This post is brought to you upon inspiration from my new old ugly horse trailer. Yes, I’m serious.
My husband came home with my new trailer about a week ago. He has always known I’d like to have a three Horse with a small tack area, and a nose cone I could put an air mattress in and sleep. And here it is! I have to laugh because he kept telling me how old and ugly it was before he brought it home. He said he wanted to prepare me for what I was actually getting and not some built up image in my mind.
Which brings me to my point. The value of something is individual to ones perception. For example my husband thought I may be a little disappointed with my new trailer. When in fact, I am so completely happy. It is exactly what I hoped for. Sure it needs a door latch instead of the bungee cord that is in place now, and the back doors need put back on, and two boards need replaced. BUT I HAVE A HORSE TRAILER I ALWAYS WANTED!!!!!
I had a friend once tell me that I’m “always just so dang thankful!” And I’m happy that I have this outlook, because as Cliche as it may seem, I am thankful….for everything in my life. So don’t let someone make you feel bad for seeing the value of something in your own life that may not shine to others.
A mutt dog isn’t worth less than a pedigree pooch.
A state university education isn’t any more valuable than a hard knocks university education.
A suit and tie doesn’t mean more power than jeans and boots.
And an old paint peeled three Horse with a bungee cord door latch isn’t any worse than a brand new aluminum.
You yourself can only determine the value of something …..
Greta Belinda, our recently rescued Hampshire sow is settling In nicely. She is out of quarantine, and enjoying her own pen.
I took the above picture of her moments after she was allowed in her new enclosure. I can’t help but feel like she is smiling. She would stick her nose high in the air, smelling and then chugging a bit. She even has my husband giving her scratches when it’s feed time.
Our rescue pig, Greta Belinda, has become part of my morning routine. She is still in isolation due to having lice. We definitely don’t want to spread to the rest of the pigs. She saw the Vet Thursday and he gave her her vaccinations and dewormed her, as well as gave her a heavier duty lice treatment. He says she is as we suspected, about 150# under weight. So with better nutrition she should not only gain the weight, but her skin should clear up as well.
Every morning I take her two oranges when I wake her up. She sleeps so hard it amazes me! I usually have to poke her snout and say her name a few times until I see her soulful eyes open.
So we still have a rescue pig, named Greta Belinda 🐖😍😘🐷
My husband woke the girls and I up Sunday morning, excited for us to meet Greta Belinda…….Who is Greta Belinda, you say? Well, that’s what I said. This is Greta Belinda……
Yup all 455 pounds of sow. 😑😩 *insert my loud obnoxious, annoyed sigh here* As my husbands eyes sparkled and he said, “She needs to gain a bit of weight and be cleaned up then won’t she be a beauty?!”
I couldn’t speak for fear of ruining the moment, because I would have. All I could see was a money pit….errrr….pig. She has lice, worms, and is 150# underweight. No good deed goes unpunished right?! RIGHT!
But the girls and hubby are so excited about her potential. I mean look at these smiles.
So we have a sow named Greta Belinda.
So it’s now 2018. In years past I would have already been a few days into my New Years Resolution….Usually having to do with losing weight or organizing my life better. And let’s be real for a moment, I have failed at them year and year again. SO, knowing i will never achieve those, I have come upon something that I can stick with!
I have chosen a word to inspire me in 2018! A single word can be so powerful. This year I have chosen “Truth”. This word just speaks to me. It reminds me to be truthful with others , but also with myself on a variety of fronts such as parenting, and financial ability. Being truthful doesn’t just mean telling your best friend her dress is absolutely hideous when she is asking your opinion; it means really considering things for what they are.
So this is me in the New Year, ditching the Resolution and living a single word.
What’s your 2018 word?!
My Aunt died Tuesday. She was 53 years young and so full of life….until she wasn’t. Through all this I know God has perfect timing. I’m trusting his hand in this and just holding strong for those around me that are shredded by grief and pain and loss.
I put on a smile and hug those that need it most. I retell stories from happy times gone by. Like when my Aunt bought me and my brother and my cousin super soakers (waterguns) for Christmas one year and we played outside in the snow and cold for hours with her climbing trees and ducking around corners to surprise each other with a face full of water. Her smile was radiant. She took me to minister and feed the homeless on numerous occasions. No neighborhood too scary or tough for the 115 lb God fearing ball of love that was my Aunt. She was armed with bibles and Gods light, because that’s all she needed in this life. And numerous other stories I’ll clutch in my heart and retell again and again.
This morning is the eve of goodbye and my heart is breaking for those around me. I’m having a stiff drink and scheduling time with my bible.
Please pray. Pray for peace and comfort and wisdom in this journey.