Happy Valentine's Day! Sharing some stinkin' love with some Everyday Thankfuls.
I cannot even tell you how big my grin is right now. Seriously. This Everyday Thankful series makes me SO HAPPY. The pictures and words pouring forth are such beautiful snippets of life.
I have my friend Katy to thank for this week's Everyday Thankful. Katy and I met in a photography class (huzzah!) and despite the distance, this girl has been unbelievably supportive, encouraging, and kind. And she has a wicked sense of humor. Which I see her kids inherited (you'll see what I mean when you get to the bottom of the post. Wait for it!). I told her that I would love to be a fly on the wall of her home. I also think she should get her own reality television show because I would definitely watch it.
Thank you so much, Katy! Your pictures make me miss home (in a good way) and they are wonderfully endearing.
When Ashley asked me to do this, I was excited! Another opportunity to take some pictures...something I love to do, but seldom remember to.
What am I grateful for? There are a million things! Of course the top of my list is my family: my husband, kids, dogs, parents, sisters, friends...most people are, right? So thinking a little harder, I decided I am grateful that I grew up on a farm in Southwest Missouri. My childhood was happy, carefree...fun. So taking a drive out to my parent's house (which, by the way, is also where my grandpa grew up...my roots run deep), I realized the road home is always the road home for me. As fast as the world is changing today, I can take a drive back home and everything is pretty much the same. I feel the same feelings, see the same sites, love the same things. I have driven that road a million times, but today I looked at everything...REALLY LOOKED! I felt like a kid again...I have to admit I got a little teary eyed (but if anyone knows me, that's no surprise).
So for all of this I am grateful:
The road home, (#1 and 2)
Winter calves and watchful mamas (#3)
The barn that has stood for over 75 years, that I swung on ropes from the rafters and played in the hay as a kid (#4)
A broken eave gives a bird a rest (#5)
My mom's watch cat (#6)
My dad's miniature donkeys. They are brothers and have always stayed together. I'm not sure why my dad has miniature donkeys brothers, but I'm kinda glad he does (#7)
This guy, waiting for his garden to grow (#8)
Rusty old bells (#9)
The creek we had to pass over to go to my grandma and grandpa's house (#10 and 11)
The view from my parents' driveway of the old country church in which I first accepted Christ and was baptized in a creek when I was 7 (#12)
Wooden swings hanging from tall oak trees waiting for someone to come play (#13)
Porch Swings!!! (#14)
Pretty birdhouses (#15)
The tractor my dad made out of junk one winter when he was bored and set on top of the silo to annoy my mom. (It was once featured in the local paper) (#16)
OK, so I had to throw in some other things I am grateful for:
Curly hair and brown eyes. (Seriously folks, is he not the cutest guy ever!?) (#17)
Freckles! I grew up wishing I had freckles! I love them! For all of you out there that have freckles and hate them...I am jealous and think you are beautiful! Especially her! (#18)
Squished up faces (#19)
and curly tails (#20)
Big hyper fur balls (#21)
That my 7 year old is dedicated to working out! (#22)
HA HA HA! I am eternally grateful my kids have such amazing senses of humor!
Thank you Ashley for asking me to do this. I really am honored! ...and I love your freckles!
Thank you again, sweet Katy! And Happy Valentine's Day to all you sweet souls out there.
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Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann