Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2 Chickens and a Fire

Bryan and I have dreams of a farm. We want the garden and the crops, the chickens and the goats, a cow and a barn, and some land. Actually, that's mostly what he wants. I want the fresh fruit and veggies, a jean skirt and cowgirl boots, a big yard under the oak trees to host birthday parties and bonfires, and a couple kids that learn about real life and hard work, right from our home.

It's one of those things that we hope our future will hold, but we also know that we have to be still, and content, and joyful in the here and now. Sometimes it's so hard to be patient and wait on God's timing, but we are trusting that His ways are best.

Anyway, all of that to say, today we got started on a little piece of our farm.

We've always talked about having chickens once we have a farm, but Bella and I have been seriously wanting to get some chickens now. We've chosen names, and spent many nights talking about where and how we will keep them. We've done research on the computer, a cost analysis at our local feed store, and Bryan took them to the library to check out some books on how to raise a chicken. Finally, the day had arrived.

This is Henrietta and Lucille. And they are great! And very loved already.

I love those sweet little Grady hands!

Bryan (aka Cesar Millan) will be working with the dogs, as they want to eat our new babies... 

Today and yesterday, were rare days in Central Florida. We've spent so many days in the 80's already this year, I've almost forgotten what chilly days feel like. This week however, we were blessed with two absolutely BEAUTIFUL, cool days. Today's high was 73*, with a low of 48*. Whoo hoo!

So tonight, in an effort to celebrate the simple things in life, we rocked a last minute, thrown together, call/text/email a few friends, backyard hot dog and marshmallow roast by the fire.

Even though I have no idea what they were talking about, I love the conversation that the guys are having.

There were friends, and conversations, and food, and it was a wonderful little break in the middle of the week.

Lilly, barking at Bailey.
While cold weather may be a silly reason to celebrate, it's more about making the choice to celebrate something, and to be thankful for all of the many little things in life that are good. Friendships are good. And a tiny backyard is good, especially when there are friends to enjoy it with. And life is good.

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