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Friday, July 6, 2012

Finding the Gift

Each day is a gift in and of itself. Each day is actually a in: the day is a gift, and the day brings you a gift. The key is finding the gift some days. Today we received some bad news about the farm transition and expansion. I won't go into details, but there were so many gifts buried beneath the superficial struggles throughout the day.

The struggle: The cows were too hot and not milking much
The gift: Mark got to spend time with his Dad putting together the sprinkler system

The struggle: Financing problems we had not planned for
The gift: a team of professionals on the county/state/and bank level who pulled together to help us understand what we can do moving forward to make this less problematic.

The struggle: Finding time for engagement pictures
The gift: We scheduled them...and it means we have an afternoon together (may not be the location or time of day we originally planned, but it will be perfect since we are together)

The struggle: No help for milking on the farm
The gift: We posted something on Facebook and have several interested people

None of the gifts we received today cost any money. They were all about people. People treating us with patience and respect, people going out of their way to help us, and people listening to and encouraging us.

Our gift is you - our friends, our family, those whose lives are intertwined with our own. Thank you for sharing your selves with us.

May your paths be abundantly filled with lemons, sugar, sunshine, and support!

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