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

Home and Heart…

As most of you know, the Man and I have been on vacation in Hawaii, on the island of Maui.  It truly is a beautiful island, and was the perfect getaway to help lessen the winter blues that I struggle with each year.  They say that “Home is where the heart is”, and for the most part, that is very true, as my heart is very much where the Man is, but this trip has been very different from any others we have taken.  In the past, I’ve been able to set aside most pangs of homesickness for the week or two that we may be gone, with only the occasional pull at my heart strings for what we’ve left behind.  Not so this time.  Don’t get me wrong, our days here on this island of paradise were full of adventure, as is the usual for us.  We tend to find adventures that are far off the beaten path, and pride ourselves on experiencing things that most people overlook.  We’ve climbed mountains to view spectacular valleys, and scaled down cliffs to peek into emerald pools full of salt water wonders like two young boys.  We found hidden roads that lead to rarely visited villages, and sat with old women that offered us toasted coconut while we watched whales play in the distance.  We even walked centuries old lava flows along the sides of wind swept volcanos that most would deem dangerous and foolhardy.  But at the end of the day, as we would watch another magnificent sunset over neighboring islands, my thoughts would turn to what we’ve left behind at home.  Our Farm, with our newly built fences and stables that house our horses, and our dogs, Kody and Gracie, that never leave our side.  Our birds, Opie and Kookie, that delight us with their love and antics on a daily basis, and the cats that curl up with us at night by the fire after a hard day’s work.  We have become the Farm, and it has left it’s imprint on our souls.  For some, home may truly be where the heart is, but for the Man and me, our hearts are where our home is.  We may travel far and wide, sometimes for fun and occasionally for work, but at the end of the day, and of the trip, our hearts lead us back to where we belong.  To the Farm…to our home…

3 responses

  1. Hi Rick,

    It sounds like you and Jack have had a great time. I wondered if you were in Mauii. It is beautiful there. I know you miss you critters. I would too. I still miss my Molly and Chucky. I hope he’s happy. Will be glad to know when you two are home. Jack must have learned a lot. Smart Dr., that man.
    I liked your post. Have to show it to dad.
    Love, Mom

    February 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  2. I love that you share so much of your lives…..
    Maui is such a special place and one that I visit often.
    You blog gives me hope that maybe I too, will find a guy and be able to have the life that you live.

    All the best,
    Tom

    February 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

  3. Ella

    You were greatly missed !! i have spent lots of time with your kids and feel lucky and blessed that i had such great quality time. with ALL of them. A tear is in my eye reading your blog and i have missed my two new friends very Much …… I am VERY happy you will be home very soon and the family will be together again. They may have had fun while you were away BUT there is nothing like family n you are there’s.

    February 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

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