I know it's the New Year and most folks are focused on the future. But today, I'm thinking of the past and how it has led me here. To my little farm, not far from where my Great Grandmother lived.
She's known in my family for (among other things) having come from Denmark and having a little trouble with the language, always telling my Dad to "Throw the cows over the fence" meaning throw some hay over the fence to the cows!
I'm also 7 miles from the farm my Grandparents moved to in 1933.
Where they raised their 4 children during the Great Depression. Because they were on that farm and had the faith, skills, resilience, and grit to grow, raise, and preserve food for their family they were able to give their ration stamps to the folks in town who really needed them. It was there that my Dad learned the many skills and life lessons he has passed on to me that allow me to take this path that I'm on. I hope I inherited some of that grit too!
Also, me and Dad both like cute goats! :)
That old farmhouse has been gone a long time now, but we still visit the land sometimes.
And it's still there in the heart of my very favorite homesteader.
minimum no maintenance road. It's really bumpy. Sometimes it tries to throw you off the side. If it rains, you're not going anywhere, so you better just batten down the hatches.
But I drive it anyway. Because it's my roots. Because my heart grew from there. Because, just like in life, sometimes the roughest roads lead to the best places.
I hope you're having a beautiful day!
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