Each day finds us feeling a little more familiar with this place.
As animals come to find their home here, we come to understand how their presence adds more life to our lives.
The barn, now warmed by their bodies, has become welcoming.
Girls in the pasture curled up with puppies.
Goats trailing waiting for a treat.
A cat that has yet to kill a mouse, but looks regal in his pursuit.
Each morning the act of that barn door swinging wide feels like the opening of a present. You wonder what you will find.
As we settle in to this life of service, to a place that demands much, we find ourselves, a little more of who he is calling us to be.
The days pass.
No time to write or walk.
It’s become a gallop.
This life living on the land always demands more.
So things fall away.
The evenings lingering over books or laughing at the screen have become chores and projects and watching sunsets from the pasture.
There is a ton left to learn.
With each new morning comes an opportunity to understand how little I know about our rural way of life.
Forgive me for my absence.
As the sun begins to set later and the bones become tired from the work, my hope is my fingers will find a place on the keyboard and sharing more of this beautiful place will be my blessing to you.
January 12, 2021
You have always been the girl with the bright eyes and big heart.
My tenderhearted child, you taught me how to live in the moment, to chase sunsets and rainbows.
It feels, most days, that your mere presence brings the sun.
Thank you for sharing your fun facts and your thought provoking questions;
for your show stopping hugs and your up for anything attitude;
and thank you for loving us through the hard days and laughing with us at the good.
Audrey Hope you make me proud.
Being your Momma is life’s greatest gift.
When you look back at this year I hope you can see the rose in spite of the thorns.
I will always be here.
Together, somewhere between a dance party and a book club, we will navigate these teenage years.
You are my joy.
Happiest of birthday’s my baby girl.
I love you.
P.S. The song is so fitting! What do you think about trying this on your guitar???