It's been 13 months since last January (duh.). That's a long time since I last blogged, and a lot has happened.
In the past 13 months we acquired chickens, rebooted our garden after a year of not caring, had a whole lot of discussions about how frustrated we were with things, and how life had been so much more fun when we were "poor" (by society's standards) and we made everything count.
... Aaaaand then Ben lost his job in October. We are currently in what we have affectionately called "Operation: Plot Twist". And the funny thing is... I have been so excited about it.
Ben has been without a job these past 4 months. Part of it by choice - we wanted to take some time off for family and refocusing. And now, as he has been looking and his industry is all but dead in this town right now, it's not quite as "by choice" anymore, but we're rolling with it.
I love seeing how all these things were put in place to help us through this stage.
Those chickens provide wonderful little orbs of (mostly) free protein.
The garden has given us a small amount of fresh veggies, and hopefully will give more this summer.
And our attitudes of wanting to "go back to the way things were" kind of prepped us for this, mentally.
I am loving the challenge. The challenge to not consume as
much, to make things work again, to not just run to the store because I
had become SO lazy about... Well pretty much everything. To get my
entertainment from yarn and the library again, rather than going out. To cook from scratch again with what we have, and not eat out as much (again with the lazy. Oy.).
And my favorite part is seeing the little blessings, how God is providing. Like an unexpected tax return. Like Ben being called by his former boss to help finish shutting down the shop for a week. Like the little orders for Bumblewood that trickle in. Like our sweet, wonderful older neighbor who showed up with pounds of potatoes, beets, cabbages and turnips just because he loves our boys and likes to feed us.
The bounty is amazing, despite the lack of normal employment. And I'm so thankful for this little adventure.