Monday, March 2, 2015


Ahhhhhh....the pause that refreshes.
Thank you for taking a little quiet time with me last week.

Duck Hot Tub
In the midst of so much white and gray(brown) and more white...
(yes, it snowed again yesterday...all day)
 it was refreshing to take a trip down memory lane and look at some old photos of warmer times.

Hubbs enlarging Hot Tub
I'll have to admit, I shed a few tears while doing these posts.
Not tears of sadness...
although I was reminded of how deeply I still miss old friends...

but mostly tears of gratitude.

Gratitude that so much love has touched my life.

I am humbled when I take the time to look back at this life on the farm.
The path we have walked has been one of beauty and contentment.
We have known loss and come to understand it as a part of life.
You cannot know great love and joy without also experiencing loss and pain...
the two go hand and hand.
It is part of our human experience.

We grieve and then we get on with life...
because life doesn't take a break on a farm...
not ever!

We have learned so many lessons over the years...
hard lessons learned through sweat and toil,
and gentle lessons taught by the creatures that surround us.

And so...
let's continue this journey, you and I, through the rest of our winter...

and keep a warm spot in our heart where the hope of spring will live for now.

It is time to start planting seeds in the greenhouse...
setting the wheels in motion for a colorful, bountiful (and tasty) summer.

There are many many chores awaiting the coming thaw.

But, for now we will content ourselves with continuing wedding plans and preparations,
as well as dreaming and scheming of garden goodness!

found via Pinterest on

What do you think....
do we stand a chance of decorating our horses for the wedding without them
eating each others' flowers?

Last week I received an email from a company requesting to do a guest post.
Normally I ignore these requests, however this one aligns very closely with my 
philosophy and is totally apropos for a situation that has arisen here on the farm.
(more details on that later this week)

This company has offered an Amazon gift card giveaway (for one of YOU!), as well as
offered compensation for my posting their article.

I said yes.
For two reasons.
One... I believe in their product.
Two... it would be wonderful for this blog to provide just a tiny income on rare occasion.

Don't worry... I haven't sold out... the blog will remain the same,
I am just adding a little additional information from an outside source on one of this weeks' posts...
as well as a great giveaway!

It's a win/win!

Bear with me... at the end of this week I will also be offering an apron giveaway...
in honor of March (our Birthdays month).
A Birthday Present.....For YOU!

PS...Happy Birthday Hubbs!!!(today)


  1. Happy Birthday to your hubby!! March is a birthday month around here as well. Hannah is going to be 17 this year! Gulp... time just seems to fly...

  2. Have to admit the snow makes the farm look pretty but I like the looks of the seed packets better. can't wait to hear about the guest post. Apron give away :) . HaPpY bIrThDaY to Hubbs.

  3. Happy Birthday to your hubs! When are the sheep coming? TerriC

    1. Sheep should be here by early summer. We need this weather to break so that we can get fences built!

  4. love the pictures and happy birthday to your hubby

  5. happy birthday to your husband! we had an ice storm here last night and it is treacherous!

  6. Happy Birthday to your hubby . Lovely photos . I have a b-day this month to he he ! Looking forward to your guest post . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  7. I so enjoyed your posts last week and today! Happy Birthday to your precious husband and I wish him many, many more! I adore your animal posts..they are all so special and it's a blessing to have had so many wonderful four legged friends in your life.

  8. Beautifully written..wonderful sentiment...Happy Birthday Hubs !!

  9. Happy Birthday Mr Bee Haven! I got that seed catalog in the mail today! You are so far ahead of me....not that I will be planting much here and not for a long time.

  10. hello beverly, a very happy birthday to your wonderful hubbs...and a good day to enjoyed your last week's pictures...however, please in the future place huge, red alert signs for cuteness overload!!!! thank you for your sharing of yourself and life on your lovely farm. sally

  11. Sometimes when I read your past posts I felt like you were going to say you are getting ready to leave the farm. I am glad to know that you were just winter-weary.
    A beautiful post here-nostalgic and sweet.
    Oh- I do think you should deck the beauties out in those head pieces for the wedding. lol xo Diana

    1. No worries.....I am here for the long haul!!! I will be a little old lady, still tending to my animals and writing my blog...until the day I fall over dead.

  12. The only comfort in missing those who have gone before us is in knowing that they were truly loved, and that that love is still in our hearts. So they travel with us wherever we go.
    Sounds like some exciting changes coming your way with the onset of spring. Ooooh, an apron?!! Hot dog!

  13. Good Morning,
    I'm coming over from sweet Penny's place, which she painted a picture of one of your sunrises. I really like your blog because it has many pictures of nature, which I appreciate so much. It always brings me peace. The picture of the precious animal with the flower around its head is very nice, and while I was browsing through your posts, I noticed so many wonderful pictures of this and that.

    Me and my daughters also have a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would certainly come back and follow you as well.

    I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley


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