Today we give thanks.
I am grateful for my husband, our home, and our family that chooses to be in our lives.
I am grateful to our close friends.
As you get older you will notice your inner circle gets smaller but those in it are more special than ever.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone please stay safe on the roads and have a great weekend.
Today is my dad’s birthday he would have been 78 – years old.
He passed away September 1, 2014 – 3 years ago from esophageal cancer right before he would have been 75.
I think the hardest part of my dad dying was that I replay our last conversations over and over in my head.
I have put the pieces together of EVERYTHING he was trying to tell me. My dad was trying to warn me what would happen when he was gone he was trying to prepare me for it. Nothing could ever prepare me for what has happened.
Happy Birthday, DAD, I love you and miss you.
Our grandson Andrew who is 6 -years old has been collecting legos for quite a few years.
He has always been into the tiny legos even when he was not old enough for them.
He loves the sets that make a town, police station, fire station etc. His mom and dad have bought him plenty of these through the years for him.
He would ask for them for his birthday and Christmas so the rest of us would buy them for him. Any money he earned doing jobs he spent on Legos.
Legos is by far his favorite toy because your imagination can run wild.
His lego collection was in the school room because it was a place he could go and build in peace without the disruption from his twin sisters or baby brother.Most of the time he would do this just to have a place he could leave stuff built at. Sometimes his sisters would go in there and build stuff with him.
When the barn flooded the water from the goats and chickens pen and stalls rushed into the school room ruining his Lego collection along with all the school books.
Our daughter said even with Clorox she does not feel safe trying to save the lego collection.
I had him pick out two sets and then I picked out a 3rd that will be delivered to him next Thursday. He picked out a fire rescue, a lodge and I picked out a fishing boat set.
With children, their things mean as much to them as ours does to us. He was very stressed during the storm thinking it was going to take down their house. He was so excited to see the water finally going down.
The least those of us in his family can do is replace as many as we can to help a little boys imagination be stimulated once again by Legos.
Our daughter and her husband drove 7 hours to pick up 2 more registered Nigerian dairy goats
One grown one already had babies and still has milk she will be bred again in August. Our daughter can practice milking on this goat 1 x a day because she still has milk. The other one was just bred and should have her babies in December. I said, babies, because most goats have multiples.
While they were there they went ahead and bought a buck and they were given a wether to keep the buck company. They say wethers make really good pets.
Now they have a total of 7 goats. I think that will be all the goats for now because some will be having babies and others will be bred when they are old enough.
I hope to get some pictures of them next week to share.
I was outdoors bright and early Monday morning taking pictures with my Canon 400 mm lens. If I had been out there with any other lens these shots would not have been possible.
While I was shooting a fence post and barbed wire out of the corner of my eye I saw something run past me but about 3 acres over. I looked up and low and behold it was a deer a very large buck. Of course, my camera was not set to be shooting towards the sun but I just started shooting. I had no time to check settings change them or even review the pictures I was taking.
Then all of a sudden here came another buck this one was younger and his rack was not as big as the older one. I was able to take about 12 pictures before they left, of course, my favorites were when they were together.
We see deer here on occasion but normally it is a couple of doe or a doe and a fawn but never bucks and much less never two of them.
In fact, it has been several months since we have seen any deer at all. My husband and I recently talked about it and wondered where they were all hiding.
Over the last week, there have been so many signs right in front of me. There have been lots of butterflies in all colors some I have never seen before, Cardinals, and many bird feathers in a specific order certain colors each day.
All of these things I noticed and even spoke to my sister and my cousin about it. I felt like all these things were my dad trying to get my attention.
When the deer came along it was like a giant billboard flashing right in front of me.
I honestly feel like my dad was trying to tell me he is around and he is always watching over me. At the same time, I think he wanted me to know he sees everything that is going on.
The connections we feel to our deceased loved ones are there as long as we pay attention to the signs.