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Monday, November 17, 2014

Give Thanks

Recently I was able to spend two incredible weeks in my home town in Wisconsin, enjoying time with my sons and family. What a joy it was to have that amount of time to bask in the glory of just being together. What a blessing it was!

Now with Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, I can't help but count my blessings past, present, and future!

I want to share some of the moments I encountered during my trip; moments that made my heart sing with Thanksgiving.

Sunset on my first evening home
Fall Leaves and a Rustic Little Birdhouse
Fall Colors
Country Roads
Real life "Friday Night Lights" during small town high school football games

My Dad in His Tractor
This was a familiar sight, my dad perched up in his tractor. I had to drop off his lunch that day. It was a day like most, where he ate his lunch while continuing to work. My parents have always worked incredibly hard. It makes me thankful for the example they have set. 

This summer they hosted the county June Dairy Month celebration, "Breakfast on The Farm" and they always participate in the local Fourth of July Parade by handing out milk and cheese along the parade route. (That's my cute mom, front row in the sun glasses! :) )

Nagel Dairy Farms
Family and family time...precious! This is my sweet niece, Lexie. She gave me a little trombone concert while we were together! :)

Lexie and Me "Selfies"
My son's dog had puppies and guess who got to puppy sit for them?! Me! :)

Corn Fields
Driving by these corn fields made me feel like I was driving by a painting! The weather that day was cloudy and sunny all at the same time and in a way I had never seen before.

I was able to stop in to see my sister's classroom at the high school in town. Jolynne is the Agriculture teacher there. She also manages the school greenhouse as a learning center and a source of fund raising for the school students. 

High School Greenhouse Project
The Future Farmer of America
Jolynne is also the advisor for the Future Farmers of America Chapter where her boys are very much involved in the local FFA events. This was one piece of Chapter history on display in her classroom. 

I love the first line of this beautiful description of a farmer: 

"The Future Farmer of America As I know Him...
He believes first of all that he lives in the greatest country in the world and he willingly accepts his share of responsibility for keeping it great." 

My family is the epitome of this creed! I am so proud of all of them! 
Old Barns and Farm Land
On another foggy morning I left the house early to visit a friend. During the drive, the fog was overly careful to hide the beautiful countryside, but I caught little glimpses of it here and there.

Foggy Sunrise
Antigo Public Library and Historic Deleglise Cabin
Once I got into town, the fog was lifting just a bit and I was struck by this sight. These buildings are true landmarks in our small Wisconsin town, the Deleglise Cabin is the first home constructed in Antigo. Charming!

That particular foggy morning was the beginning of a special, yet somewhat difficult day. 

The friend I went to visit has been in my life since I was a young girl. The impact of her life on mine is an overwhelming blessing. I felt so fortunate to have a window of time to visit her in her quiet little room, it was so different from the busy house she once lived in. She remembered me and while she didn't know it, I spent most of the time we were together with tears of thankfulness flowing down. 

At the end of our visit, she blew me a kiss and told me she thought she would have me for the rest of her life. She may not realize it, but she really does. 

I don't have photos of everyone that I was able to spend time with while visiting, but every single minute was precious and treasured. Most of all, I came away humbled by the amazing young men I call my sons.

They live their lives with intent and purpose, to be the good and make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. God bless them!

I couldn't think of anything to be more thankful for!