Friday, June 26, 2020
As I sit at camp, with a gentle breeze blowing and the sun beginning to break from behind the clouds, I am reminded of all of the beauty around us. The green grass bedazzled with clover, the magnificent size of some trees, the beauty of a sunrise, the beauty of white clouds against a blue sky, even just the smell of newness the morning brings. Isn't it amazing to think that God created all of this artwork for us to see?
Early mornings listening to the birds sing and chirp, squirrels scattering along the many branches of the trees, the crackle of a campfire, no traffic, no big city sounds, just nature at it's finest. How special a morning can be! Add a talk with Jesus to the mix and you have a perfect day! No riots, no protests, no murders, no bad in any way will affect the early morning here. Praise God as I truly believe we hear too much bad on the radio, television, and even this amazing net that I am writing this on.
I will have to get photos from here today and send them to all of you. I am simply amazed by the beauty around us. I watched children ride bikes, roller skate, and even play on a swing set last evening. Kids walking and talking to parents, kids being kids and not having an electronic device attached to them and they were having fun! I truly believe that this pandemic taught many of us what is truly important in life. I think it taught many parents the meaning of teaching their children more about being outside and being able to be off the computer, electronic game, etc.
A nice elderly lady just walked by the campsite, walking with the aid of a walker, and spoke to a complete stranger. A nice smile and a " Good Morning". How special times like that are these days! Have you spoken to your neighbor recently? I know many that do not speak to their neighbors, but in the past those neighbors might have been some of your best friends. How many times do you pass an elderly person in a store or in public and not speak? Not smile? Do you realize that you could be the only person that they see today? You might be the only person that could say "HI, How are you today?" They might be wondering why their son or daughter never come to visit, why the neighbors are always in such a rush, maybe they just wonder if today is the day God will take them home because life on this earth has become lonely and void. We get caught up so many times in our own lives and the busyness that we feel we must do, that we forget that people and feelings are what truly matter! Saying Good Morning can be a lifesaver to someone that considers they have nothing to live for.
Be a bright spot today for someone. Pay for a coffee, call an old friend, get up a bit early and sit with nature and remind yourself of all the beauty around us and the be kind! Speak to the less fortunate, speak to the elderly, chat with a neighbor! Make the day better for someone!
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Welcome to Sunday Blessings! I would love for you to share your own blessing on your blog and link to this one, but I can never get the Mr. Linky link to put the box here for everyone to link too. I will gladly read any links that anyone shares in the comments below.
Blessings come each day if we are just willing to see them. Open our eyes to the many good things that happen daily and try to allow them to override the bad. I believe many times we concentrate on the negatives in life till we can't see the blessings anymore.
These days it seems that the world has gone crazy and each day we hear more about racial divide in our country as well as the tensions in Washington, political agendas, wars, terrorism, and all the other bad in the world. The good gets overlooked, which is sad!
It doesn't matter to me what race you are, what your sexual preference is or what nationality you are, there is a place on the Earth for you, God loves you, and you are a human being the same as I am! Be a law abiding citizen and a productive member of society and treat others with respect! There truly is no reason to be so divided in this country. I may not agree with you on all aspects of life and that is perfectly okay.
For my blessing today, I want to speak of Father's Day! A day to honor the man (or woman that filled a father's role) that guided you and taught you what was expected of you in life.
I was not blessed with a kind and loving father. My father was an alcoholic and abusive, but I learned many things from him. I learned what kind of man I would not marry! I learned that alcohol is an evil for many! I learned that my grandfather was a complete gentleman and that if all men were like him, life would be so much less complicated.
I was blessed that my father and I were able to reconnect after many years and he had stopped drinking and we had a decent relationship.Memories made it hard to forgive him and I could never forget what he had done, but I was able to move on and have a relationship with him.
I am blessed to have the man walking beside me in life that has been a good father to our children. He adopted our oldest at 8 years old and has taught her so many things. He has helped our youngest at times that he truly was so mad he wanted to beat her, but he was able to realize that life doesn't always go as planned and that he had to get past the anger to move ahead and enjoy life as it was.
He has a son that has grown into a wonderful young man. He is respectful, hard working, and very determined to make a good life for himself. I am so proud of him. His dad was not always in his life due to no reason on his own, but he still has a great respect for his dad and knows that life threw challenges, which Dad overcame and has now written out of his life completely.
To all the fathers out there, may I say Happy Father's Day!
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Dec. 1, 19555 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus - Her one choice began a movement, the Civil Rights Movement, which led to African American people being allowed the same freedoms as white citizens and led to Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963.
In the 1830's, the white man removed many American Indians from their land and moved them to land within the United States that had been identified as "Indian land". This move, known as the Trail of Tears was a forced removal of these Indians from the land that they knew as home and the trip was brutal , leaving many starving and sick along the way. Many of the Indians died before ever reaching their new home.
In 1619, a private ship brought 20 people into the United States that had been seized from a Portuguese slave ship into the Jamestown, Virginia area. These people were reportedly the first slaves in the United States, although many people slaves were here before then. Slavery was abolished on Dec. 18, 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln.
Many other events have led to the history of the United States. Many of the historical events in our history are sad, brutal, and even unimaginable to the American people today. However, whether we agree with the events that took place or not, it is our history. We are to learn from it, we are to grow from it and we should never repeat the bad or unimaginable events again. Yet, our country seems as divided racially as we were in the 1950's.
Do I feel that racial equality is a problem in the United States? Yes, I do. However, whether there is a problem with equality or a problem with officers across the United States that are shooting unarmed black men without cause, it gives NO ONE the right to loot and burn or destroy the lives of other human beings that had absolutely nothing to do with any of the problem.
I am outraged over the death of Breona Taylor, a young lady with so much to give to the country and yet, gunned down in her own home by officers that were delivering a warrant to the wrong home. Mistakes happen, but entering someone's home in the middle of the night and not announcing yourself as police is a crime. Yes, in her case the officers were fired upon, but her boyfriend was attempting to protect her and himself as he thought someone was breaking in. I would shoot too. No knock on the door, no announcement of who is entering my home, nothing except a wrong address and a young lady killed for no reason.
George Floyd did not deserve to die on the ground with an officer on his neck. He was subdued and in police custody, so he could have been gotten up. Once handcuffed and in custody, there is no reason not to stand him up and get him into a police car.
Rashard Brooks, the latest to die at the hands of white officers, was clearly in the wrong for struggling with the officers and with grabbing a taser from the officer and pointing it at officers. I am not saying deadly force was necessary as he was shot in the back, but I truly believe that the officers had a right to fire at him to stop him. I was not there to know if threats were made or what. I am fully aware that if he had gotten the officers gun, he clearly may have shot the responding officer and then we would not be hearing nearly as much about it on the news.
My thoughts are: You do not run from the police if you are being stopped or questioned, you don't reach for their gun, taser, or handcuffs. I was taught that from a young age, were you? If we are going to talk about the homicide rates across the United States, let's talk true numbers. How many of those homicides are by African Americans, Mexican's, Caucasians, and each other race in the country?
My grandmother was Cherokee Indian and never lived on a reservation, but being of Native American decent, and knowing that in the 1830's many Native American's were forced to leave their homes and moved to a near area, where they were told that they were only allowed on Indian land is upsetting to me, I can't hold anyone today accountable for those actions, as it truly had nothing to do with any of them.
We all need to realize that we all have a purpose on Earth and that we all can do some good if we work at it. We need to love our neighbors and help each other.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
SUNDAY BLESSINGS BY CAROL
Welcome to my Sunday meme where I will share my weekly blessings from here on the farm. I have changed my photo and may continue to change it a few times before I get it just as I want it. However, I welcome you to join us and share your blessings as well.
With all the chaos that has been happening in the world that we are living in, I feel now is a perfect time to share some happiness with others. My friends and loyal readers here are welcome to share this meme as well. Let's offer the world a more peaceful and blessed day once a week.
My daughter has returned to work and my granddoll will be back with me four days a week starting Tuesday. What a blessing I hope to be for her. She struggled this past week after going home with her aunt and staying as she missed her mommy. Something that she had rarely ever said before since she was with me so much since birth while mommy worked, but Co-Vid hit and mommy was home a lot more.
I am thankful and blessed that my youngest daughter is doing well with the granddoll. Being a single parent is hard and the fact that my daughter is a little immature for her age, it has been a struggle at times, but she is doing better. They camped in the front yard last night in a new tent. I am sure it was a fun experience and I am thankful that she is willing to do those kinds of things with her.
Sundays are great days to remember what beliefs and standards our country was built on. God, prayer, church and all of the concepts that young people these days seem to forget. I am truly hoping that a new generation emerges soon that believes in God, family, country, and the good in humanity!
Please feel free to link up to our Sunday blessings meme and share your blessings so that others may be blessed as well!
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Hi! I am so sorry to my faithful readers that my posts have been so sporadic lately. I am so preoccupied with so many things these days- plants, flowers, weddings, the grand doll, Co-Vid, school preparations, etc. that my days never seem to be long enough.
I am currently resting from mowing and decided that while I was able to do a quick check of things that I had online for sale, I would also write a post. I miss you my friends as I have not even been able to read things these days. I just find that the computer seems to be a desk occupant these days as my life is crazy busy with all of the things that I love about the country, but that certainly take my time.
On my to do list today, I still want to be able to spend some time with my horse and I want to finish some of the yard work that I know my husband would do, but he truly doesn't have time for either. It has been a busy week with the daughter returning to work. Luckily, the grand doll wanted to go home with her aunt so I have had some free time without her under my feet.
We have made a decision that since we truly have no idea as to what school will be like this fall, we are going to keep her home another year, but I have also made the monumental decision that I want to attempt to school her here and use the Montessori method to the best that I can. So I have been crazy busy with getting activities and work ready for her and finding out more about our daily plan by adding school to our day. LOL!
Anyone familiar with Montessori that would like to give advice, I would gladly take it. You can message me at Slaters431017174@aol.com. Just be sure to let me know that you read this post. I will take any information that I can find.
Well, I shall leave you with a farm picture to say that I will hopefully, be on a more relaxed schedule next week.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Hello! My daughters and I are going to attempt to leave all of our corporate jobs and earn our own money our own way. We have decided that we will to things that we love and that can be accomplished being on our own mini farms.
Several years ago, I opened an Etsy shop, but I really haven't ever done much with it. I have decided to reopen it and attempt to do many things with it now. I will be listing and advertising quite a bit over the next few days. I am hoping that I can even list my daughter's homemade dog treats that she is making from there. If not, I will list them someplace else. There are very popular around her and I, so I know others will like them too.
Please visit my shop HERE... Brown County Naturals will be adding many additions to it daily for the next few weeks. Thanks for your kindness!!
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