A Brief Retrospective Of January 2019

January 2019 Favorites

The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time to look back on the old and look forward to the new, and so some type of retrospective of our illustration and story posts also seems appropriate.

For me, it’s a chance to see what was successful (or not). If something resonates with readers, then I have a better feeling of being on the right track. For new readers, it’s a chance to catch up with some of the most popular posts here. For those of you who have been reading for a while, there may be something you missed or might like to revisit.

After employing a rather complicated mathematical formula along with the very reliable and soon-to-be-patented “Chicken Peck Selector,” these are the most popular posts from January 2019. (These are shown above from left to right. Links to the full illustrations and posts follow.)

First “Most Popular” Post January 2019

“A Leap Of Faith” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This story became the turning point for Gracie in our story collection titled “Seasons Of Friendship.” It is also one of my favorite of all time because it shows Gracie’s heart.)

Second “Most Popular” Post January 2019

“Lost And Not Afraid” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (For me, this continues to be a reminder to be motivated by love, not fear. It is also a reminder that we can never hold onto anyone if we truly love them. This post is one of my favorites about Amelia because it shows her at her bravest and most vulnerable.)

Third “Most Popular” Post January 2019

“But Is That Enough?” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This is one of my favorite memories of just how special my Amelia is. Like her, we all need a home where we are loved.)

It would be difficult for me to select a personal favorite from these three. Each is special to me in its own way. Thanks for joining me on this retrospective of our illustration and story posts. I have enjoyed this chance to look back and see what you as readers enjoyed the most!

 

Family Photo Friday!

Family Photo Friday

Today’s photograph is of Gracie. I have realized I don’t often share photos of her, even though this website is titled “My Life With Gracie.” Usually she is so busy with her leadership duties I’m only able to catch a photo of her tail feathers! So when I had a chance, I took this photo.

Earlier this week, I shared with you how my chickens now have bales of hay around their coop and run area to serve as wind blocks. This photo shows Gracie on top of a hay bale inside their run area. This has become her favorite morning lookout spot as I leave for work.

You may remember a recent “Family Photo Friday!” post of Amelia which showed her right eye rather close up as she was examining the camera. She was using her right eye because it is better for viewing things closeup. In today’s photo, Gracie is using her left eye which is better for viewing things far away. She is not going to let any predators sneak up on them from a distance.

What a good guardian she is for my little flock! She is not being distracted by the camera while keeping watch over her friends with her farsighted left eyes.

Below is a photo showing Gracie a bit perplexed by why I am still taking her photo rather than getting their “Daddy-is-going-off-to-work” mealworm treats. At this moment, my priorities are obviously not the same as hers. (Safe home and happy tummies for all!)

For today, I hope we will all see just as Gracie sees: motivated by love with farsighted bravery. I also hope life will provide you with your favorite most enjoyable treats. (I am quite sure that will not include mealworms! And that just means more for the chickens!)

Family Photo Friday

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