We’ve been here together for over a year now, and as Kate and I strolled with Saylor around the outlet mall today, we mused over what amazing things have occurred in the past year.
A year ago, we could never have guessed at all the things that are ours now.
We would never have guessed how glorious and God-given is our little Bubby.
We would never have guessed that Taylor and Adrienne would soon be expecting a little one of their own!
We would never have guessed that we would have obtained so many chickens.
Some for laying.
Others for eating.
We would never have guessed that we would have a year-old dairy cow, rapidly approaching her breeding age, and then 9 months after that – MILK!
We would never have guessed we would have pigs about ready to be bacon,
a goat about ready to have kids (I think) and give milk,
a garden about ready to call it a season (after a long, mighty struggle!),
a painting business that has survived in the midst of economic chaos, and so many other blessings.
We’ve feasted like kings (and queens)
We’ve subsisted on beans (and eggs)
We’ve driven on ice (black)
And nearly crashed twice (more)
In winter, teeth chattered
In summer, records shattered
We’ve worked in the yard
And played pretty hard.
We would never have guessed the things that are in our minds now, and in our hearts now. We would never have guessed all the future plans we’ve made, unmade, remade, and so on.
We would never have guessed the things God is now whispering into our hearts.
Not, “Everything will be alright” (for God is never so trite).
But, “I will always be your portion” (a feast of love and adventure and purpose).
We would never have guessed all the ways in which God has shown us His love and His grace, through communal life, through Osage friends, through financial leanness, through sweet times of worship, through familial blessings, through the great outdoors, through close-calls, near-misses, and sighs of relief, through home birth and home-cooked meals, through noise and through silence, He has been good.
And we expect nothing less for tomorrow.