As mentioned earlier, I am studying to be a certified Community Herbalist through the Naturally Healthy course written by Shonda Parker. She packs so much into each lesson, that it will probably take me the full two years to complete the 6 modules. It begins with spiritual health, Christian hospitality, and recognizing God as the One who gives health and takes away our health as He pleases. That is so important for me to remember - but I still have responsibility to treat my body as the temple of God and not fill it with harmful things.
Two years have passed since I graduated from highschool, so next year I will study chemistry and geometry at home to try to 'un-rust' those science and math skills. If God provides enough piano students, I will also continue studying music under my new teacher.
We've been having issues, so both dairy cows will dry up well before their next calving - which means next winter I get a complete break from milking! The frustration I feel is on behalf of the many customers who buy from us, as they will have to find an alternate source for those months.
Jani gave me a scare two weeks ago by going off her feed for a few days, but she recovered and the vet was not needed. It's hard to tell what the matter was, perhaps lack of adequate protein for the amount of milk she was producing, or fly bites were getting to her, or just an internal problem because of a pregnancy test. I asked God to humble me, but never expected that He would bring it about in this way. There is so much I have to learn about the One who gives me every breath, and the strength to do these tasks. What right do I have to be proud?
Just thought I should let you know what I have been up to. I'm finally finishing quilts and sewing projects long overdue, freezing bags upon bags of raspberries, cherries and blueberries, harvesting enough zucchini, lettuce, beets and green beans to kill a cow (pun intended), and having fun 'practicing' wedding music (playing piano is not work, it's pure pleasure :) ). 'Tis truly summer when I get together with friends, spend a day at the beach, and help host several families from church at our house for a potluck.