Friday, January 17, 2014

Thankful Thursdays Re-visited

You never know where or when inspiration may strike.

I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I am participating in a challenge where you write 500 (at least) words every day.  See the little badge over in the sidebar?  So far, I have managed to be meet or exceed the goal, but most of the words I’ve been writing will probably never end up here on the pages of the farm blog.  I’ve been using my 500 words to work out issues from the past that have been hanging around in the corners of my mind for far too long, fogging up my thinking more often than I'd like. …and it’s helping, so I’m very thankful for this challenge.

Another reason to be thankful for the challenge is that lots of other writers are sharing lots of other things that they have written.  There are some amazing authors out there that most of us have never heard of. I am excited to learn of new blogs to follow and read other folks perspectives on all sorts of things.  This is another way I’m thankful for this challenge.

By now, I’m sure you’re wondering WHAT any of this has to do with the farm…or this blog…

Yesterday, one of the challenge participants noted that she had posted a THANKFUL THURSDAY every Thursday for 2 years.  2 years!  …and she’s been through some really tough stuff in the past two years.  I know, I looked.

Back in 2012, I had started to post Thankful Thursdays myself, in an attempt to focus on just how very blessed we are here on the hill. (here is the first post) …and I did pretty well…for a while. 

But, this year I haven’t posted any “Thankful Thursdays” at all.  Not because I’m not (thankful) …but, life got busy and I’m beyond tired right now and my priorities got a little skewed. It’s much easier to goof off on social media than sit down, compose my thoughts and write coherently.

However, there is much for which to be thankful.  Very much indeed!  So here’s a thank you to Sarah Fortenot (who may have no idea I exist) for reminding me, inspiring me to make sure that I actually express the thanks that I feel for this life that I am privileged to lead.

I’ve missed writing the Thankful posts.  Those posts shift my thinking and make me see things (even the bad experiences) in a new light.  When I remember that “all things work together for good”  it is much easier to “in everything give thanks”. And despite the fact that my “thankful Thursday” is going to get posted on Friday (okay, so I wrote it on Friday, too) I am inspired by the blog "Fontenot Four" to be Thankful on a regular basis. 

Here are just a few of the things I’m thankful for this week…and the reasons I have been distracted.  yes, they are one in the same---


We're a little more than halfway done with lambing for the 2014 season.  So many reasons to be thankful!


  1. If that is the little baby in the last photo Barbara then he looks fine now. What breed are they - the farmer thinks probably Suffolks. And yes, Thankful Thursday is a brilliant idea.

    1. The last pic is the youngest (so far) lamb in yesterday's snow. My bottle baby is still in the shop and looks pretty much like he does in the picture where he is in my lap. He has gained quite a bit of weight this week and weighs nearly 9 pounds. (He started out about 6.5, I think) Tell the Farmer that he is right! They are all Suffolks (take that back, I do have one crossbred ewe in there, too---she's some Dorset)
      I'm glad you like Thankful Thursday.

  2. That's really great that you are taking part in that challenge! And it is always refreshing to see people list what they are thankful for. Sometimes that can make others appreciate the more mundane, overlooked or taken for granted aspects of their life.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Colby! I hope that my sharing does help someone else in some way.