So Long 2018…. It’s Been Real Fun!!

Change has come. New beginnings have taken place. Now we start another year.

20180102_173537

The farm in January 2018

The fact that I haven’t posted in almost a year should indicate just how much has been happening on the farm in 2018. It’s been very active!!

2018 was full of wonderful life events and business victories. Here’s a snapshot of how it all went down (let’s see how well my memory is working). As usual, we kicked off our year fasting in preparation for what was to come. This Continue reading

Advertisements

Men! Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them…

Happy New Year Everyone!! My post today is from 2 years ago, but I was reminded of it this week as we have been hit with a large amount of snow over the last 8 days and have had bitterly cold weather. I’m leaving the original post as is as all of it still reflects my journey in truth…

PS. I did add a picture and we have since moved to our beautiful little farm.


I know it has been ages since I wrote a blog. The blog was a journey I was excited to start and quickly realized I was way out of my league, but lately I have found myself with thoughts I would like to share. Therefore, I have decided to share what I feel like I should share and let the rest of it work it’s way out.  I would find it a complete and total honor if anyone chooses to read this. 



…SO this morning I was up early, which is highly unusual for me, and as I made my way through the house I could hear the roar of the snow blowers and scraping of snow shovels across the driveways and sidewalks in my neighborhood. One, of course, being my husband Wade snow blowing and scraping our driveway and porch.  To really understand the landscape you must know that it has been bitterly cold, temps below freezing and this morning was no exception.  We accumulated more snow over night which made clearing driveways a necessity for anyone planning to get out this morning. Knowing that Wade was outside clearing the driveway, I looked out the window in to the dark of the morning to check on him not daring to go out myself and being so glad that Wade was willing to go out and clear the driveway.  Interestingly enough, as I looked out the window I realized just how blessed I was to have a husband willing to wrap himself in an oversized scarf (that I knitted for him last year, totally not important), a hat, 2 pairs of gloves, long johns, snow pants, wool socks, snow boots, and the heaviest jacket he owns to clear of the sidewalk and driveway.  Not only was Wade out there but I looked down the street and could see other fathers and husbands doing the same thing.  Most of the houses were still dark as their families were still asleep, but those dads were out making preparations for their families before ever leaving for work. See, not only did they need to clear the driveway so that they could go to work to provide for their families, but they were taking time to clear porches and walkways so that the comings and goings of their families would be met with less obstacle and danger.


I felt so blessed knowing that if I had not gotten up to see these men clearing the snow away I would have woke up and it would have just been done. I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought. I would have just been glad I didn’t have to do it, but today I realized and truly appreciated the sacrifice these men were making for their families.  It made me think about my Heavenly Father and how he takes care of so many things for me that I am never aware of. He clears obstacles and goes before me making a way in situations that may otherwise be insurmountable on my own.  Oh how God often makes the crooked way straight! It doesn’t mean that I won’t face hard times, disappointment, or obstacles as I go through my day, but it does mean that I have a God looking out for my best interest.


So, this morning I saw a husband loving and caring for his family and that became to me a reflection of the love and care my Heavenly Father shows me everyday and often I am unaware, but not today.  That was truly an expression of Love In Action.


Take time to see the reflection of God’s love for you today. 


If you look for Him you will find Him!

Luke 11:10 “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”


Jeremiah 29:13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Walking in the light,

Becky Atkinson

Thankful.. Grateful.. Blessed..

It’s the night before Thanksgiving and I’ve chopped, mixed, cooked, and baked in preparation for the big meal.  Oh, this is noteworthy, we are using a fresh turkey that we purchased from a neighboring farm friends at Worth the Wait Farm, since it was fresh processed and not store-bought it didn’t come with the weight on it. I literally had to use my produce scale to weigh the bird so I could calculate the amount of time it would take to cook the thang!  I guess you had to be there, but it totally cracked me up!! I should have taken a picture… I’ve been in and out of the kitchen all afternoon and have loved every minute!! I don’t know about you, but some years it’s more enjoyable than others and this is one of those enjoyable years. I’ve had the whole family in on the fun and I know they have LOVED it!! Well, maybe not as much as me (smirky smile, with a little evil laugh).

Here’s another pretty amazing thing about living in the North, your freezer it HUGE this time of year! it’s like a big walk in freezer! There is a possibility that at this moment there is a table outside, under our car port that is LOADED with food!! LoL!! It’s 32 degrees… Hmmm, you think it’ll freeze?? I guess we’ll find out in the morning… EEK!!

Anyway, I’m thrilled to have so much already prepared for tomorrow’s feast. I hope that whatever your Thanksgiving meal looks like it creates an atmosphere of thankfulness and reflection of just how, in spite of what kind of year you’ve had, there is always something to be grateful for. I’m not sure if I’ve shared this story with you before, but I definitely feel like it is perfect for this moment… I can not tell you how many times my mom came home, picked me up and off to the nursing home we would go. It was usually because she was having a cruddy day. She had a dear sweet friend there and we would go visit with her. To be frank, it wasn’t my favorite thing to do as a kid, but my mom would remind me that there are always people worse off than yourself and the best way to get over yourself is to serve someone else. That lesson, while not intentional on her part, was an example to me of  just how important it is to look outside of ourselves and realize that Blessings are all around us.

There are so many other stories I could tell you about moments like that, moments that moved our focus from “me” to “others.” On Thanksgiving as you sit around a table full of people whom you love, or table of empty chairs that were once filled take time to focus on your Blessings. Remember to have a Grateful heart, even if it’s just the little things this year. I know one thing I’m Thankful for, you!!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His compassion and lovingkindness endure forever.                              ~Psalm 107:1 amp

 

 

My Favorite Girl!!!

Last weekend, Sophie and I headed out on a girl’s day adventure… First, we headed to Shipshewana for a day full of shopping(mainly looking) and horses.  I love that she likes spending time with me!

We had a first on our adventure, Sophie’s first Starbucks, she wasn’t overly impressed. She had hot chocolate and I sipped on some spicy coffee concoction. Then we were off to a the Shipshewana Vintage Christmas Market.  This was my part of the day, however, we both loved all the fabulous vendors. So many creative things! There were super cute boutiques, chippy architectural pieces, and fabulously repurposed crafts.  We

“Mom, watch the road!”

shopped and browsed every aisle, oohing and awwing at every turn. As we walked, we talked about all the things we could create and make; picked up cute creative trinkets and thought about all the people we knew that would love the treasures we had found.

After that came Sophie’s favorite part, Mid America Cowgirl Rodeo Drill Team, their first show! We had a blast watching those girls ride their hearts out!! Around the barrels, across fire, standing atop of horses, all in a day’s work. Several times I gasped and covered my eyes. Sophie would look over at me and laugh with a look that clearly said, “Really mom!” For a girl that loves horses Shipshewana is the place to be.  Horses everywhere, and not just the ones in the show, but the amish community was out in full force! Horses and buggies everywhere!!

When the show was over we were starving and ready to head home to share our day’s adventure with the boys. I’d have to say the best moment of the day happened on the way home, when Sophie looked over at me and said, “I think this was my favorite girl’s day so far.” Gooosh!! My heart swelled with delight.

Days like these reminds me of just how fast things change and kids grow up.  While there were many other things I could have done on Saturday, but the best place I could be was right where I was.

As moms, we can get so caught up in the day to day demands of life that we look over the moments that make for great memories and times that draw us closer to our children. Just like our heavenly Father desires to spend time with us, His children, so do our children desire time with us. Time is the greatest gift we can give in a culture that seems to lack it.