|Shaye helping to put fresh hay into the coop.|
Frequently, as we raised our daughters, we'd take them on trips to the country and they'd flourish. My daughters would find large branches and put them together in pyramid fashion, my husband would tie off the top to hold the tip of the pyramid together and the girls would wrap the entire contraption with sheets. Presto! They had their own Tee Pee. Summer after summer, in the woods, on their land, wherever we found ourselves in nature, they'd build a tee pee. Soon, they kept their best tee pee sticks with us at all times and we'd travel with them in tow. Such good times in a home-made tee pee.
|My girls visiting a REAL Tee pee.|
|My daughters on one of our many, many camping trips.|
|My oldest, the Biologist!|
|My youngest daughter and I having a fun time. It's been suggested that the white floater is my mother "visiting."|
Not so sure about that, but we do seem to have a lot of odd floaters in certain photos.
|With our two daughters...our oldest had attended Texas A&M and this picture was for Ring Day!|
|Shaye fishing with Deputy Dave and yes, she caught plenty, all by herself!|
|Here is Shaye at only 3 years old, Miss Thinker. She took my book, wrote in the blank|
back pages and she'd pause to consider weighty issues of her 3-year old world.
|My naturally blond sister and me having fun at a friend's wedding. I am several years older than she.|
Shaye was born a short time later and she gave us a bit of our mother back.
|My mom holding my little sister. You cannot tell that my mom has a left paralyzed arm and right paralyzed leg.|
|Baby Shaye with my oldest daughter, Heather, taking a nap.|
|One of many great times we've had with Shaye at the park.|
She loves every bit of it. I watch her fascination with all things in nature and see her delight while outdoors and I feel light and happy and carefree. Her joy is contagious.
I can't wait to develop our acreage and to one day see our future grandkids enjoy the farm with MATOES, CHICKIES, TWACTORS and more little Howdy doggies. But, we'll also have goats and a few cattle.
I keep praying that God will helps us to continually move forward to the day when we will be able to sell this house and make our big move. Sometimes it hits me hard...our move to our acreage is actually right around the corner. The fuzzy initial dream has become more sharp as the years have passed.
Now, it's easier to focus in on how drastically our lives will be changing as we move to the land; it's becoming our new reality. I'm excited, scared, anxious, eager and in disbelief. I feel like a kid who is moving to the farm!