Well, since moving here I have done so many new things, and grown used to doing things differently.
1. I learned how to garden. My mom had a garden when I was growing up, and to my shame, one of my mom's most embarrassing stories about me comes from when she told me to go weed the garden and came home to find me sitting on a bench by the garden "raking" the weeds.
4. I've learned that I can make my own flour -- I had no idea this was even possible until we moved to rural Kansas. JA bought an ice cream pail of wheat from the Co-op to use as a sermon illustration, and that wheat must have sat in my fridge for several months (at the time I didn't know it didn't need to be refrigerated). I finally asked someone, and I borrowed a friends wheat grinder, stored my flour in the freezer and used in recipies. Last fall, JA let me buy my own wheat grinder, and since January have been freshly grinding wheat to use in my bread. In fact, we haven't bought any flour since January.
|Mrs. Kimbrough's cookies made with freshly ground wheat :)|
6. We have begun making our own laundry detergent. This has been fun, and the kids love helping to grate the soap. (I'm hoping to learn how to make my own dish washing detergent soon).
I have learned so much on the practical side of living, but one of the most important lessons I have learned since we have moved here is the importance of being a good steward of what God has placed in my care. Whether it is the money my husband earns, the health of my children, the education of my children, the beautiful home we have, or even my own time, I must take careful account of how I care for things.
I am still working on becoming a good steward of my time, I find it so easy to waste a few minutes here and there, I will be working on this over the next few months, and hopefully becoming a better steward of my time will allow me to find more time for blogging about how God is working in my life and the lives of my children.