This afternoon we decided to go for a drive, get an ice cream and have a look around some of our old haunts.
We haven’t taken a Sunday afternoon drive for ages and it was really enjoyable.
We went and had a look at the biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere which is about 30kms away from us and close to where my husband grew up. This wind farm is made up of 140 turbines and is quite a sight to see.
This afternoon before we went for a drive we were outside looking at where we are going to hopefully plant fruit trees and berries this autumn. Where we want to cut back some old cyprus trees and prepare the soil and fencing. We have had pigs on the plot and they did their job of digging it over.
I really enjoy these Sunday drives, actually I really enjoying any driving with my husband. It’s one on one time to talk and discuss our plans, what we have done, what we want to do and what others are doing that may be good for us to try.
During our drive we drove past the farm my husband grew up on. All around it was land that belonged to his family and before we sold we were the last surviving family members on the farm. It was really hard for him to put out the for sale sign. He had mixed feelings and I am sure he especially felt like a failure. I suppose for me I looked at it as new beginnings, of owning something that was ours and not something that we took over.
It was good to drive around the old place and see how the trees that he direct sowed were growing and remembering that he knew how to do that and that we can do it where we live now.
We discussed how we used to grow broccoli for the export market for the Japanese and what would be happening if we still lived there. Our No 1 son (19 years old) thought about how good it would have been to have grown up there and to own it now.
We also discussed that in hindsight it wasn’t our fault that we had to sell up, we had other family members to look after and care for then and they were more important than our dreams.
I don’t think that if we were still there that we would have the same ideals and opinions as we do now. Having sold and moved and bought and sold again and then rented we have learnt so much about what God wants for us and how he wants us to live.
The years have at times been hard, just like everyone has hard times but God has truly blessed us and brought us back to a place where we own our own land and we feel so very happy to wake up every morning where we are.
So although things could have been different and we could still be “big” landholders, God didn’t have that plan for us, but His plans are perfect and that’s what we feel right now.
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
And my husbands favourite scripture:
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
My husband always says that we shouldn’t worry about our future because God has got it all worked out, all we have to do is sit back and hang on to Him.
Blessings to you all.
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