Hard work. Big Rewards. Bigger blessings. Life on a South Dakota ranch.
My week has been a little crazy. Tis the season. The bitter cold has kept the Wild Child cooped up in the house, hence it has kept me cooped up in the house for the better part of the time, too. We have decorated and made Christmas cookies. She has spilled a whole bowl of sugar and sprinkles on the carpet. We have made buckets of Party Mix. She has spilled a whole bag of pretzels sticks. We have wrapped presents. She has cut my new table runner while cutting wrapping paper. All in all, it has been a glorious time!
I have also spent MANY days at craft/trade shows and am heading to my last one for the season this morning. I’m a homebody. A HUGE homebody. Not that I don’t enjoy people, visiting, hanging out, but I have to absolutely force myself to go to town. I like being home. I like doing what I do. But this year I ventured out with my “Just A Ranch Wife”, “Ranch Kid” and “Ranch Raised” products, along with my other little side-line business venture (Thirty-One Gifts) and went to a few craft / trade shows.
I love it that so many people in small communities like to support other local people. I love it when we can find the perfect bag to give someone for a gift. I love it when I see a little kid sporting around a “Just A Ranch Kid” cap and wearing a “Ranch Kid” t-shirt. These things all make me smile. But what I really love is the spirit of the season, the loving and giving nature, the smiles, the laughs, the kindness, the memories…
I hope you and yours are making wonderful memories this holiday season. Those memories are what helps people get through their first Thanksgiving without a loved one, or face their first Christmas without a loved one. Make lots of memories and keep those memories alive! They are so important.
I have seen many requests in the past couple of weeks for prayers for people just diagnosed with cancer or other debilitating diseases. While you are making lots of new memories and counting your blessings, please throw in an extra prayer for anyone who might be needing it. And if you are someone facing some extra weight on your shoulders from the world bearing down on you, please know that someone, somewhere, is offering up a prayer in your behalf.