Thursday, December 12, 2013

Change is Not Just Something You Toss in a Jar

It has been a season of many changes in the Sheffer household. With those changes have come a lot of tumult and stress. While we know that this is just a part of life, and we don't expect the changes to slow down any time in the future, we are trying to get better at being more proactive about it. We have been planning ahead and directing a lot of the changes in order to get us closer to our goals in life.

First of all, we made the decision to step out in faith and move across the state. While it was more than a little scarey, we knew that it was the kind of bold move that we needed to take in order to get us out of patterns that were holding us back in life. It also meant that we would unfortunately need to leave our comfort zone of family and friends to make it happen. In some ways, it was a very easy transition. We are living in a nice place with beautiful scenery, have made friends and been able to spend time with family that we didn't get to see very often previously, and we both were able to find jobs quickly. It hasn't been perfect though. We obviously miss the friends and family that we have in Green Bay, and we are still working through the long process (made longer by needing to repair some fire damage) to sell the house that we have there.

One of the big things that our new home has afforded us is the opportunity to do more of the gardening and food preservation that we have both wanted to do. There has been some trial and error to it, (lots of error if we're honest), but we have been learning a great deal and are eager to continue in this journey. We don't ever see becoming the kind of folks who grow and mill their own flour or anything like that. We have discovered how nice it is to be more connected with the process though, and are putting plans in place, so we will be able to move out of the city far enough to have a small hobby farm.

Lloyd has been giving a lot of consideration to how to best utilize his education benefits, and this week we started filling out all of the paperwork for him to start his schooling for the summer term. He's excited about this to be sure, and also a little nervous since he has been away from school for so many years. We are working as quickly as possible to get things arranged at home to allow for a smooth transition to this new adventure.

With everything else that has been changing, we have come to the realization that although we enjoy the additional income that comes with both of us working, it isn't worth the additional stress that it causes. As a result, this will be Sarah's last week at her job, and she will be focusing her time and energy on the home front. Having a home of peace and love is of much higher value to us than one with a bigger income.

As always, we appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers as we go through our many transitions and work toward our future.

God Bless!

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