Hello, dearest friends!
I pray this finds you all having had an amazing Christmas and New Years…and looking forward to a new year that will bring new joys as well as challenges! After a beautiful and love-filled Christmas at home with my little family, my parents and my sisters, we enjoyed a whirlwind of a week after Christmas! We traveled to Eugene to watch a close friend marry the love of her life then spent the New Years with Jason’s family. It was wonderful hanging out with family and being able to visit some college friends!
Now that we are ending the week after all of the festivities, I can’t help but be excited to see what the coming year will bring! I feel like there is so much stuff on the docket for 2012. One of our biggest projects will be building our house here in Milton-Freewater on a little piece of land tucked into my parents’ apple orchard. After months and months of submitting application after application, we are finally down to the last few days of waiting for our house plan to be approved by the county so that we can start building!!!! Yay! I am so excited to see this patch of dirt turn into our little dream home with 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 miniature donkeys, and a handful and chickens! (I’m still convincing my husband that we NEED all of these animals!) hehe So, breaking ground for the foundation is on the schedule for this Saturday. I’ll try my hardest to keep you updated with pictures as things come along…for now…here is a few snaps of what it looked like this summer.
Also, in 2012, we are looking forward to some exciting changes within Blink Photography! You’ll have to wait to find out what is coming, but let’s just say that I am more than giddy just thinking about them all! (ok ok…I’ll give you a little hint at one of them…Blink Photography may just not be called “Blink Photography” by the end of 2012!) That’s all the hints for now, so you’ll just have to trust me all the fun is yet to come!
As all of these exciting changes are in the schedule to happen, I am trying to keep foremost in my mind that even though I have all of this planned out, it is ultimately the Lord’s will and plans that I want for 2012. Whether it be for our family, my business, or our house, I am constantly trying to surrender these dreams in my heart to the Lord because He says in His Word in Proverbs, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps…” He also tells us in Isaiah 30 that “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” I truly long to seek the Lord in all that I do . I don’t want to seek happiness, fame, fortune, popularity, or anything else this world has to offer. However, I must say that I fail in this every single day…multiple times a day. I don’t want to, but I do. I think I’m going to write down Jeremiah 29:13 and stick it here in front of me by my computer and have it for this year’s moto… “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL your heart.” What a glorious thing to know that when we truly seek the Lord with all of our hearts, we will find Him! My prayer is that for all of you this year…that you will seek Him with your whole heart! I know we won’t be disappointed if we do!
And lastly, I just have to share my last session of 2011 of my little men which produced this years Christmas card! It was freezing cold, but they were troopers…ok, maybe just Ivan was a trooper! Breck wasn’t so patient, but then again, he’s almost 2 and I’m not sure patience is a 2 year old’s best quality! Enjoy, and I’ll be praying for you, my friends!