December 5, 2020

It has been a beautiful day today on our little farm. My husband and I woke up feeling well and ready to start the rhythm of the day on our adventure farm. We call it our adventure farm because every day is indeed an adventure, especially during this season of COVID. It has been a long 8 months of strict working from home. Before COVID hit, I was the medical director for a community health center pediatric clinic. Because of my age and health status, I began working from home in March of this year.

After many months of struggling with doing telehealth and managing our clinic from afar, I decided it was time to retire this past September from full time work as a pediatrician and to turn my full attention to my husband and family and our farm. More on that to come. My husband is a substance abuse counselor and has been able to work from home , which has been an enormous blessing for us all. Our morning started with feeding our animals and milking our Jersey milk cow, Dolly.

We have been giving everyone and everything names around here. Dolly has a darling calf and her name is Ellie. You will also get to know Bonnie, our pig, our alpacas, Michelle, Coco, Annie, Dottie, Snow, Sugar and Barack. Gracie is our beloved horse and we have 3 other cows named Maggie, Torito and Sancho. We have 3 dogs, Toby, Jacob and Pichon. We even have a golfcart that we zip around the farm in named Mabel. We have a hawk that visits us named Henry and on and on. You see, spending all of this time on this farm has brought us so much closer to our livestock and nature. It helps us feel much less alone.

The holidays this year will be so different. We will not have our family with us on the farm as we were blessed to have had last year. So, the most appropriate thing to do was to start enjoying the holidays with our farm friends. Bonnie, our pig has a wreath on her gate and so do the chickens and our horse Gracie. And today, we strung up vintage white icicle lights on our chicken coop. The chickens were thrilled and stayed out a little longer admiring the lights before strutting off to bed for the night.

Psalms 148: 7-13

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths; fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts and cattle; creeping things and flying fowl; kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; both young men and maidens; old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.

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