A year ago today, I was looking forward to 2021. While COVID was still the topic of conversation in most circles, the hope was we would still not be talking about it on New Year’s Day 2022. While I listen to the news and do my best to stay safe, my hope is not in the latest news story.

2021 was good, 2021 was hard, but God was with us the whole time. Our family welcomed twin grandsons at the end of March, Wayland, and Wellington. I’ve got pictures I’d be thrilled to show you if you ask me. We also welcomed David Buff to our family when he married our daughter Lauren. It was an outdoor ceremony/reception on a beautiful Saturday in August. In fact the only Saturday it didn’t rain that month. The hard we navigated were the ups and downs of COVID rules in New York state. Whether in church or decisions I was a part of with the local school board I serve, it wasn’t always easy to know what was the right path to follow, but God was with us.

I also began, very slowly, my home baking business, The Farmer’s Daughter Baking Co. I am happy to say I will be able to put more time and energy into this project for 2022. If you would like to know more, I would be happy to add your name to an email list. I recently resigned from a part-time job at church, so I will have time to enjoy this new endeavor. And spend as much time as I can with Wayland and Wellington.

This blog will soon be fourteen years old. There were years I wrote every day and there have been years where I only wrote a few posts. I am coming back to my original intent for writing and that is for my friends at Lafayette Alliance Church. I wanted a way to communicate the encouragement I continue to draw from, which is the eternal Word of God and my love for Jesus. I won’t be sharing these posts on Facebook or Instagram. There are a few ways to read these posts where you will find me talking about the Lord, what I’m learning in God’s Word, and happenings with the Gates clan. You can subscribe to these posts via email. There is a place on the sidebar to subscribe. You can also find these posts linked in the Weekly Connection and our Church website.

My prayer for you as we begin the new year is that the “Lord will direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

May we always remember every day, whatever the day brings, that we “see what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)