My Life With Gracie…Filled With Hope

Filled With Hope

Well, here we are on the eve of a new year, a year filled with opportunities of which we may not even yet be aware!

Who would have imagined in 2018 we would have been dancing ballet, baking cookies, performing in a standup comedy routine, or finding all of you who are our new friends all over the world?!?

I wonder if it’s possible to accomplish more without any resolutions for each new year, just a resolution for each new day. What do you think?

My chickens look at each day as a new day. When they walk down their ladder in the morning, they study everything carefully. It is like they expect things to have somehow changed overnight while they slept. Their hearts are always filled with hope. They look for the familiar, and then they look for the new…like what’s in their fresh breakfast salad!

Each day has its own resolution. Each day has its own special challenges and rewards. Each day is a gift.

Thank you for reading, and may your heart be filled with hope for each new day in this new year!

Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Amelia, Emily, and John

Filled With Hope

My Life With Gracie…Closer Than Ever

Closer Than Ever

Sometimes I wonder how my chickens view the world and their place in it. The holiday season can feel somewhat surreal to me. All of the normal things can be there, like people and food and smiles and hugs. But sometimes these ordinary things can feel as if they are combined in a strange way you would not normally expect, like in a dream.

For some people, the holiday time can feel as if advertisements are trying to control their lives. There are so many unrealistic (and expensive) images of what is required to have Peace, Joy, and Love. Fortunately, my chickens don’t watch television. As far as I know, they don’t subscribe to any glossy print magazines. (Although I am at work when the mail is delivered, so I wonder…?)

Chickens don’t celebrate holidays, and so they don’t understand “holiday time.” But they do sense something is different. During the holiday season, quiet peace can become precious. People rush around to do busy things, and it can be really confusing. The nights often don’t seem very silent.

My chickens feel it because their routine is broken by my own holiday events, and they don’t understand why. Chickens love their routine and the familiar. So mine find their best friends and perch together for a while and wait for the season to be over and for me to be back again on their routine.

This weekend we will have our time together, and things will begin returning to normal, especially since I have nothing special planned for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Some people might call this weekend “quality time,” but I can’t.

You see, chickens not only lack understanding of “holiday time,” they also lack understanding of “quality time.” They only know when they feel loved, and that is most often with a friend by their side.

I’m unsure who created the term “quality time,” but it doesn’t work with chickens, and I’m doubtful it works with most people.

You can plan all you want, but the quality moment you are expecting will seldom happen at your appointed time or in your appointed way. Those moments just happen on their own by simply being and by being together.

Life makes those moments happen, not us.

Life seldom moves at the exciting speed of a thirty-second television advertisement or looks as euphorically perfect as a glossy magazine spread. Life seldom dances merrily along with the ideal choreography we imagine.

But life also seldom looks like a surreal nonsensical dream, at least not when it becomes about letting others know they are loved.

My Life With Gracie taught me the world can be a confusing place without a friend by your side.

I will do my best to post each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!

Closer Than Ever

My Life With Gracie…Peace And Joy

Peace And Joy

Well, Christmas Day will soon be here! Gracie and the other girls are eagerly awaiting their feast of steamed sweet potato pieces topped with roasted pumpkin seeds. It will definitely be a wonderful day! You can be sure my jeans and shoes will be used as their holiday napkin too!

We are so thankful for all of you who have been following along with our adventures and bits of “chicken wisdom.” In just a few months we have grown to more regular readers than I had ever imagined possible.

But it’s not about collecting numbers. More than anything, we want to help bring peace and joy into your heart. With everything we share here, that is our goal.

For my chickens, they just go about their daily routine doing what chickens do. For me, I just draw illustrations and write words to go with them. There’s nothing special in those things.

If anything here touches your heart, that’s not my chickens or me. That’s something far greater. That’s Light and Life and Love. That’s the source of Peace and Joy.

My Life With Gracie wishes you Peace and Joy…and Light and Life and Love…and a Merry Christmas too!

Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Amelia, Emily, and John

Peace And Joy