This is one of my favorite photos of Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, and Pearl when they were all still pullets (female chickens before they have laid their first egg). After their first egg they can officially be called hens. It’s a big event!

That’s modest Gracie with her back to the camera. Bessie is looking up inquisitively to see if the strange box called a camera may present any possible danger. Blanche and Pearl are doing what they do best —- hunting for food! They look a little like eagles, don’t they? Perhaps that’s what they imagine themselves to be when hunting!

This was before Amelia and Emily came to live with us as refugees. This was before their first winter with snow. This was before life started moving much too fast. We had time back then to examine things carefully and to savor our time together.

Time feels as if it is rushing by all too quickly. We have seen so much and done so much, but there hardly seems to be time to record and share it all.

In less than two weeks, on August 1st, we will be celebrating one year of stories and illustrations through “My Life With Gracie.” That is amazing! Amazing!

I would like to think of a really great gift to give all of you, our friends and readers around the world! Hmm…must consult with Gracie, she always has good ideas!

Each post shares a glimpse into my journey as a writer and illustrator. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!

12 thoughts on “Family Photo Friday!

    1. Thank you so much, Judi! I really can’t think of words to express how grateful I am to you and our other regular readers. You give is inspiration and encouragement and insights we would have never had any other way! I’m hoping to have a fun August 1st surprise gift for everyone!


    1. Thank you so much, Ruth! I think you’ve been with us from the beginning, or practically the beginning! Your encouragement and insights have helped us to grow so much! Hoping to have a nice August 1st fun gift for you and our other valued readers!

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    1. Thank you so very much! I hope it will bring you many happy thoughts and perhaps a few pleasant surprises. I imagine it best read under a peaceful shady tree where you can imagine all of my chickens gathered around your feet to enjoy it with you. Best wishes always! John

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    1. Thank you so much! If it were not for you and our other friends who are readers, we would have never been able to make it this far with our literary endeavors. I mean that, we all mean that, from our deepest hearts of hearts. In the end, all that remains is love and friendship and the memories we share together. We hope to have a pleasantly joyful surprise gift for everyone on our August 1st Anniversary!


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