Thankful for…

…fires in the woodstove in the wee hours of the morning, before the golden rays of sunshine warm our day.
…moon shadows stretched out long before us on our way back from our morning milking.
…little calves anxious to see us – but not so anxious to leave their warm beds.
…children skipping about in warm, new-to-us clothes.
…flannel sheets on the bed.
…the warm glow of lamplight in the early evenings.
…finished projects piling up, all done in little snatches of “spare time” here and there.
…quieter days on the horizon as other commitments expire.

Maybe it’s the expectation of this new baby, or maybe it’s just the turning of the year, but I feel a need to draw inward, to just focus on the children, on our home, on baking and dusting and giving away of things we don’t need. I just want to be quiet and still, to pull away from the rest of the world and its busy-ness, to find my center again.

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  1. I often feel the desire to pull away from the world’s busyness. That’s part of the reason I stepped away from FB indefinitely… it was like a never-ending conversation with everyone and it got tiresome. I miss some of the interactions… but I’m not sure if I want to go back.

    1. Facebook can definitely be too much. We quit some years ago, and I’ve been tempted more than once because for so many people, FB has become their primary form of communication. But… Should FB be our PRIMARY way of interacting with one another? I’m probably going to open up a farm specific account in the very near future, but I’d much rather deal with people in person. Who wouldn’t?

    2. KristyB says:

      I’ve been off it for about 2 months and I think about getting back on often. I’ve gotten frustration from some family and friends that I’m not on there and that it’s more inconvenient for them to keep in touch with me. Life happened before FB though :). I’ve thought about removing most of my contacts and keeping it to close family and actual life long friendships only. I’ve tried to reach out and keep in touch in other ways, but I feel out of the loop a lot of times. I actually logged on for about 15 minutes yesterday just to see and felt overwhelmed very quickly and deactivated again. It seems so petty, but I guess it really has become a huge part of a lot of lives and the made venue for communication…

  2. I stepped away from FB about a year and a half ago (started using it for work when it was just for college students; I work in higher ed) and it was the best decision I have made regarding my “screen time.” For most of my friends it IS the primary mode of communication and that is bothersome to me (and my friends that live 2 miles from me). And I’m with Jenny– I must prefer dealing with people in person so I can see their faces!! And I agree with Kristy– trying to keep up with all the conversations (however superficial they were sometimes) was exhausting. I still have out of state friends that tell me they miss me on Facebook because they are just so busy that it is easier to keep track of folks online. Really? Because that sounds like you want to be able to fulfill your friendship role by logging on and seeing if I posted a status update, but you honestly don’t really care how I am doing. I am glad at least two other people in the world feel the same way I do! 🙂

    And Jenny I really like your thankfulness list. Fall is a busy time of year in my professional world (and in some of the other volunteer activities world), so I am finding myself thankful for the little bit of quiet I can carve out here and there. And I haven’t moved to flannel sheets (yet), but I have pulled out the fleece nightgowns!

    1. (Sorry to hijack your post with all this FB stuff Jennie!)

      Some of your points further resonated with me. My husband is on FB for the semester and he’ll likely deactivate after final exams b/c he only logs on to keep a group going for his classes at the university he teaches at. Someone also mentioned the novelty of finding out news and happenings on one’s own, not by seeing it repeated on your news feed by all different contacts.

      It’s always nice to read common perspectives on the topic :).

      Thanks for letting us see bits and pieces of your life Jennie. We keep a Flickr page and that allows us to share the goings-on of our brood with far away family and friends.

      I’ve come to appreciate fall and look forward to the time change and the coziness of being here together.

    2. Great points, Susie. I’ll call my mom and she’ll say, “Did you see your sister’s FB updates?” No, no I didn’t. I just think if my family wants me to know something, they can take the trouble to call or even just compose an email. I admit it’s hard to find time to maintain that personal contact. I don’t call my sisters nearly as often as I think of them, and I’d like to change that, but I definitely don’t think FB is going to make a positive difference!

      No worries about hijacking, Kristy! I kind of think of this place as an extension of my living room, where we can just sit and share about whatever is important to us. FB is more like a how-ya-doin’ in the grocery store. 🙂

  3. I started to comment on this post days ago, and someone pulled me away…maybe it’s the onset of winter, but I want to draw inward as well, even circle the wagons. I wish my older boys weren’t away — have to figure out how to pull them in the circle.

    Love ya.

    1. I love you, too, Barbara.

  4. I’m came here, to your delightful blog, by way of Barbara. I completely “get” this post and furthermore I had just written a mini rant on this very facebook topic that is running in your comments here. You ladies are certainly not alone and as a matter of fact, for me, it is a great comfort for me to know that *I* am not alone. 😉

    Thank you, Jennie, for letting me visit. I’ll be adding you to my feedly reader.
    God bless,

    1. Aw, thanks, Kelly! I’m glad to meet you. 🙂

    2. It surely is nice to know we are not alone in these thoughts. Makes it easier to “stay strong” – ha ;).

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