Sunday, January 10, 2010


Oh wow. I can't even explain how much better I feel this January than the last one.

There's a whole bag of reasons for this change. Last winter I was coming-off the high of buying this farm and then facing three-hundred unexpected annoyances (I've already whined about many of those). And remember that verse which says for a little while we'll be tested and then we'll be given a break? (The extreme paraphrase.) Well, there was definitely some of that. I wasn't nearly as prepared for winter as usual so that meant snowy trips to the supermarket (I hate that) and we were making large payments to pay-off a loan we'd taken for home improvements so after each payday we had zero money leftover (we always had just enough for our true needs, but you know how we all are about having that little bit extra!). And more-- an early winter caught us unprepared, I had that root canal infection and the blue I'd painted my kitchen and dining room looked and felt so very, very cold.

Poor, poor Debra, right?

But this winter? I'm better organized, I've been granted a reprieve from the testing time, the loan is paid-off, we have savings and extra money again, I'm better stocked-up for winter and my new best friend, Alice.com delivers food and pantry stuff right to my back porch (no shipping cost!). I'm not feeling the least bit overwhelmed, my tooth will be pulled this week and my rooms are painted a warm autumn gold (or wallpapered), bringing smiles to my face whenever I step into them.

So why the list of my last winter's woes? To encourage you. To let you know that if your Today is lousy, your Tomorrow just might be amazing. And perhaps your winter is bugging you, but always, always there's hope that by next winter, you'll love even what you can't stand at this moment. You may feel better. You may look better. And everything else may appear brighter, better and altogether different.

Never lose hope that things can change for the good. Always believe that seasons come and go-- and a better one is just around the corner.



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"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." ... Romans 15:13

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Oh, and regarding Anonymous' question about food at Alice.com--if you'll sign up you'll see a link for "Shop By Room." Click on that, then click on Pantry. Six-hundred and fifty-eight food choices will pop up. You can save pictures of your personal favorites so that when you return, all you have to do is use your cursor to move those grocery pictures into the tiny shopping cart. You'll love it. :)

11 comments:

Sara said...

so true so true so true! and isn't it remarkable how things can seem so utterly hopeless and yet...morning always breaks through. seasons seasons seasons; turn turn turn!

Elizabeth said...

Debra,
I am so glad thinks are better for you, they are for me too!
I have to keep reminding myself,when bad things happen,that "this too will pass"

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Yeaaaaaaaa, a lovely Winter photo, in your Header. :-)

Thank you for the alice link.

Also yeaaaaa, the tooth comes out this week. And your wall colors are warm and inviting. And loan is paid and etc.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Gentle hugs,
Aunt Amelia

Judy said...

Thanks for this, Debra. I needed it.

Anonymous said...

I checked out alice.com but can't find any food products there - is it just me? All I could find were paper goods, cleaning products and baby foods. Maybe it's just a regional thing - or maybe I am not clicking the right place? This would be fun if it were an online food store!

Jan said...

Well I hope so...last year was the beginnings of this never ending illness. This year BETTER improve. I too love ALICE.

Debra said...

Thanks, Everyone! I really appreciate each of your comments.

Oh, and Anonymous--I addressed your comment about the food choices at Alice.com at the bottom of my post. Thanks for asking--other people probably had the same question. Blessings, Debra

Elle said...

Debra,

I'm so glad this winter is so much better. And I needed the encouragement this winter. :)

Laura

Myrna said...

Beautiful post, Debra! I rejoice with you!! ;-)
Hugs,
Myrn

Sara said...

love the new header picture!

Oma aka Meme said...

I love the black and white picture of the farm--and thank you for the kind note--
blogger is being silly tonight so I will update later-
aw- the tooth- gone is good--LOL
and yes, winter is sometimes more blue than white but through it all --God is good
hugs from Meme