This year has been a year of changes. As I reflect upon the year, I started counting the things we have changed as a family, and it seems as though there are more than I can count.
I have always made resolutions at the beginning of the new year, and I have noticed small improvements for at least a portion of the year…but this year was different.
Let me start with a list of the things we changed. I will give details to each of these changes in upcoming posts. Stay tuned.
- For Christmas last year, we chose to give Jesus our time on a daily basis.
- My husband now works for our business full-time.
- We cleared an acre of pine trees and woods to increase our crop space.
- We sold most of our berries from our home, rather than packing up the truck for market.
- We hired our first non-family employees.
- We planted most of our strawberries in the spring, before harvest.
- We started a new building to expand our business.
- We more than doubled our chicken flock and began selling eggs.
- We are now amateur beekeepers.
- We dramatically reduced our use of conventional medicine boosting our natural systems with healthy foods and essential oils.
- We tried to eat non-processed food as much as possible.
- I started making homemade breakfast cereal regularly.
- I started making a made-from-scratch treat of the week.
- We tried an elimination diet again for a few weeks to recheck allergies.
- We focused on using traditional cookware (No Plastic!).
- We became coffee snobs. We LOVE our new french press!
- Three words: Apple…Cider…Vinegar!
- We started making and using natural deodorant, lotion, and lip balm.
- We quit using all hair products including shampoo, conditioner, mousse, gel, and hairspray.
- We got a new dog.
- The whole family took a vacation day to deer hunt on opening day.
Why did these changes stick this time?
I believe it was because of change #1: Giving Jesus our time daily. When we put Christ first, He helps us achieve goals that we cannot achieve in our own power.
You may have also noticed that these were WE changes instead of ME changes. Have you ever thought about improving your family, rather than just focusing on yourself? We are on the same page in this journey, and I think our family unit has strengthened throughout the process.
Most of the changes we have made are deemed “strange” and “unnecessary” in our current society. Why make natural deodorant when you can just buy it for cheap? Why grow and make your meals from scratch when you can get it at the store? You used a vacation day for deer hunting?!?
Our world has changed as we have changed our thinking. Our change in thinking has helped our family more forward in our quest for self-sufficient, healthy living.
Have you ever made family resolutions? Share your experience below.