We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Counting Blessings, Enjoying the World and Its People

Today is just so beautiful; the boys and I have been outside.  Just a little chilly wind but crisp azure skies are just so stunning.  We are very fortunate to have each other and be supported by the most wonderful providers; Our Creator and hubby.  For without them both  --  our lives would be so very different and difficult.

Some things I have learned along the way:

1. Say 'thank you' often.
2. Tell your children and loved ones; you love them and show it.
3. Play with your hubby like you are children: allow your children to see your joy at being together.
4. Hug your loved ones daily.
5. Give your children a sense of history; tell them about their people; who were probably pretty darn amazing.
6. Don't sweat things you can not change.
7. Have goals and work towards them until achieved; let your children see your struggles to teach them how to cope.
8. If you are not happy; then it is probably you -- so work to change yourself.
9. Don't ask of others what you are not willing to do.
10. Make daily living chores fun by working along with your children to impart your work ethic.
11. Show empathy for all living things even those you deem the lowliest like bugs and snakes because, they too play a role in the universe.
12. Know the names of those who serve you.
13. If you don't like the job someone else had accomplished; then show them the way by teaching.
14. Don't criticize out of anger or frustration do so in love gently.
15. Allow failure from time to time; for without failure we do not appreciate what we have after awhile.
16. Be honest, not spiteful; there is a difference.
17. Recognize everyone makes mistakes including yourself -- accept the outcome of your actions; say sorry, make amends and mean it.
18. Look up sometimes to feel the sun on your face, smell the air around you, and change directions.
19. Recognize we all get there eventually but, may not take the same path.
20. Trust that people are basically good, and want to do the right thing and while there are some who are the exception ... see 19 if you don't agree.
21. Give encouragement to those who need it, a helping hand up, a shoulder to cry on for one day you may require the same.
22. Learn something new everyday and then teach it to someone else -- there is a world to discover.
23.  Get your hands in the dirt or use them to make something.
24.  Smile in the face of adversity like you have a secret because you do; YOU HAVE FAITH the world is a wonderful place.

Then when all else fails........Forgive, forgive, forgive
or ask forgiveness.


mixednut555 said...

Very nice post, my friend, thank you!

aswesow said...

Good stuff!

Nekkid Chicken said...

KATTTTTTTTTT! How the heck are you my friend? Been awaiting a new update. How does U'i enjoy her new school?

Smooches & Smackers,
Over da pond, Sistah

Thanks Aswesow, Long time no type. LOL How have you been? Hugs and kisses from a craggy hen. ~:>

floweringmama said...

AMEN to that!

Sharon said...

Nice Post, Mal!

Nekkid Chicken said...

Thanks Ladies, Just enjoying my day with my fellows. I have got to post this "Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup," in my crock pot. My whole house smells good enough to eat. YUM YUM!

Judy's Corner said...


Janet said...

I manage about half of those and the rest I work at- honest !nice post x

Vickie said...

Great post and great reminders for us all!

Are you guys going to be in this second round of snow/ice? I think we are in East Texas here. We had a pipe burst at the farmhouse in the bathroom sink. The plumbers here are so backed up it'll be at least next week before they can even come look at it!

Thanks for stopping by - I'm trying to get around to visit everybody. Just busy busy around here with the wedding coming up, working, family, painting the inside of the house, etc.

Stay warm, girl!


I love your list! :-)

Especially #5 - #9 - #11 and #17

God bless and have a great day :-)


polly's path said...

Amen, sister.

John Gray said...

hard work to do them all.... i WOULD SETTLE for a "thank you" every day

Nekkid Chicken said...

Hey Judy,

Janet, I work on myself daily; try to model the behavior I want my boys to mimic.

Vickie, Thanks for stopping by. We are still having issues with one pipe system leading into our house. This winter has been a trial for sure. Hope you get your water back on and pipes up to par.
Stay warm,

Nekkid Chicken said...

Howdy Ron, Hope it is beautiful in your world. Thanks for the kind words.

Thanks Polly, I need to go read your updates.

Hello John, Hope the weather has settled down for you over there. It has been a winter to remember here. Take care,