Many Blessings

I’ve had this post idea rolling around in my head for a couple weeks now. Last Monday a link came across my email from a homeschool group I belong to and I am eternally grateful. I ran across the Holy Experience blog about a year ago and some of Ann’s posts touched me deeply. Over the course of the year, being busy and all, I lost the link. Now it is found and the timing is just right, the timing is His. I am ready to join the Gratitude Community and count my blessings. I’ve always considered myself a “silver lining” kind of person, but dealing with some personal issues the last two years had me lost in the clouds, unable or unwilling (sometimes both) to see the silver lining.

I am setting my goal for 1000 blessings for 9 months. That is 3-4 blessings a day. I want to include pictures, but am not pressuring myself with the requirement of documenting each blessing with a photo. See? That is progress right there, me and reality.  I see this process as a way to make Philippians 4:4– “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” and Philippians 4:8– “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” a way of life for myself.

holy experience

Ann does hers on Monday, but I can’t promise I always will.

#1 – The love of my life, the father of my children, my one-and-only

Mine

#2 – My precious and cuddly 4-year-old baby girl

Silliness

#3 – My serious and sweet 6-year-old middle child

Excitement

#4 – My gentle and joyful 7-year-old, soon-to-be-a-2nd-grader

Joyful

#5 – Learning photography lingo. This is a diptych:

Hello Yellow

#6 – Toothless grins

Toothless Silliness

#7 – Boys in mud puddles

Splash

#8 – Cats who hide their kittens

#9 – Dads who play with their kids

Family

#10 – Curious dogs

Izzy's Curious

#11 – Dryer fresh towels

Softness

#12 – Breakfast in bed

#13 – Cards from my beloved that make me teary-eyed

May you take the time to count the blessings in your life,

Vicki

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I Can Relate

Last spring we planted gobs of tulip bulbs.  We had a few blooms last year, but figured that the real show would be this spring.  So patiently I have been waiting.  Ok, so impatiently I have been waiting for those gorgeous blooms.  And waiting.  And waiting.  You get the picture.  Now I will show you a picture of my glorious tulips.

Tattered Tulip

That’s it. One lone, chicken-pecked tulip. To be honest, I was a little peeved. And then it hit me, the wondering. I thought, This must be a little like how God feels. He planted all these perfect little bulbs in good soil and what He gets is a beat up, tattered blossom from the few bulbs who burst through the dark soil into the son-light.” Suddenly, I like my lone, tattered tulip.

Tattered Tulip

Blessings, Vicki

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Sunshine

Daffydilly

Daffodil Bokeh

Peachy

Blessings,

Vicki

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Baby Goats

Our goat Daisy had triplets this morning, two boys and a girl.

Daisy
Daisy

Hoss
Hoss

Russell
Russell

Jasmine
Jasmine

And just for giggles, here is a picture of Heart, Thomas and Cinderella. Thomas and Cinderella are five weeks old now. They are about half the size of their mama, who is on the small side.

Heart, Thomas and Cinderella

We now have seven goats, nine hens, one rooster, two ducks, two dogs, one bunny and one, possibly two, cats. Oh, and Allie and Ollie (the call ducks) seem to be nesting. So far there is one egg in their perfect little nest.

Ah, welcome, Spring!

Blessings,
Vicki

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All Things New

Thomas

Cinderella

We are fast approaching farm status here on the acre of land God blessed us with.  Above are Heart’s kids, Thomas and Cinderella.  Daisy is due any day.  We bought a bunny this past weekend, Honey Bunny.  The call ducks seem to be a little broody.  The chickens are doing their thing, we have a blue egger now.  Ever see a blue egg?  I’ll show you sometime.

I think our male cat has run off, leaving us with just Joy.  Maggie is freshly de-wormed (nasty) and I think Izzy may be a pig.  She has gained about 20 pounds since we got her.

Garden 2010 is underway!  Seeds are started, soon to be moved to our new greenhouse.  Carrots, red romaine lettuce, gold rush lettuce, spinach, red onions, yellow onions, green bunching onions, radishes, beets and turnips are all in the ground.  We should be harvesting our first fruits as early as April 22!  The radishes take 25-30 days to mature, that is about as fast as it gets in the garden world.

Blessings,

Vicki

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The Beauty of Today

Today is one of those March days that make you realize you’re going to make it through winter after all.  Well, at least here in SE Indiana, it is.  I have some friends who live in Florida, I’m thinking that winter’s a little different there.  I’ve been itching to do some shooting searching for the beauty amidst the mud after the gorgeous snow melted.  Today did not disappoint.

First Intentional Blooms

Tender Caretaker

Grazing

Hello, Sunshine!

First Blooms...

Friends Forever and Ever

I think this sunshine and I can be BFF’s forever and ever. As long as she sticks around for a while, I can only handle so much stringing along.

Wishing beauty for your day,
Vicki

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Allow Me to Shed Some Light on the Situation

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Life has been busy, some good, some ridiculous.  I’ve written many posts in the past two months…in my head.  I’ve looked at my life, lost my focus, re-focused and moved on.  We are working on some DIY home projects before the garden season kicks into gear.  Mostly, I’ve thought a lot about my role in life.  I’ll probably share more detail, but right now, I’m just letting you know that I’m here.  Pressing in, pressing on.

Blessings,

Vicki

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