I had a WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC Mother's Day. Besides having everyone with me, I was showered with many thoughtful gifts, flowers, and fine chocolates (which I shared). The most touching part was when Clint thanked me during worship for being a Proverbs 31 wife/mother. I do not like being the focus in a crowd, but it was very nice. I was treated to all of the day's meals and dessert. Clint, Amanda, and I went on a fishing trip where we had a blast pulling in fish left and right while people around us stared in amazement because they weren't catching anything. When we returned home and put away our catch, I was pampered with a long, relaxing massage.
We have had many wonderful outings and day trips and are looking forward to our week long family vacation at our little hideaway. We'll be fishing, crabbing, beach fire pit cooking, boating, canoeing, swimming, biking, trail hiking, etc. We have a huge crab boil planned and some sightseeing on our list as well. We are thankful for the help we are receiving to keep the incubator running and the livestock fed.
If I had to sum up the first half of the year with one word, it would be "abundance." This spring has been a time of tremendous blessing, fellowship, God's provision, and joy. Every where I look, there is an abundance of blessings. We have accomplished so much, and our plans are falling together. God has been pouring out His love in abundance in so many tangible ways that I feel His close presence often.
In the last several months, we have added over 100 critters on the farm, two large, movable structures that will serve as large brooders and double as greenhouses in the winter, animal housing, a large garden, several new trees, berry bushes, a new incubator, and will soon be adding more livestock. It's been a time of a great deal of work and long days but also of family bonding and a lot of laughter. We feel very humbled, blessed, and thankful by the Lord's provision.
These are precious, joyful days. I am enjoying them immensely and am so thankful to the Lord for them.