Life on the farm with the Man…and our critters…

Out with the old…

Last night, Mother Nature blessed the farm with another stunning sunset, and I had the good fortune to be out walking the pups as it unfolded.  The crisp air of winter, along with the sound of our feet walking through the snow, added to the wonder of the view.  As I watched the colors fade to dark, I thought about what it signified.  Not just another day gone by, but also another year nearly complete.  It was a year that challenged me in ways that I would never have imagined.  Forced to define what I stood for, both to myself and others, I am no longer the man I was a year ago. I see things differently than I did before, and no longer do I question my faith in both my God and humanity.  I started out the year wondering if there were any good men left in this world, and I’m happy to say that there are, and they are now a part of my life.  Just as I searched for others that stood for friendship, morality, and brotherly love, I also had to examine those that didn’t.  Some hard choices were made, and even though the road to those choices tested my resolve, I have no regrets.  I took on the past year the best way I knew how and with a lesson my parents taught me long ago…by doing the right thing. The coming year will no doubt continue to bring challenges, but as the sun sets on 2010, I have confidence that I am on the right path.  Walk with me if you like…

7 responses


    The sunset at the farm is beautiful and your word’s are inspireing and yes, i would like to walk you.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm


      I meant i would like to walk with you. Not walk you.

      December 31, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      • Ha ha…I knew what you meant Aunt Ruby…

        December 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  2. Tracy

    Just beautiful Rick. So glad we reconnected after all of these years…

    December 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    • So am I, Tracy…:-)

      December 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  3. Liza Dawes

    This is a great webpage. Nice pics and I love you for you.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

  4. Beth

    I can never get enough of reading this post….Sounds like you and I spent a lot of this past year doing similar things- examining what is important, what is real, what is acceptable and ridding ourselves of the unacceptable. Love you so much Rick- don’t ever change. Hope to see you soon.
    🙂 Love, Beth

    January 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

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