Reflection and Anticipation

It’s been five months since I’ve written here.  Although I know it’s been a long time, August feels like just last week.  Everyone tells you that time goes faster the older you get.  And everyone is right.  I’m not saying I’m “old,” but as I approach 30, the truth that my life is a vapor is becoming increasingly more real.

2015 was a big year for the Olivers.

Our firstborn turned one.


We moved from an apartment in the city to a farmhouse in the country.


We found out we were expecting our second child, another precious girl.


We had our first full-fledged garden and are continuing to enjoy the fruits of our labor through the winter.


Chris and I spent our first night away from K for our third anniversary.


We visited Polyface Farms and met Joel Salatin.



We increased our layer flock to 11 hens and we are daily enjoying their eggs (5-6/day).


K experienced the ocean for the first time (and loved it).


We met a couple through Eager Farmer who is moving nearby to start their own pastured animal operation and we are excited about the opportunities that may bring.

I spent my first weekend away from K at the CCEF Conference (almost 4 days!) and survived!



We moved our chickens into the garden for the winter and we’re making our first attempt at a deep bedding manure management system to prepare for our spring garden. (You can read more about permaculture here and here.)

So, here we are.  2016.  I’m excited to see what you have in store.

We will meet our L girl in just a few weeks.  Life will change–again.  And it will be wonderful and hard and beautiful and sleepless and I’ll learn new ways to rest in Jesus and His truths will sink deeper in me.  It will look different.  But it will be good.   Because He is good.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23