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Devastation of Harvey

Harvey.  It will never mean the name of a man again.  It will forever remind me of the devastating hurricane that hit the coast of Texas from Brownsville all the way to Louisiana.  Many lives lost, several friends homes destroyed, and hundreds of animals whom no longer have owners.

Two weeks before Harvey hit, our beloved Pearl passed away. An unknown circumstance that apparently is the “norm” when it comes to chickens.  In hindsight, it was probably a blessing.  The stress of going through a hurricane, I could not imagine with her.  We had her for a few years, and she is missed tremendously.. the chasing games between her and the kids, swimming in the pool, and perching in the window every night watching us in the living room.  She was a sweetheart and forever will be missed.

 

RIP Pearl <3

 

I’ve previously addressed what to do in order to prepare for a hurricane.. you can read about it here.  But then reality hits, an actual hurricane is on the horizon, panic sets in, and you take it minute by minute.  I recommend having a checklist.  One you can have prepared at the beginning of the hurricane season that is easy access to checking off everything you need to do.  Animals, kids, husband/wife, extended family— there is so much to do!  But what happens when your city no longer has running water?!  WORST. NIGHTMARE. EVER.  Something that is taken for granted daily, but when crisis hits, we are so under prepared.. which is why I sit back and think now- God has a plan for everything and he knew what he was doing.  Finding water has been an issue- for a week.  Luckily, we are now on the horizon to a surplus of water that is safe for humans and animals.

So now that we are chicken-less, I am devastated. I have been doing a lot of thinking- what is my next step?  I love having chickens– I love fresh eggs– I love that my children grow up learning responsibility and to take care of others.   Therefore, I have decided to make a bigger and better coop.  To put thought and dedication into making a bigger and better home.  To be creative in how we do it. To have more than just two or three chickens— and experience different breeds.  Stay tuned to the next phase as I will be blogging about the steps taken- before and after- and the process of probably one of my biggest projects thus far!

Like they always say, once a chicken mom, always a chicken mom!

 

 

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!