Hey there! So we finally have time to start writing. The wee one is sort of getting a schedule! Woo hoo! With Christmas almost here we are keeping busy but we know that when January hits and we start getting those seed catalogs we will get antsy to start planting. As Gene Logsdon suggests, farmers should take a vacation in the spring so they don't plant things too early. That is so true! Our progress on making our house more self-sufficient has slowed down with the holidays. We did make stock and canned it for the first time with our Thanksgiving leftovers. I believe that it turned out ok. It looks good so I will have to make soup this week maybe? As Christmas approaches I always wish that I would have made more of my gifts. I love to crochet but I think knitting looks so much better! That is one of my goals this winter, to learn to knit. Our main focus with this blog is to document us on our journey to becoming more self-sufficient. A huge part of that is our garden and selling at the farmers market. Last year was our first year and we loved it! John is going to be the Market Master on Saturdays this year which will make things a lot more hectic but is an awesome way for us to be able to contribute to something we care about so much! I hope as the kids get older I can do more as well. We will still be growing at John's parents this year which means a 50 min. drive we make twice a week. Hopefully we can find some way to buy our own land close to town in the not so distant future. I leave with a picture of our whole family!