Kindness…..What if?

Yesterday I had an opportunity to be a blessing to someone. I had a gentle urging to do something nice for someone else and I listened to that urge. I was immensely blessed in return. I am not going to tell you what happened because it truly wasn’t that big of a deal but it made me and the other person feel good and that is all that matters. My Christian friends would call that urge Jesus or God speaking to me. My non religious friends would say it’s my conscience. Whatever you choose to call it wouldn’t it be nice if we all listened?

As I woke up to the news of yet another shooting this morning and more political name calling and I couldn’t help but think if everyone took just a minute or two out of their day to help someone else what a wonderful world this would truly be. Supposed someone had tried to help the marine with PTSD? What if instead of cursing and name calling those who have religious or political beliefs different from our own we all tried to just be kind? What if we all had just a little more understanding of others views rather than shoving ours down their throats? What if someone does or says something we don’t agree with we just agreed to disagree and moved on. What if someone hurts our feelings and we choose to forgive? What if…..What if…..Sigh. 😞 We could “what if” all day. Until we all stop and put ourselves in another’s shoes and choose kindness nothing changes. And I think we can all agree we need change.

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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?