Dogs, Chickens, Goats and more

First let me say please forgive my absence from the blogging world. I just haven’t felt it lately and I will tell you why. In my last post I told you all how we were a year mourning our precious Sara Lee. We finally decided it was time to get a pup because Hemi was so lonely. We ended up rescuing two of them. They are adorable German Shepherd and black lab mix.

 

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Phoenix and Onyx napping while we plant potatoes!
Phoenix and Onyx napping while we plant potatoes!

 

Sweet pups
Sweet pups

 

 

 

 

Hemi learned to love them and they were getting along so well and then the unthinkable happened. We got a call…Hemi had been hit by a car. A year and a couple of weeks after Sara Lee. Oh how our hearts hurt. I know you must be wondering so I’ll go ahead and say it..We live at least a 1/4 mile off the road. Hemi did not go to the road. She had no reason to with all the fun here. Last year we determined that she and Sara Lee ran across the road chasing deer.  This time no deer, no reason to be there. Trees around us were cut and it is more noisy out here. We are hearing cars and seeing neighbors lights that we’ve never heard and seen before. Our best guess is that she heard something she thought needed investigating. The person who hit her was kind and apologetic and that helps but our son is still aching for his sweet Hemi.

We got our goats finally late January. They are boers and we are totally in love with them. Buddy, Daisy and Butter Cup bring us a lot of joy. Hemi had been totally fascinated with them. I imagined that she was thinking “What kind of dog is this? She stayed beside them for weeks.

 

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Since Hemi’s passing we are focusing on each other, the pups, the goats and chickens, ducks, and the garden. There is always so much work to be done. Life is still good out here on the farm despite the losses we have faced. I know all of you understand. Sometime life is just tough. However, we are taking things one day at a time and counting our blessings and not our sorrows.

Can I drive this thing?
Can I drive this thing?
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True Thankfulness

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Here are a few thoughts about thankfulness that I’d like to share.

First, God tells us we should be thankful in everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says we are to be thankful in all circumstances. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks always and for everything. Give thanks ALWAYS? For EVERYTHING? You might wonder how a person is to give thanks when they are: broke, jobless, homeless, have a serious illness, lost a precious family member, or any other crises they are facing. Yet, these two verses clearly tell us give thanks to God in all circumstances.

I’m sure you have heard the expressions, “It could always be worse”, and “There is always somebody worse off than you.” (By the way, those are the last things a person in despair wants to hear)
When we go through the difficulties that life throws at us and we feel there is no one that can possibly know what our pain is like, we can rest assured there is always someone on this earth who has been through a similar situation and understands. And let’s not forget that our Saviour does indeed know a bit about suffering.

Now, this is just my humble opinion but I don’t think that during our times of grief and despair The Lord expects us to be JOYFUL. I mean, we aren’t going to be screaming “Hallelujah” When we have a disease or a family member dies! He does however, expect us to have joy IN Christ. Joy in KNOWING that He has given us his greatest gift(2 Corinthians 9:15) and in knowing His love for us endures forever(Ps.107.1). It was actually while in the depths despair that two of my favorite hymns were written. “It is well with my soul” was written after Chicago lawyer Horatio Spafford lost his finances and nearly his entire family.
http://www.faithlikecoffee.com/…/the-story-behind-it-is-well-with-my-soul.html

“How great thou art” was penned when Stuart K. Hines, a missionary was given shelter from a thunderstorm by a local school master. http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/o/w/how_great_Thou_art.htm

Like these songwriters and so many others knowing in whom our joy and peace lie will allow us to truly be thankful even when it seems there is not that much to be
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Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving and a heart of thanksgiving everyday!