We Find Cool Things

Each day is Precious, and a Beautiful Gift from the Lord! May these photos reach you, my Amazing Grandbabies, Children, Family, and Friends, Warming Your Heart and Encouraging you to Explore this Earth with each other and Share what you find!

The wings of the Cicada remind me of stained glass. In this first photo, (which I might have shared already) I have a difficult time looking away from them. They are said to help them repel water and dirt!

The next photo, if I am correct, is a Red-Headed Woodpecker. If I had not personally taken this photo. I would have thought someone had put a ceramic bird out by my bird bath. πŸ™‚

The Red-Headed Woodpecker is a medium size and the only Woodpecker with a completely red head. I assume he loves our woods, making a nest in the dead tree we have on the edge. He just flew over to check me out sitting by the window. He might have found some tasty insects and flew them back to his home.

There is JOY in taking these photos and even more JOY sharing them with you! Have a beautiful day exploring!! :)Jen

Healing for the Soul

Exploring New O’Hana Farm, here in beautiful Tennessee, with family, friends, and our pups, has been such an adventure and healing for my soul. We are coming up on our first year anniversary in less than a week! We were talking about this as we saw the colors changing on some of our trees.

For the next few posts, I am going to look through the year in photos. There may be repeats as I share them with you, but hopefully you will find them to be not only pretty, but interesting and comforting.

The first photo may not look like much, but can ONLY be truly appreciated if you are sitting on our swing in the Whimsy Garden we are creating!! Morning, Noon, and Night, being there is like viewing and feeling a little bit of heaven!

The double rainbow is shared from our side patio, and when I saw them, I felt like I was the only one on earth. I must have took 30 photos.

The moon is from last weekend. Our trampoline was destroyed by the huge tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee. We have been waiting to find and purchase a new one. As the family enjoyed glow sticks, s’mores, and jumping, I took the moon photo. We enjoyed staying up late, a bonfire, and family. The moon shone through the clouds, gently.

We truly have Gatlinburg, TN views as you look at the next 3 photos! Our home has plenty of windows that we leave without curtains and shades to enjoy the beauty of the seasons! Happy Autumn! :)Jen

On This Farm We Wander

My name is Sampson, and I am the baby of Delilah and Moses. My momma, a Nubian, is the best at getting under fences, climbing over hay bales, chewing through bungee cords, and pushing in one spot till she breaks free. She gets out and enjoys the other pasture until she gets bored. She works her way through the barn, and if the gate is open, she stands just outside.

My dad, Moses, a Boer, is happy and content to stay in the warm large side of the barn, or out in the large pasture. He is very laid back, laying on his large wooden spools in the warm morning sunshine. When he is getting ready to be fed, brushed, and people are talking to him, he loves to smile super big!

Last Thursday, my momma, Delilah, broke fencing and began exploring. She visited the Nigerian and African Pygmy goats, pushing on their gate, till she nicely dented it in. The male, Stitch, though young, stood his ground. He let out noises that sounded like hisses and grunts to protect the 7 young females he proudly adores.

The exploring part looked like a great opportunity, for myself, to also experience wandering. Finding a way out, I joined my momma, and asked if we could walk the drive and look in the windows of the farm house. Wouldn’t those people that feed and care for us be surprised?!!

Feeling large gravel under my hooves was rather interesting. The two of us walking together on a different adventure! Hearing the farm house door, my heart felt nervous and excited. She, the lady that always says, “Good morning Handsome”, stood outside with her boots on, hair tied back, and shiny things in her hands. Might she have a treat? Maybe I would try to smile like my dad, Moses.

Then those shiny things began to bang together and with shock, momma ran back towards the barn. She is a stubborn girl, I have heard the lady and man say. But, not today. If she is not going to be stubborn, then I will be! Feeling brave and strong, I start to turn around. My horns are quite impressive on my powerful head. My body is strong and I am young and want to explore. Ladies voice gets much louder, as do the shiny things. Before I know what I have done, I am back in the barn. Watching Lady close the gates, I hear her say, “Thank you, Handsome.” :)Jen

Explore-Challenge-Inspiration

Each day, since the beginning of the week, YES, I KNOW IT IS ONLY WEDNESDAY πŸ˜‰ Each day, I have started setting up different challenges for myself.

Realizing we just had “Christmas in July Dinner“, (see my previous post) I felt like I needed a “kick in the butt” so not to slip right in to fall and winter with no “NEW YEAR STARTING IN JULY RESOLUTIONS”

  • Listen to and Learn from My Elders BECAUSE they have stories to tell. They have life experiences that I might never know about unless I ask. Unless, I take the time to sit down and talk.
My parents are such blessings and they have these amazing stories!
  • Walk every morning, on the farm trail my husband is making for me.
Daisy The Bulldog on one of our morning walks!
  • Produce more posts. On this one, honesty took a quick sit-down with me. She said, “You would rather be writing your books, and poem books, or doing anything else than a blog because you lack self-confidence.” I agreed. Overthinking each word gets me nowhere. Which leads to the next challenge.
  • Be Me! Do My Best! I like me, because I am a very strong woman. All of us women need to believe in ourselves, knowing we are amazing and we can do anything we put our mind too. One of my favorite lines from the movie, The Help, “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.” I could go on and on with this challenge, but…
  • Remember it is not all about me. I Love This One! Inspire Looking around, I am wanting to know what is happening in other people’s lives-their hobbies, interests, goals, and challenges they have. When in conversation, or passing I will strive to ask them how they are and let them share their thoughts. There is a bible verse that came through on my bible.com daily app. Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Let them talk, and I can ask questions and be engaged fully in the conversation without taking over and telling my similar experiences all the time.
  • The last one is meant to draw me outside more, to explore nature and to share with others what I find. Taking photos and videos. To Inspire

Write! Read! Explore! Have Meaningful Conversations! And Share Your Challenges and Inspiration :)Jen

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