Christmas is a season of abundance. Feasting, generosity, and a time when we count up our life challenges and blessings closely.
In that sense, I often find it a season of reflection too. A time to take stock of the year. Perhaps there is no better time to do it than when we’ve eggnog in one hand and cookies in the other.
Our first year anniversary corresponds with this time of year as well, which means a whole other set of milestones. A whole year of life as two opinionated individuals learning to be one.
There have been plenty of firsts as you can imagine. Our first road trip together, (we narrowly missed having our windshield broken by flying tire rubber in traffic). Buying a new car together (an over thought decision that we finally pulled the trigger on because we were very hungry).
Wesley bought some brush clearing machinery, advertised and had as much work as he could handle over the summer. The result has been plenty of happy customers and (of course) their life stories. Bonus: a complimentary ATV ride from an old lady wearing a straw hat.
We’ve made lots of friends this year, bumped into some old ones, been gifted rice pudding from one neighbour and chased a thief from the car of another.
I’ve had plenty of new cultural experiences this year as well. These are not limited to; chewing tobacco, the National Peanut Festival, local flea markets or the outrageous bumper stickers on many cars. Coming with all this of course, is so much sweet tea and the pay off of a hundred friendly strangers.
As an answer to many prayers, my immigration paperwork cooperated with a visit to Canada in September. It was a much enjoyed time of cooler weather and seal watching on Deer Island.
Mom and Dad also came to Alabama twice and have fallen in love with the winter temperatures of the south. Their jury is still out on the beach…Pro: dolphin sightings while we ate. Con: sting rays a little too close for comfort.
And as we come to the end of the year, there are many things we refuse to take for granted, among them Wesley’s continued employment at Farley Nuclear Plant, a roof over our head (even when the trees outside drop limbs that damage our car), a loving church family, so much sunshine in this fair weather state, and of course each other.
2017 has been a doozy and truthfully, we can’t expect anything less from the coming year. Christ is faithful to redeem every detail of our lives and we look to Him as we walk through each day. We are so thankful for His guidance and grace!
Much love to you all, our family and friends. xo
Olivia & Wesley