Tonight Paula dragged me out of my office (“I just have two more things…”) and took me for a walk at twilight. It was so refreshing! The sun was just going down and the sky was a bright rosy pink. I enjoyed the time with my wife and the opportunity to further discuss our plans for the New Year.
A friend loaned us The Winter Harvest Handbook to read, and we’re already seeing some great ideas.
We’re trying to think of ways to make our seminars fun and educational at the same time, and also to stay with our New Year’s “Locavore” pledge. So, for the cheese making seminar on January 28 (SPOILER ALERT!) we’re going to procure some local vintage from Deer Creek Winery. Deer Creek is owned by some friends of ours and the wine is among our favorites. We’re pretty sure it will go well with some home made cheese!
Spiritually, we started the day with a reading from Love to Pray devotional book, and spent some time in prayer ourselves. I am so thankful for a loving, patient Heavenly Father who is willing to wait while His children run to and fro until, just like our own kids, we get tired and come back to curl up in our Father’s embrace. We also shared the latest newsletter from World Challenge. It was a reprint of a message by the late David Wilkerson, and coincidentally (or not) it was focused on prayer, titled “The Church’s Greatest Hour is Still Ahead.” It was very encouraging.
Tonight we had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, with spinach salad. We were joking about the fact that it was fortunate we had “stocked up” on some essentials (like pasta and chocalate chips) before we made the “no WalMart” pledge. It really will work well in terms of letting us down “gently.” As items in our pantry run out they will be replaced with natural, local, healthy alternatives… or they will not be replaced.
Last night we also started looking at the Cellular Healing Diet advocated by Dr. Dan Pompa. Not sure what I think of this yet, but I’m listening with an open mind. So far there is nothing really new or revolutionary – it’s basically a sugar free diet of natural, local foods. Just more “supportive evidence” for what we’re already planning to do I guess.
As we sit here tonight we are already discussing our gardening plans for the year. It’s never too early to start planning, and it’s a great way to while away the cold winter evenings!