November 1…wow.. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by… it is like the years go faster and faster and faster! But once again we are heading into last fall and preparing for another really busy holiday season.
I am really grateful that we have chickens. I really do love having fresh eggs, but I love that my kids love having chickens. I wasn’t raised with any “farm” animals or gardens. The closest I came to was my grandpa’s patio tomato plants. Well, maybe when I was really young we had a garden, but I don’t really remember. Because we moved so much (military brat!) there was no way to have a garden or keep any kind of farm animals. I can only imagine chickens on a military base..haha. That is just a funny thought.
So to be able to give my kids even a glimpse of farm life is important. We have dogs and cats, but they don’t provide food. My next goal is to have meat chickens, but for now the girls go down in the evenings to tend to the chickens. They water, feed, and work to keep them warm. They enjoy them. There is something oddly calming about being around chickens. In the end I am thankful for opportunities to teach my kids about taking care of something that needs you. They need to be fed when friends are over, they need to be watered in the winter, they need be have a clean bed even on the weekends… their needs don’t stop when fun comes around. My kids need that reminder often.
I am also thankful for the reminder as well. It is so easy to just “go to the store” for whatever you need when you need it. I have a lot to learn about being self sufficient…but I am so blessed by the opportunity to learn without starving!