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Archive for January, 2012

The Past Year…

This past year has been an eventful year for myself, as well as the Man.  Together, we worked very hard at making new goals, and even harder at achieving them.  Many hours each day were spent remodeling the barn and putting up fences to make a home for our soon to arrive horses.  When they finally did arrive after many setbacks, we knew our lives had forever changed, and the path had been set.  We are now making plans to add goats in the spring, and the coop is built and fenced in preparation for chickens in the spring.  We planted a few more varieties of fruit trees, as well as added some rows of blackberries in the garden area.  As usual, the Man also spent many hours canning the Fall harvest, producing enough bounty for ourselves and for friends and family.  While we were making plans to become a farm, the Farm became us.

The past year showed a turn around in our lives outside of the Farm.  For a few years, we had mostly turned inward, and had grown content to live the lives of hermits.  The reasons for the self imposed seclusion are many, and certainly worthy of a good tell all, but those are stories for another day.  We realized that we needed to learn to trust again, and to take chances with letting others into our lives.  We’ve made some new friends this past year, one in particular that started out as doing the right thing, and turned into a friendship and a bond that will never be broken. We had friends that we had lost contact with come back into our lives, and we picked up right where we left off.  Through my involvement with the Masons, I continued to find and befriend the good men and women that I had sought so hard to find, and my faith in humanity began to heal.

The beginning of 2011 also marked our tenth year together, and we began it as we have every year before.  With love, respect, and endless laughter.  We stood side by side and worked harder than we’ve ever worked before, and it made us stronger both as friends and as soul mates.  A year later, the goals we achieved, as well as our dreams for the future,  have given us a clear map of where our path leads.  We ended 2011 and welcomed 2012 the same way we have every year…holding hands and sitting beside each other, giving thanks for another year together, and looking forward to what lies ahead for the coming year.  The past year was a very good year, and the coming year looks to be just as promising.  Come what may…and side by side…