• Perfecting my sourdough bread techniques
• Growing and cultivating a beautiful kitchen garden
• Being more vulnerable in my writing
• Squeezing the life out of each penny we had
• Raising two “spirited” little boys
• Traveling alone with said boys for a family reunion, and surviving
• Baking my first wedding cake(s)
• Coordinating several weddings
I also found that the old worker-bee hat I wore for many years still fit, though it pinched a little. The challenge of doing much on little sleep seemed familiar, though it was not necessarily a celebrated proposition. I was also blessed and challenged in supporting my pastor-husband through the joys and challenges of ministry; not to mention a church renovation project.
There were, of course, more challenges that I did NOT embrace, as they left a chasm of pain within me. More personal, private battles have been waged, and there have been painful wounds inflicted that have been slow to clot.