We have been so blessed and I have to blog about it so that my family and I will always remember. Finances have been stretched ever so thin during the last half of this year causing some concern about how we would provide certain necessities for our family. We were abundantly blessed with a bountiful garden this summer and a neighbor who taught us how to preserve our garden produce for the winter. We were given hundreds of pounds of fruit which we bottled and froze. Our jars are full. We had a successful hunt and were given meat from friends' successful hunts...our freezer is full. When medical needs couldn't be ignored any longer, family stepped in and helped us out for which we feel so much gratitude and love. We were given opportunities to work...unexpected work that helped us when we didn't know how we would get through. We were concerned that we wouldn't be able to provide any Christmas gifts for our children, yet they had one of the best Christmases ever...not because of what they received, but because of the love that they have felt from those who have shared so much. We love you all and we are so grateful! We also are so cognizant of the Lord's hand in our lives and we know that he is aware of our struggles and that our prayers are heard and answered.