Friday, January 11, 2013

January 2013: The Game Plan

It's been awhile since I've logged onto my blog. Not because of lack of want to, but mainly because of time retraints. If I'm being real honest since starting school in September and schooling all four of the kids extra time has been hard to come by. I knew schooling all four of them would require some sacrifices in some other area, I just didn't know it would be my blog that suffered the most. I love blogging, aka: scrapbooking, but I refuse to feel like I have to do it all and run myself so thin I have nothing left to give my family. Thus my reason for being A-Wall for the last month, give or take.

At the end of 2012, three days before Christmas, my sweet hubby fell off the attic stairs backwards and broke the heal of his foot, and my oldest two sons had a severe allergic reaction to poison ivy after a day of woodcutting. At the same time, my oldest son was suffering from severe somach pains which led us to the pediatrician on Day 6 and the to the ER on Day 7 and then two more days until he found relief. The verdict: a weird virus which brought no other systems other than stomach pain. After a couple days of thinking we were on the road to recovery for everyone, I had a puking daughter, and a son with an ear ache. I know it just keeps gettting better right? So there you go all my excuses wrapped up in one big sob story. Although it sounds like a horrible senerio, it has been a priceless time of our family really working together to help serve one another.

On a happy and encouraging note, we had a lovely Christmas with family amongst the "mess". I have been able to work on a few quilting projects....yahooo for me! I finished a baby quilt for a dear friend who just added a fourth child to their family. I just finished binding my first ever mini-quilt last night. I also currently have a lap quilt top in the making. This has been the most quilting I have done all year long! It feels great to ecaspe life for little bits of time to be creative and make something beautiful. I am looking forward to next weekend when I am whisking away to a quilting retreat with a great friend and my mother-in-law! This will be my second year at the retreat. If only I could figure out what I wanted to create. Then if the fabric would just go ahead and cut "itself" out, that would be just lovely (thus the reason I adore pre-cut fabrics). I can't wait for what God has in store for us.

I'm very excited with what 2013 has in store for us. Justin and I had a little farm meeting and set some goals for our homestead. We have made our list of projects we would like to check off our list. We have even made our list of "garden must haves". We plan to start on these lists once we get our first hint of Spring weather. (It might be a while we know.)
I will blog when I can, which might be slim in this season of my life. Then again maybe we will continue to improve our daily school schedule which would allow for more time for me to blog. We shall see. Serving my family must come first, scrapbooking has to be later on the list. Thank you to those who follow us on our adventures and encourage me with your comments.
Much Love, The Gaertegang Homestead


Farmlife Chick said...

What a woman! Good for you! Family first, always!!!:) Blessings to you and a successful homesteading year!

The Gaertegang Homestead said...

Thanks Farmlife Chick! I appreciate your comment and encouragement so much!

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