Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Simple Living

I can honestly say that these are some of the best times of our lives! When people ask how things are going, how are the kids I have nothing but good to say. I sometimes worry that life is too good and fear that something will happen and taint this awesome life we've been living. Even before we bought this place I didn't have many complaints about our daily lives but here on the farm it just seems so much better, our lives are so fulfilled. The connection with mother nature is on such a larger scale in so many ways.
In my twenties and my earlier days there was so much I took for granted, so much I thought I knew but really hadn't a clue. I am glad that I have finally come to realize what is important in life...the simple things. "It is the things in life that are free that matter most", John always use to say to me. For so long I was striving to make more money and have more material possessions until some time of soul searching passed and I had that ... uh huh moment. Looking back I realized John had been telling me these things all along but I just wasn't listening close enough. I had my own agenda, striving for big things and he was along for the ride although he thought some of my aspirations were a bit on the wild side. My friend Mary spoke once of John and referred to him as "an old soul". To this day I have always thought that statement was right on. Since we were young John has always known what kind of life he wanted to live, simple. He never cared what others thought, he lead his own path in life. He is an amazing hubby and daddy, we are fortunate to have him in our lives!

When I was mowing I came across this by the duck pond. One lonely wild asparagus spear.
I had heard of wild asparagus but never seen it until yesterday. My neighbor gave us some fresh asparagus last week and when I came home from work one night John said, "Kim, I have a confession to make." I could not even imagine what he was going to say and he says, "I ate all the asparagus Gary & Dawn gave us." I was quite entertained by his "confession". That's ok John cause Gary snuck me some the other day and it was really tasty. In 3 years we'll be picking our own, I cannot wait!

I had thought I had scared him off from going knee deep in the pond. Last week I thought he had swimmer's itch. Turns out I was wrong because the next morning he was fine, I think it was the cleaning soap John used before he took a bath..oops, misdiagnosed by mother....no worse then the time I accidentally cut both sides of the stitch that was in his upper lip leaving it there permanently...good nurse...at least it was my own kid.

Check out the size of him (or her?)

Anyone know what this flower may be?

Last note, me and some friends have started a group blog titled Fit4Life with a focus of exercise & healthy eating. Anyone interested in being a participant let me know and send me your e-mail address and I will give you more detail.

Check us out: http://fit4life08.blogspot.com/


Anonymous said...

Morning Kim,

Kay would have so much fun searching for frogs with your kids! She used to do that all the time back home at my dad's house.

I almost did a post the other day on being an old soul. Wierd! Kelly and I are always told we are that way also. I prefer it over the other choices honestly:) Great Post Kim:)


More than Survival said...

GREAT frog pics!!!!
"tour tuesday" can be anything you want... just take us on a tour in some part of your world (you home, yard, project, etc)!! Looking forward to your post!
Have a great day!

Amy said...

Your pink flower looks like a Columbine hybrid, whose name eludes me at the moment. What great frogs! We have bullfrogs in our pond and they serenade us all day long unless it's chilly. Growing up in the country is the best place for kids.

I planted 25 asparagus plants by our pond this spring, with help from the boys, and so we're doing the waiting game as well. It's hard to wait for fresh asparagus! I love it and it'll go very nicely in an omelette made with fresh eggs from our own chickens, won't it?

Stiggy said...

What a great blog!

I happened on it today as I was doing my 'rounds'.

Love the frog.. reminds me of going frog spawn hunting with my dad - although ours never got to that size!!

You have great surrounds... how much land do you have there?

Cya soon,


goatgirl said...

Yes it is a columbine...the flower that is.

Constitutional Conservative said...


Great blog. I am enthused but a bit fearful on starting my own family's journey. You left a comment at my blog at http://thenewamericanfrontier.blogspot.com.

I'll be linking over to your blog. I am going to have my wife visit your site as well. You are so lucky to start with a house! We are working on building our off-grid cabin this summer. We currently have about 5 neighbors slammed next to us in a neighborhood. Can't wait to get outta here!

Chanda said...

That frog is so beautiful. I'm probably the only nut on earth that would think that. I just love frogs. I always have. I'm scared of spiders and snakes, but have never feared the little fgrog. Even as a little girl, I drove my mom crazy, I was such a Tomboy. I use to have frogs on my play;list on my blog. Everyone always loved them. I really like to hear them to. Nothing like spring time when you start hearing the first frogs. Such a comforting sound. I enjoyed your blog today. Thank you