noses, and coughs made its way through the children and now Joy has managed to get it last. The other four are working through the last of the symptoms and Joy has now just gotten over the fever.
But even in all that, God still brings beauty to us...like the simple beauty of a snowfall. We ended up with 8 inches of snow which is totally unheard of for our area! It was SO beautiful! And beyond that, with all the sickness going through the house, not one of my asthmatic children had a bout with asthma this time. God is so very good.
The beginning of December was the "Love the Church" Conference in Ridgecrest. I was too sick to go, but my dh took my two oldest there. They came back spiritually refreshed and looking forward to more of the same. We are planning on attending a conference hosted by Generations with Vision in March on Family Economics. We feel the Lord might be leading us to look at starting a business of some kind, and we feel this is the next step in that leading. We do not know whether the Lord is leading us in this direction for the whole family, or to begin building an entrepreneurial spirit within our children, but we are excited about it nonetheless. We do not know how God would work out all the finances, as we believe we should not go in debt to start a business, but we know if this is what He wants, He will provide.
We feel this venture may still be a few years in the making, but He is planting seeds within out hearts and we are excited. How wonderful it would be for the children to work alongside both their parents daily. What better way to fulfill the commandment to teach your children when you rise up and when you lie down? But, we know it is all in God's hands...we are waiting and on Him.
I did not get Christmas cards out this year...just too sick to do much...so please allow me to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and I pray you had a blessed time with your families. I look forward to catching up with you all on your blogs. Thank you so much for your concern and prayers for me while I was away. You ladies are really terrific!