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Life & Death


Life.. its a crazy, wonderful thing. With every life, comes death. I have so many emotions today. This weather, so damp, cold, and humid, makes everything a little more gloomy. In my last post, I told everyone the loss of our sweet chicken, Rosy. Since then, we have had two deaths in my family. Both somewhat fast and unexpected and yet everyone knew, it wasn’t far. I think of our family, the trials and tribulations each and every one of us go through in the worst of times and event he best of times. It leads me to reflect on my life… what I want out of it, what I want for my children and husband, my siblings, and friends. With that, there are a few things I have come to know:

~ FORGIVENESS. This is key in any relationship. If you cannot forgive, then don’t expect for people to forgive you. We all say things, do things, and act ways that are inappropriate in someone else’s eyes. Forgive them.

~ RESPECT. Respect yourself. Respect others. Respect can go a long way when it comes to relationships. Don’t lie to one another.. respect others for all that they are, even when it seems hard.

~ LOVE. Ah. My favorite <3 Love one another. It is the most wanted thing in every single person. To be wanted. To be needed. To be loved.

~ BOUNDARIES. Learn to set them. That does not mean cutting people out of your life. That means making boundaries by having healthy conversations with one another to express thoughts, emotions, and hurt.

~ FRIENDSHIPS. Cherish them. Find your tribe, and love them hard. Don’t waste time on the pettiness. When you find the ones you can laugh with, cry with, and share your frustrations with, don’t ever let them go.

I strive to live by these as often as I can.  Sometimes, it is easier said than done, and then other times, it seems nearly impossible.  But through all of the losses and death in my little lifetime, I have come to realize as an adult, that these rules above, if followed as often as you can, help to live a more peaceful, loving, and happier life.

I wish you all the same.. to live a life of peace, happiness, love, grace, and fun!


Life.. Embrace the Mess that YOU are

Life.  That is what happens to us.  So many ups and downs and twists and turns.. and before you know it, months later, you realize that your life is just a mess.   A crazy, beautiful, busy, sometimes rough, slightly annoyed, work-addicted, colorful life- and I would not trade it for the world.

It’s been a while since I was able to write..  about life, about our crazy chickens, or the newest dog addition, or my kids that seem to have grown like weeds in the past 3 short months.  So with that, here is a little update on our favorite Rosy and Pearl!  They finally finished their second bout of molting..  oh how I have missed our daily eggs!  About 1 month ago, Pearl started to lay her eggs again– YAY!!   On the other hand, Rosy has stopped laying hers.  I do not think we have gotten an egg from her since before Thanksgiving.  My husband believes she is just done…  I still am holding out hope.  With that, has begun talks of getting a bigger coop in the works so we can have more hens!  Our girls like to free range a lot (then again, which hens don’t?!)  Now that our days are longer, they get to stay outside longer for their free-range time.  They enjoy playing chase with the newest pup, Norvi, as well as play in the big dogs water bowl.  They also like to pick oranges off of the orange tree and loving the alfalfa that we start to grow for them!


Spring is one of my favorite times!  It is filled with fun events in our city, a perfect time for spending family time outside and also time with friends…  crawfish boils are my families’ favorite!  Spring is also the time work is busiest– requires a lot of traveling which I could not be more thankful for.   Getting to see and explore new areas, regardless of the tragic reasons I am there, brings so much awareness.  I learn.. i learn how to deal with people, with life events, with different cultures, all the while, implementing those things learned back at home.  I am a very goal oriented person..  If I want something, I will figure out a way to achieve it.  Some see that as a threat.  I see it as attacking my goals head on and achieving what I want to make ME a better person- despite what anyone else thinks.  I have learned to become more free. Free by taking ME time.  Not letting stupid, insecure, and overly mean spirited people filled with hate, take me down.  Learning that the problem lies with that person or persons and they can figure it out.  Learning to apologize to those that deserve it and learning to love the ones that CHOOSE to be in my or my families’ lives.   But most importantly, knowing when to walk away and say I. AM. DONE.   The focus is on my kids. My husband. My animals. My friends. My work. AND God.  Life is:  Beautiful. Tragic. Happy. Filled with love.  and above all, I CHOOSE ME.


Happy New Year!… Now Back it on Up.

2017 is the start of a brand new year.  New goals. New friends. New trips, New problems, New opportunities, New Chicks. New everything.  As we move on to the future, we are often told- don’t look back.  I believe it is important to “look back” because that is what we learn from.

Our household still has our beloved Pearl and Rosy.   They made it through the winter (which where we live, is no real winter) and through another crazy year!  Egg production was low, but hey, that’s normal right?  We have new goals for our girls—  new ideas to help them lay better.  Adding more chicks to our flock. Upgrading their coop to a much bigger one..  I have this idea to add a couple of goats-  yes goats- to our brood.

It is also a year of personal growth and goals.  I have ideas– ideas on how and where to expand this blog. Ideas on my family, their best interest, as well as mine.  Ridding the things (and people) that do not fit in our life– mostly the negativity.  Negative and unforgiving people. Negative problems that only bring frustration. And most importantly, becoming a minimalist.  Downsizing what we have in our home and working towards a more organized life.

One thing I have learned in 2016 is that my expectations are way too high.  I expect forgiveness, love, stability, and unconditional being from family and friends.  That is unrealistic.  It shouldn’t be though.   It should not be a bad thing to have high expectations.  If only to learn that when those expectations are not met, and you have a family member (or members) and friends that choose to act selfish, immature, and inconsiderate; have a proper way to deal without getting upset.  Still maintain those high standards and love for the ones around you and have a backup ready in order to cope with the disappointment.

Most recently, someone gave me a quote in a nutshell about what 2016 taught me:

“Don’t worry about what people say behind your back: they are the people who are finding faults in your life, Instead of fixing the faults in their own life.”

BAM!  This could not be more true…  and to the negatives this year, I say:


2017 is a new year. With a new year, comes a new chance at change.  Maybe you ought to try it too.