Archive for September, 2008

R.I.P. Miss Fannie

Today our beloved chicken, Miss Fannie, departed this world. Her life was cut short by the actions of an overly active Boxer puppy. Miss Fannie was a good chicken, a little Cochin bantam. We raised her from a day old chick. We got her by accident, when she somehow she ended up in our box of Black Stars. She was our favorite from the very beginning. She was beautiful and feisty. Her squawk was quite distinguishable and we knew it anywhere. She kept us laughing with her egg hiding antics. Once I was in the garage and she scared me half to death when she popped out of a plant pot with a loud squawk, followed by a thud. She dropped her egg and fled. That was Miss Fannie. Always on the go.

The farm won’t be the same without you, Miss Fannie. You are irreplaceable. May you Rest in peace.


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I have made an observation in my life. Anyone who knows me, knows that I struggle in the area of organization and housekeeping. It just doesn’t come natural to me. Recently, things have been pretty bad. My house has just been cluttered and truthfully, it drives me nuts. But, I just don’t know where to begin sometimes.

So, I’ve been talking to my friends about it and asking for advice. My Pastor’s wife told me that she basically cleans in every spare moment she has. Part of me cringed inside. I don’t want to spend every spare moment cleaning! I decided to give it a shot though and slowly, I am climbing out from under the mess. My husband is starting to notice the difference and my burden is starting to feel lighter.

Here’s the biggest thing that I notice. Yes, I am tired when I sit down to rest, but I am also much more relaxed. When the house is in calamity, I never truly relax. I always feel guilty and I’m always noticing “fires” that need to be put out. I’m feeling less and less like that everyday. My stress level is decreasing and I feel more able to enjoy the blessings in my life.

I don’t ever want to get buried under a mess again. Please, Lord, help me to stay on top of things.

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My husband and I have a date Friday night. We are going to see the movie Fireproof. This movie is about a couple on the verge of divorce. The husband heeds his father’s advice and decides to wait 40 days before going through with it. During that time he strives to learn how to love his wife and win her heart back. To me, it looks to be a beautiful love story. I can’t wait to see it.

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Internal Editor Banished

Hello. I’m blogging! I have to admit, I’ve tried blogging before. I generally delete everything and abandon the site after a few weeks. But this time, I won’t quit. I really mean it! I am going to ignore my internal editor and just write from my heart. You are welcome to read my thoughts, but don’t expect them to be blemish free. I don’t have any big, world changing thoughts today, but I will share a conversation I just had with my five-year-old son, who is adopted.

Son: Mommy, where did you get me?

Me:(shocked becasue he’s never asked anything like this) What do you mean? Where do you think I got you?

Son: One day I saw you and all your kids and I wanted you to come get me, so you did.

Me:(Thinking “He was 10 months old. How can he remember?) Well, son, God gave you to us.”

Son:(Smiling real big) I came from God?

Me: Yep, you sure did!

Son to his big sister: You came from the hospital. I came from God!

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