Mornings on the farm in particular are my favorite, especially in Spring and Summer (but Fall & Winter are really quite charming as well!) The days are fresh, the sun streams thru the trees, there are eggs to collect and small chores to do..its just..*sigh*...awesome. I often daydream about adding more life to the farm..children, different animals..you name it. I want this place to hum with life and laughter..it only makes it that much better. Knowing I can go out every morning and here the crow of my roosters or the chirps of my baby chicks just makes me smile. Even my father in law, someone who often bugs me about having chickens, says he loves listening to the hens and roosters..it made this place feel more like a farm than ever before.
Every morning, coffee in hand, I walk down to my coop to let my chickens out for the day and do my usual check around the perimeter to make sure everyone is safe & sound and that they had no visitors during the night..
Of course I top their feed off almost every morning..and even that is something I thoroughly enjoy doing. I know that sounds ridiculous but trust me, when you raise these little ones since they were a day old and you see them recognize you and come running to you for food and pets..it melts your heart a little every time..
and then, once the chicks and chickens have been fed & "watered", its time for a walk with my boys. Easily another favorite part of my mornings. The boys get excited every time and I love seeing my Jakey run in the fields with abandon..he has never had this much freedom and space and he just loves it..
On our walks we get to enjoy dirt roads and plenty of space..and even a tour around our yard leaves us with so much to take in..
and if thats not enough, we get to come across little signs of Spring like this, all over the place!
After my morning walks with the boys, I head back to the coop to check on my ladies to see if they've finished laying their eggs for the day. Some days they lay til 3 pm while other days their daily laying is done by 10 am! Its always such a treat for me to go in and collect these. I feel so blessed to have chickens for entertainment and for the delicious food they provide our family. Knowing where your food comes from is becoming more and more important to me, especially after last Fall when I was harvesting from my garden and collecting eggs for the first time..such a great feeling!
The rest of my days are filled with errands, cooking, paying bills, cleaning and helping out on the farm whenever another pair of hands is needed. My life on the farm is by no means perfect but I lay my head on my pillow every night feeling grateful and thankful for the life I've been given. Farm life is full of hard work, family, good times and hard times..and its truly fantastic!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are. I'm busy making a batch of strawberry jam this afternoon and then its off to make homemade tomato sauce and some rolls of crusty bread..looks like a weekend of cooking and baking is ahead of me while Adam prepares for seeding out in the shop! Life is coming back to the farm after a long, cold Winter, and I couldn't be more excited!!