The joys of my life and minor intro into me

This is the first post of this new blog. I have never had a personal blog and fought hard avoiding running a business blog for most of a year before I caved and told my Entwined Vines partner that I would take on 1 of our 2 blogs. I avidly avoid writing as I am a horrid at spelling and grammar must have just skipped right past me even though I recal my instructors trying desperately to in grain it into my hard skull. So if I avoid writing so much, why am I writing this? I stumbled across WordPress through a different blog (gluten free girl and the chef ) and just felt the pull to play in this amazingly simple medium. I am like that though. I will be doing something and WOW I see this amazing thing that I want to try. I believe life is about living, and doing, and trying, and the simple joy of being alive is so remarkable that I have a hard time finding reasons not to just take the plunge and try something new; a new flavor, a new program, a new workout regime, a new craft. I have a full yet to me simple life that I love and find joy in pretty much every day.

I have:

    a husband that I have known and loved since the mid 1980’s

    4 incredible daughters that make me wonder why so many people cringe about the teenage years

   an in-home-childcare that reminds me how new and amazing everything really is and how to keep exploring life with gusto

   an ex-husband that I treasure and get along with that brought a whole nother family into my life

   10 crazy and whimsical chickens that try their hardest to keep my house supplied with the best darned eggs

   an extended family that helps push meal times to a minimum of 12 people 5 times a day

   a love of gardening, cooking, crafting, exploring, hiking, oh heck really I love so much this list would go on for longer than any sane person would want to read

  I also have my health which may be choppy and mixed up but it is mine and I value it.

I felt the need to share this joy with anyone that wants to read it, share it, comment on it because really life is ment to be shared.

 Take for instance, today my chickens for the first time all gave an egg. This is amazing! It is the tail end of winter here in the maritime north-west with short days, a wonderful smattering of drizzling rain to moisten the thawing soils and the temperatures are still in the 40’s (I know much of the USA is recovering from storms, snow, ice and the like) yet all ten of my girls gifted my family with an egg. This is abundance and is a treasured gift that had my husband and daughters all singing their praises. I tried to resist sharing a picture of them but failed dismally and that is alright because they are wonderful and gorgeous in their simple yard.  I have 6 red sex links, 2 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 Black Austrolorps (1 is more silver but she is sweet). This year we are planning to make them a much nicer house and yard but the seem happy and again life is all about the joy.

Another aspect that makes this day so full of warmth and joy is my ex-husband. Why is this? I am so over whelming grateful that he is alright. He was driving back Oregon from Montana when he hit black ice and glided into the cement meridian at 55 mph. He already has a blown back from his time in the military and barely can walk because of his back. It took the ambulance over an hour to make the drive from the accident to the hospital. His wife was terrified and well so was I. She had received a cryptic call from my ex’s mother saying he was in an accident but we had no clue what State he was in at the time; Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon. They could not find his cell phone at first and the person who had call the mother did not have any information either. We spent almost 2 hours calling trying to find out what was going on. When we did find him it was a nice wait to see how he came through. We are grateful and filled with joy that he is hard to harm and he ended up with nothing more than bruises, stiff body, another thing to attack his PTSD and a totaled jeep. All in all he is no worse for wear and that fills myself, my household, his household and a plethora of others with pure joy that brings tears to the eyes.

It is getting late and I am going to spend the remainder of this day with those I love with joy in the heart.

Living each day with Joy