the ingall's family weren't kidding about the 'long hard winter' ! it's been a particularly rough one for us aussies - not having grown up in a climate anything like this ! the locals are all complaining...we are just kinda dazed and confused (frozen?) - winter is winter here, despite my mini escapes to warmer places (bali and az), i've found it a challenge to stay um, positive ! amidst a whole lot of sickness spells in our family along with animal loss.
sadly, with all the love and joy that comes from owning animals we have witnessed some intense loss. this winter our dear mama goat died of cancer. it was difficult to take, especially after nursing her back to health in the house (yes, a goat living in my house for 10 days), worrying, rejoicing over her recovery and then a few months later she suddenly became ill again and passed away. only a month later some neighbourhood dogs ran into our field and killed all of our chickens and our poor sweet blind goat, right in front of my children. it was devastating.
we have spent a lot of time huddling by the fire feeling the heartache. and sure enough with time passing we don't feel quite so heavy. the weather has finally warmed up a wee bit and spending time outside breathing in the spring air and hearing the sweet birds is definitely healing. little shoots are starting to pop up. and there are conversations about planting things and getting a rescue pup and then there was the trip to the feed store that resulted in us walking out with 4 adorable little chicks. they are chirping away beside me as i type.
i am grateful for new life. and for the promise of sunshine...and barefeet. s p r i n g...