As we sit down to eat tomorrow with family and friends, we each should be reminded of all the blessings in our lives: a loving family, close friends, healthy animals, the ability to grow or raise some of our own food and a warm, safe place to live.
So many people don't even have those basics in life, but I believe that the push towards homesteading, backyard chicken keeping and self-sustenance in the form of gardening, canning, sewing and all the other time-honored traditions that are coming back into vogue are the first step for anyone wanting to improve their life and have even more for which to be thankful. Ironically, getting back to our roots and doing things the way our grandparents and their grandparents did, is often the path to a more full, satisfying and blessed life. I am very grateful for the freedoms and opportunities our country affords us and pray that those freedoms endure.
This year I have so much to be grateful for. In March, we adopted a rescue corgi who we named Winston. He has become the darling of our Facebook page and stolen all our hearts here on our farm as well (except for Truffle, our bantam Chocolate Orpington, who seems to want to claw his eyes out any chance she gets!).
|-the day we picked Winston up from the rescue organization-|
We know nothing about Winston's background at all, but for a little guy who probably had never even seen a chicken or a horse in his life before arriving here, he picked up on the intricacies of farm life very quickly and we can't imagine life without him.
Then in October, my book came out. After nearly a year of working at writing, editing and and proofing it, the book became a reality and has been a huge success! Being able to turn my passion for chicken keeping into a viable 'career' through my blogging and writing has made my dreams come true. I am so thankful to you all who have been following along on this journey with me. I can assure you, it's not over yet!
|-My book is on amazon HERE-|
To walk into a Barnes & Noble and see copies of my book on the shelves is just so surreal. It don't think it has sunk in even yet that I'm a published author. But, writing the book has opened so many other doors for me as well, which is exciting.
All in all, I have to say it's been a very good year. I think that being grateful for the simple things like our first raspberry harvest from the bushes we planted last spring, or a successful hatch of baby ducklings, or having so many extra eggs that we are able to give them away to neighbors and friends, or saving an apple tree that was knocked down by a storm, allows one to enjoy life and be appreciative so when the big things come along, they feel well deserved.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and count your own blessings. Remember, they come in all colors, shapes and sizes - and I bet there are more than you realize. Happy Thanksgiving!
|-Truffle, the aforementioned Winston-hater!-|
BECAUSE LIFE IS JUST BETTER WITH CHICKENS!
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