>Farm chores somehow form our rhythm of life …now, rest and be thankful…


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Anyone who grew up on a farm will tell you that the rural life can have pleasures aplenty. The wonders of nature are close at hand. The clean air and exhausting but exhilarating work  outdoors become treasured memories as farm kids grow older; I hope that my children as well as my little neighbors enjoy those memories as time goes by…I believe there are lessons to be learned and values created in living a farm life.
Our family has developed a routine of living, I call it a rhythm… chores  to do… done daily: hauling water, filling feed bags with fresh hay, cleaning duck pools, chicken houses, (soon) gathering eggs, tending the garden with Finnegan(a Berni-doodle) and Lexi (a lab) close by heels..not to mention animal maintenance; shearing, brushing, matt clipping, toe nail trimmings, and worming… suppertime  in the summer can sometimes be 9pm…whew….it’s almost bedtime. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Oh, did I mention my need to add sheep to this mix?
Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
–  Robert Brault

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”

–   Swedish Proverb

“I pray that the life of this spring and summer may ever lie fair in my memory.”–  Henry David Thoreau

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing…

Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur
of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” 
–   John Lubbock

Contemplation?…..a child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement…

Ralph Waldo Emerson “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.”

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