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(photo model provided by Ayn Duncan)

 

The time of Thanks is here again, and as always I have a long list of things for which I am more than grateful.  In the past, I have offered thanks for my life as a farmer, for the people in my world and for the food on my table.  This year, I want to express my sincere thanks for something else that has become near and dear to me.

This Farm Wife is eternally thankful for you.  It is because of you that I even have The Farm Wife website.  I cannot tell you how much your encouragement, comments and sharing mean to me. It is also through this website that I was blessed with the opportunity to expand it into weekly columns in three local newspapers, with hopes of more in 2017.   

Through this website, I have been ‘introduced’ to some wonderful people who share my love of all things farming and simple living.  You have also taught me new thing, offered a new perspective on others, and shared with me some great websites where I can learn more and expand my abilities.  You have cried with me over the loss of an animal; laughed with me at their antics; encouraged me when I just wanted to throw my hands up and give in.  It is through you that I find my lost courage to try again.

John Donne wrote a piece (Meditation XVII) that is, at least in part, well known.  “No man is an Island, entire of itself.”  We also know the last portion, “And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  It is what comes between those words that speak loudly to myself about our chosen lifestyle – “…every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;…”  Without my friends, my family, my neighbors, my readers, Paradise Plantation just wouldn’t be as wonderful a place to live.  To lose just one person in this wonderful group would mean to lose a piece of my heart – whether I have shared a real or virtual table with you.  You are what keeps me moving forward, and for that I am truly grateful.

Whether you follow me through the newspaper columns, on my blog site at thefarmwife.com, or are my supporting neighbors, friends and family, I deeply and whole-heartedly thank God for you, and all the support and encouragement you have given me.  I also thank Him for giving me the gift of creativity, because it is only through Him that I can continue to do this. 

This Thanksgiving please know that you are loved and appreciated.  Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.