Be Still

When I consider this adventure called life, I quickly come to the realization that it will be the longest, most beautiful and most challenging journey I will ever embark upon.  There will be open meadows, filled with wildflowers, laughter and love.  It is during those moments that I will dance in the sunlight and give thanks for life’s blessings.

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There will also be rough terrain, showered with tears that, at times, appear impassable. Yet, these moments will teach me so many valuable lessons and allow my soul to grow and flourish.

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Regardless of life’s trail, know you are never alone!  You might not know your direction, but you  can always choose who you have beside you.  Surround yourself with individuals that you can GROW with, for these beautiful souls will feed you and make you feel alive.

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Today, Be Still.  Reach out to those special souls that walk beside you at times, holding your hand and at other moments carry you, when you are unable to stand alone.  Take a moment to thank them for being such a beautiful part of your journey.  Celebrate this exploration of love and friendship, for it is a beautiful and unique gift.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You

Roda

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If You Build It, They Will Come – Part III

Summer was in full swing and I could hardly contain my excitement!   It was time for Velvet and Magic to arrive to their new home.  Due to medical reasons, a beautiful friend was no longer able to care for these two beauties.   She trusted us with their care, knowing we would provide the best home possible and love them unconditionally.

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Meet Magic (blue) and Velvet (green)
The girls quickly settled in and changed my life in ways I never thought imaginable.  Wifey connected with Magic, who was a sweet and skittish baby that had always been a bit spoiled.  I, on the other hand, was drawn to Velvet, the serious and quiet alpha.  I was determined to find my way to Velvet’s heart, help her to relax and take life a little less seriously.  I never realized that she would teach me so much more than I would ever teach her…

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Life was settling in on the farm nicely.  They baby animals were growing quickly, filling our days with joy and laughter.

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Bar-Bar, Pumps and Leo! (Funny how everyone ends up with a nickname on the farm!)

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As you can see, Diny and Oatmeal (aka Thing 1 and Thing 2) continued to cause mischief!

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Big White was no longer a little, yellow ball of fluff!
The farm was running like a well oiled machine!  What would this mean to two crazy ladies…a PUPPY!   Meet Ophe, our Newfoundland!

 

Fall was approaching fast and we still had much to accomplish before the snow would fly.

 

Magic and Velvet continued to teach us amazing things.  We learned that if we listened, they would tell us what they needed.  Velvet grew to love me…and only me! (This made me so very happy!)  She puts on a strong front, but is the most gentle, kind and loving creature.  She even has a little humor, tucked deep down, in the depths of her soul. She has been one of the most powerful teachers I have ever had…

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As you can see, Velvet’s sense of humor comes out whenever the camera is near!
As the holidays were approaching, we were determined to hang a large wreath on the side of the barn.  After many failed attempts with ladders, due to the weight of the live wreath, we decided we must resort to serious measures.  That wreath was going to be hung, no matter what it took!  $300 later and a rented cherry picker did the trick!  Needless to say, the following year we purchased an 8′ artificial wreath that is still hanging on the barn today!  Thank goodness for LED lights!

 

The holiday card of 2014 was extra special!!

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Snow arrived early that season.  We were ready and prepared for our first Michigan Winter, on the farm.  We had big plans for 2015!  More animals, a green house, a garden cottage and a hay barn  were on the top of our adventure list!

 

2014 was a year filled with blessings!  If you build it, they will come…

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Check back next week for Part IV and see what exciting farm adventures kicked off 2015!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Be Still…

Over the past few months, I feel my Soul Family has grown. When I contemplate the true meaning of the phrase “Soul Family“, those individuals, not connected by blood, that have embraced me purely through their love and energy, come to mind. These beautiful souls deliver unconditional support during the most perfect moments in life. I truly believe I have connected with these precious individuals because we are on the same path…the same journey. We ride the same soul train, focusing our energies on a similar mission and purpose in life.img_9955

I am so thankful for my Soul Family and feel their blessings daily. It doesn’t matter how often we communicate, for we have a connection that lives beyond the spoken word. We are One.

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Together, We Are One

Today…Be Still. Connect with your Soul Family emotionally, spiritually or physically. Trust your intuition when you feel the pull to reach out with a helping hand or uplifting words. Love these individuals unconditionally, for the universe conspired your connection for a very special reason.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

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Furry & Feathered Friends

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I spend most of my days interacting with more animals than humans.  For me, I can’t imagine life any other way.  Animals are my therapy.  They bring peace to my soul and fill my heart with joy.    When I left my career in education, I was asked, numerous times, the following question… “Won’t you be lonely?”   I am NEVER lonely.  Animals listen.  Animals communicate.  Animals feel.  These photographs capture the unique and special friendships we have with many of our critters, at Indigo Acres… Continue reading “Furry & Feathered Friends”