Update: January 28, 2022
Been a while! Lots to update...but long and short...we are well.
My kids are thriving, and we added a new puppy to the mix! Maya passed her level 3 horsemanship test, and still loves riding horses...a true passion. Our puppy, Duke, is a "village mutt" from Anak, Alaska, and will be 6 months old in early February.
My husband, Andrew, is transitioning out of his corporate job of over 14 years, and....is starting his own business! He will get to serve our community as a contractor/handyman with a speciality in heating systems. We are excited for this new adventure, and look forward to helping others tackle their to-do lists! Local friends, be on the look out for news from Surefire Service & Solutions LLC!!
In November, we traveled as a family to our beloved Prince of Wales Island, in southeast Alaska. We stayed with our friend in Coffman Cove, and hunted black-tail deer. It was a wonderful time away, and we successfully harvested some delicious healthy meat to add to our collection of wild game and fish. We now have 2 freezers full of moose, deer and salmon. So thankful!
In late November, we lost a beloved family member to Covid. My brother in law, J Peaslee, passed away, leaving behind my dear sister, Sara, and my nephews, William (18) and Max (16). It was terribly tragic and heartbreaking, but we were blessed to be able to travel to be with my family in Colorado for his memorial service and Military Cemetery funeral. He served our nation in the Navy before becoming my brother in law, and it was wonderful to honor his life through such a meaningful ceremony. He loved Jesus, and there is comfort there. (Pictured below is my quick stop at my old stomping grounds in Colorado Spring...the Chipotle at Academy and Union. Tons of memories)
We are in the midst of our snowy and dark season, but beauty in the midst of it all isn't hard to find. The darkness is hard, but there is light. Such a rich lesson in that. Grip the Light, and shine away everyone!!!
Update: August 26, 2021
Teklanika River, Denail National Park, Alaska
My family is transitioning into the Fall routine, with school having started on August 18th. I am also a teacher's aid again this year, and it feels good to be back in the classroom.
Before our first school day though, we traveled north into Denail National Park. We camped at the Riley Creek Campground and drove an extended section of the park road. We got to see caribou and ptarmigan, and while we didn't get to see any bears, we enjoyed exploring the river bed looking for their paw prints. It was a beautiful day in the park, and a wonderful time away as a family.
School life with a 3rd and 7th grader keeps us hopping, and after school activities keep the hopping trend going. Vocal group practices, bible study, guitar lessons, youth group, horse riding and worship practices help us stay out of trouble, and it is all such a joy to take part in. The days feel busy, but it is a good busy.
My garden is nearly done producing for the season, and this week's harvest will focus on the last of the raspberries, lettuce, and the gooseberries. The potatoes will likely be next, and the carrots will come out after our first frost...which is hopefully a ways out. I'm so thankful for my little garden and the lessons it teaches me. My song, "You Are Faithful, God", is my meditation on the faithfulness of the process...of sowing seed, harvesting, dormancy and rebirth. I think everyone should grow something and note the faithfulness of God within the process.