For homebodies and farm folk, we sure have made the rounds this summer…from the beach, to the College World Series to visiting family in New England. I know a whole lot of farm folk who never leave town, so three times in one summer is feeling extravagant! I think we’ll stay home for a good, long while now.
But before I get too cozy in my homebody mode, I want to thank our families for giving us wonderful places to visit: a peaceful little lake in Vermont with my husband’s family and a picturesque harbor town in Maine with my family. Our families have returned to these places every summer for many, many years. We’re just grateful that we got to join them this year!
Lake St. Catherine in Vermont with my husband’s family:
A yummy treat during our seven hour drive from Vermont to Maine:
And Maine with my family:
A perfect Maine day: boat to an island, have a picnic, and hunt for treasures.
And a new discovery this year: The Lost Kitchen.
I count it a privilege to have such beautiful places to visit and a beautiful place to call home. I remember the years when we weren’t ready to leave the beauty of Maine and Vermont. Houston was a hot, steamy, concrete jungle, but it was home. And wherever home is, that’s where we most like to be. But to have home be as beautiful and life-giving to us anywhere else? That’s a dream come true!
One more thing before I head out to the barn: it takes a lot of work to leave the farm. We tidy up, stock up and train caretakers on the front end…then return to all the chores that didn’t take a vacation on the back end. But stepping out of the daily routine is good for us. It excites us to come home and get back to work. Even mucking stalls and cleaning coops isn’t so bad when you’ve had a little break! But here’s the part you really need to know: we never could’ve done this without the amazing families who spent their vacation time here on our farm.
THANK YOU isn’t a big enough word for The Thomas Family, The Cantrell Family, The Jones Family and sweet Abbey and Shaun. Because of all the love and care you provided our animals, we didn’t have to worry about a thing while we were away. Our hope and prayer is that you were as blessed by the spirit of life on Ten 10 Farm as we are!
Speaking of animals, this mama duck and her newly hatched little one were waiting for us when we returned home. One of the sweetest things I’ve seen on our farm!
There’s no place like your own nest!
Blessings to you, Bravehearted Beauties!