It seems like the past year has gone by just like that. It has been an interesting year, and I feel like I have so many things to be thankful for. I like my little family — my husband, cat, chickens, and two fish. For the most part, we live a simple and drama-free life.
With all the chaos in the world, my little homestead is a place of refuge and respite. My critters certainly have a calming effect. I have also made some new friends this year at a poultry expo. It is nice to meet like-minded people, and fun to get together for lunch and share stories about our poultry.
For the last few years I have wanted to work around horses. This year, I was able to make that a reality by volunteering at an equine therapy ranch. It is great to get away from everything and to be hands-on with horses. I am learning so much.
I love to write, and this year I was so excited to have an article published in GRIT’s special "chicken edition" of the magazine. It was a definite highlight for me! I have also written several articles for my local newspaper. I always learn so much about the people and the area where I live by doing that.
The opportunity to speak at a conference this year was interesting. It is something that I have wanted to do for many years; I was nervous about it, but overall it was a good experience. I thought I might not want to do it again, but now I think I wouldn’t mind. I will have to see if another opportunity presents itself.
It has been a full and busy year for me. In some ways I feel more fulfilled than I have in a little while. Life is never perfect, but I never want to cease to be thankful for all the blessings in my life.