A Southern Snowfall

I have done what I am sure many new bloggers have ….. NOT BEEN CONSISTENT!  Quite frankly, I went through a spell where I really didn’t think anyone cared what I had to say. But you know, I realized that I need to blog for me and not try to write what I think you might want to hear.  So, I am jumping back in full swing.  Lots going on at Acres of Hope, so let’s start with the biggest news of these past 2 months…

Our Homestead in the Snow

It only happens about every 4-5 years in our little town and it always shuts us down.  You guessed it, snow!  The children are all excited.  No school, roads closed, no milk or bread on the shelves in the local grocer, and endless trails of mud and water through the house.  Awwwwww…. a little piece of heaven!

The last time it snowed here was 4 years ago, and we remember it well.  It was the day we brought Maggie Mae home from China!  Beyond exhaustion from the 33 hours of travel, after 4 hours of sleep, everyone bundled up and headed out for some fun.  It only lasted half the day, but the kids had a blast!  This year, we got to enjoy it for 2 1/2 days!!!  So what do southerners do in the snow……..

Well you gas up the Polaris and the 4-wheeler and head to the shed to get the boogie boards you use at the beach, the wake skate and tube you use at the lake, grab some rope, hook em up and away they go!!!! No snowmen this year because the snow was too dry, but endless hours of being whipped around in the snow/mud was all they needed.

We took peaceful walks in the woods where we met up with this guy,  Ruby and Billy  stayed warm in their house all day, brewed lots of hot cocoa and smoke was continually rising from the chimney.  A few much needed days of rest on the homefront!

Uncharted Woods

A path well traveled

A path well traveled

Beginning a journey with map in hand and a clear cut path is where I am most comfortable.

Uncharted Woods

Uncharted Woods

However, looking through the thicket with briars, stumps, fallen trees, and no path is where I stand.  It’s exciting, yet I’m a little apprehensive.  So instead of trying to make sure everything is perfect on this blog, I am choosing to forge ahead into Uncharted Woods.  It’s the unbeaten path, listening for the next step, a place of discovery.

Thank you for joining the journey with me.

Our Home

Our Home

First of all, our motto for our home is “People Live Here!”

It has been the most freeing 3 words I was ever taught in a bible study.  Our home is not a “shrine” to be worshipped and adored by others.  It is the place where we gather around the table and share stories about our day.  It’s the feeling my children get when they drive down the driveway and know they are finally home.

The Fragrance of Home

The Fragrance of Home

The Fragrance of Home

The Fragrance of Home

It’s the smell of candles burning, something baking in the oven or frying bacon for breakfast that draws them all to the kitchen.

A cozy bed with lots of blankets and pillows, or multiple Enos hanging up around the house as if we live in the jungle.

The boys in their Eno

The boys in their Eno

The crackling of the wood burning fireplace, and the occasional smell of smoke when we forget to open the flue.  A cowbell that hangs by the back door to call them in for supper, and if that doesn’t work mom just yells at the top of her lungs.  The multiple tree houses and shanties out in the woods built by boys being boys, which means an endless amount of dirt in the house.

Selfies!

Selfies!

The girls, taking pictures, making videos,  listening to music and having dance parties upstairs, but it’s so loud they sound like they are downstairs.

The sound of some power tool coming from the shed would be Dexter handcrafting the next custom farm table for a client.  Big dogs barking at anything that moves. Little dogs barking because the big ones are.  Kids jumping like Superman out of the tree house onto the Trampoline.  And the list goes on.

Hope in the darkness

Hope in the darkness

Yes, this is our home, and people really do embrace life here.  We don’t try to attain perfection, but our goal is to mature and discover, daily. Feelings get hurt, sharp tones are used when frustrated, dishes don’t end up in the dishwasher,  the lid does not get closed on the washing machine, etc.  But at the end of the day, we all know we are loved unconditionally by Jesus and one another.  There is nothing more important to us than that.

So take a little walk around our blog.  Get to know a little bit about Our Story, Our Family, Our Business, and coming soon, you can shop online with us!  I look forward to forging ahead into this blog world with you guys and share a little about our life, our business, and our everyday walk with The Lord.  Following Jesus in this world every day is a journey.  As we approach those Uncharted Woods, we can stand boldly before His throne with this prayer,

“Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

A special thank you to my friend Tara over at Between You and Me for inspiring me, and to Colby at Triumph Fitness for helping me design and set up the site.