The Simple Life {New Year}



And suddenly, it is 2021 – a new year.

As the freshy fallen snow lays around us, covering our world in a beautiful blanket of white, this new year is spread before us. Yet, before we embrace the new year, let us thank God for the blessings of the old year … yes, there were painful trials and refinement through fire, but God is still on the throne and He carries us through every chapter of our lives.

Our blessings were wonderful to recount, as we said farewell to 2020 and welcomed the new year of 2021.


… our little baby boy, born in March, safely at home … our ninth baby and treasured blessing …

… a husband whose health suddenly shocked us all this year, frightening our family and wondering what the future would hold … but God took care of him and I still thank God, daily, for allowing us another day, another week, another year together…

… nine beautiful blessings that I call my children … blessed beyond measure … my cup overfloweth …

… a safe and secure home in the country where we can raise food and vegetables, grow and gather, explore and create … wonderful memories are made daily …… a simple life that that keeps my hands busy, my heart full and my body healthy …

… the family of God … [you can shut down churches and you can shut down the world —  but you cannot shut down the church family} … a good reminder to stay true to those friends and family who are walking that Straight and Narrow Pathway.

Happy New Year, friends.

Remember … God is still on the Throne.



“Here is a good New Year’s resolution for us all to make:
To simplify our lives as much as possible,
to overcome that feeling of haste by remembering that there are just as many hours in the day as ever,
and that there is time enough for the things that matter if time is rightly used.
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
January 12, 2021 - 4:28 pm

Lynnea It is such a blessing, Gigi, to see and know that you and your family are all doing well. This picture is beautiful with all the sweetness, cheerfulness, and brightness!
God is so GOOD!
That quote by Laura I. Wilder is a good reminder… of things I want to aspire to each day!

January 9, 2021 - 6:57 pm

Wendy I enjoy reading about your family adventures. I was a homeschooling mother for years & am now a full-time 3rd grade teacher. It is a blessing to know that there are families out there that desire to parent with wisdom & raise up Godly children.

January 9, 2021 - 1:05 am

TERESA@ SF Lovely post ~ thankful your husband is on the mends. I am also grateful for all His many blessings! May the church roll on in our hearts! God is so good and He will go before us and keep us in His hands. Hugs to you!!!

January 8, 2021 - 4:53 pm

Erin Lynn I am so sorry your husband has not been well. Praying for his health and for blessings on all of your beautiful family.

January 8, 2021 - 1:07 pm

Ruthie Gigi,it’s been wonderful to rejoice with your family at the birth of your 9th and to learn from you as you share willingly of your love for the Lord and all things to support home. I’m sad to learn of your husband’s health scare and am praying. We know what that’s like and can relate to what you’re going through. Thankyou for the encouragement you bring to us all.❤

January 5, 2021 - 10:23 pm

Brenda Clair (Gigi’s Mom) We all have so many blessings to be thankful for. And you and your precious family are one that I am so grateful for. Love you xoxo

January 5, 2021 - 6:14 pm

Michelle I am sorry to hear of your husbands health scare, but praise the Lord you all have made it through this trying time! I hope things are better!! Thank you for this post, again my heart’s desire is to have a more simpler life for me and my family. So much hustle and bustle in the world, especially with the technology world. It seems to be taking over! It would do me good to be more simple. Thank you and take care Gigi, you and your family!! May God continue to bless you and use you in a great way!!

January 5, 2021 - 2:33 pm

Gigi No, Sam, I did not post anything about it. I found it very challenging to work through – some things are just hard. Right? I hope you are doing well in your motherhood journey! Happy New Year to you, too!

January 5, 2021 - 11:10 am

Sam Hi Gigi,
I am sorry to hear your husband had a health scare this year. Did you post about it? I didn’t hear anything. Hoping all is well now 🙂 Happy New Year!