If you had told me a year ago what we would face in 2013, I might not have believed you. Here are a few highlights and lowlights, in no particular order.
The barn. It stills needs the inside finished off, but we got it up and closed in.
The wind storm. We still have a few trees along the road, but three of the four ancient maples that shaded our house are gone.
Family loss. We lost a dear brother in law to cancer, and have struggled with change in some family relationships.
A flood. A spring filled with rain caused us to plant some crops late, and not plant others at all.
The end of homeschooling. We finally graduated the last of our children, which left me wondering what I want to be when I grow up.
A fire. We lost a skid steer (a.k.a. bobcat), but we didn't lose a barn, or any animals.
A new camera. I'm not at all good with it, treating it like it's a slightly heavier point and shoot. Our daughter is into photography, but she has not been able to help me understand and retain what aperture and depth of field are and what all those darn buttons actually do.
One thing I have learned is to look at my surroundings with a different eye, as though it were a camera lens. It's the same in my life. I've had a year of learning where to focus. If I focus on the bad (or even the good "what used to be"), I can easily have only dark, grey, colorless pictures in my mind. I have to look for the bits of light, and focus on them.
Thank you for journeying along with me at the facebook page and this blog. May this new year be filled with light. And may we focus on "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and whatever is admirable." (from Philippians 4:8)