We are home from our adventure! After almost an entire year of pretty much staying here on the farm, we left on Thursday and drove to North Carolina... an 8+ hour drive. It was raining when we left and we carried the rain along with us the whole way south. Where we were headed was predicted to have tornados... not something we were eager to experience. However, luck was on our side, and by the time we arrived, the tornados had re-routed and we were met with sunshine and spring blossoms.
Our first stop was a quick visit with a dear friend. Then on to visit our youngest grand baby who we had not previously met, except via video chat.
Meet Wren Marie.... with the most engaging smile!
We call her our Carolina wren... because she is Wren from North Carolina... not to mention the Carolina wren is a favorite bird here on the farm with the sweetest song of all and a preponderance for making its (their) nests in our garage.
While visiting, we gave Wren's parents a couple hours off from parenthood so that they could run some errands without a baby - and we went out for a long stroller walk,
and found lots of ways to entertain her.
We spent the weekend with Wren and her parents trying to soak up as much time with our long-distance grand baby as possible. If we had our way, all of our kids and grandkids would be local. And if truth were known, I'd have them all build houses here on the farm so that we could have one large family compound. But life doesn't always work out the way we would have it. It's ok, though... I am so very grateful that they each have wonderful lives. Between us, we have four grown children, their spouses, and 5 healthy, happy grandchildren. Life is good - we can ask for nothing more!
Ok.... those cheeks!!
While we were gone, "The Girls" stayed in the house and dog-sat for us.
If you have followed farm life for any length of time, you will already have met Macy and Maggie and their mom. They've been a part of our farm family for many years. We keep threatening to adopt them all!
Lucky for us, they are always eager to farm-sit for us.
Knowing that our dogs, as well as all of the other animals, will have lots of love while we are gone gives us tremendous peace of mind.
Home is my happy place.
And, now that warmer weather has arrived... I'll be jumping into all sorts of exciting projects around the farm. Finally, I will have some interesting things to share with you. By the end of the winter I was feeling a little redundant. Spring has a way of refilling my inspiration baskets. Look out... Spring fills me with energy, enthusiasm, and inspiration! This coming week I'll start planting the garden.
Many thanks to our neighbors, Anna, Jim and Kathy for holding down the farm while we were gone!!!