"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's not work if you love it?

Hmmm, I guess I'm just getting O L D  because I do 
LOVE WHAT I DO  but...
It's become HARD WORK to my geezin' body n brain!

Mmk, maybe not when I'm lookin' at these fabulous faces..

but I about come undone when it comes to this at days end.

I've been spending lotsa time here

 teaching in the ring n working in the barn. 
lotsa. time! (whimper)

But as our summer wrapped up we also were blessed to entertain a few city families... One fun family from Beijing CHINA came to see our small American farm!
Now Sarah has a cool "pen pal!"
Even after they saw our crazy monkey climb!  ;-)

And we enjoyed more special family reunions. 

We also had a blast on a hunt club trail ride at my very favoritest historic farm that's right round the corner. It dates from the late 1700's and is magnificent!

I don't want to scare them and have them think I'm a stalker, but
I often swing down their gravel lane with my coffee after dropping kids off at school just to dream n sigh with pleasure at the structures and boxwood hedges.
Ooooooh.... Aaaaaah!

 I could die for this old carriage step 
and formal allee w/view to their pond!

Besides the (?!) paying work...
We set up a few sheds - including one that came on THE COOLEST TRAILER
and then The Farmer trenched in electric!

 We took down the pool

and started school!
 Jack's doing 1 more yr at our awesome preschool due to his late Bday
 We ALL love the am routine of playing ball with him! 
Treasured memories!!!

 Sarah started 2nd grade!  
OMG where's my Kindergartner gone SO FAST?!
At least she still loves Hello Kitty.

Now it's even harder for me to find a minute to catch up with my bloggie buds between late lessons and early dinners, homework, bedtime stories n out again for last chores n waiting critters... 

Miss ya ALL!!!!
I've had enough w o r k.  I'm ready to r e l a x and 
eager to make my rounds n catch up with you soon!
It's the best part of shorter/darker days!
I pray you are all well and not too frantic with your own work!


Lady Farmer said...

What a grand place you have ~ your barn is amazing! We have a nice large barn, but alas have no more animals to put in it! Sure hope to get some more cattle, perhaps try some goats and sheep. We used to have Tennessee Walkers, but they've been gone several years now. I injured my back, so I don't think I could ride anymore, but if we were to get horses again, I would love to learn to drive them.
I did plant some things next to our chicken house, but that post is on my Garden Blog (I have way too many!) You can find the post here ~
Thanks for droppin' by today. I enjoyed our visit!

brooke said...

You are SOSOSO busy right now. But your pictures made me crave sitting in the tack on a warm sweet smelling horse and going for a good hard lesson followed by a long walk. I have never been a rider and a mom at the same time. They must get in the way of each other lots. That farm around the corner in amazing. LOVE IT. AND the kids are getting so big!!! They are just too cute.

Buttons said...

Wow what a busy great life you have. Your children are adorable, those smiling faces are pure joy. I know all about hard work and appreciating being home.
Darn those dishes always get in the way of my good days too. Take care I love the carriage step too. Awesome photos. B

Lori Skoog said...

Leslie...I just went through every section of your blog. What a beautiful facility you have. You're not kidding...you've got to love it.

mountain mama said...

what a great update! beautiful kids you have :)

i know critters are lots of hard work but we REALLY miss ours :(

love that the family from china got to visit, you all made some new friends! :)


Steph said...

Looks like yall had lots of fun this summer! How in the world did a family from China find yalls farm? lol.

Vintage Country Girl said...

I'm with ya about the old houses. Just makes you wonder what lives were like then. Life happens TOO fast!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I just lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve this post...it is just a message of dreams coming true, of God's faithfulness...that you can never out dream God!
What precious times, what precious photos...I am just shouting in my spirit...Go God...look how awesome you are!

His timing is so right...enjoy my friend...soak every minute in, as you live out the dream He has set before you...what treasures!

Thanks for stopping by my rambling blog...I always, always love your visits...you are a doll

Mary Ann said...

Leslie, I just found your blog through the link at Verde Farm... your pictures are wonderful, and kids and ponies (and adults!) so very well-turned out. You all look so happy, and it's a pleasure to read about your place.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Do you know how lucky you are to have a job that you love? :) Love the updates and the pics. Hope you can slow down and relax a bit soon. Wait a minute! Relax?! What is that anyway?? -Tammy

Nezzy said...

I know of where ya speak of sweetie. Runnin' a full time farm in the summertime and bloggin' just doesn't go hand in hand.

I adored your summer tour photographs. Your life is full.

God bless and have a terrific Thursday sweetie!!!

Nezzy said...

'Just checkin' in...have a blessed day!!! :o)