Chasing a Thanksgiving Life

Life is too short for an ungrateful heart.  As the years go by, though I am considered young I realize more and more just how much I have to be thankful for.  I realize the privileges I have had, though I didn’t always see them that way.  I realize how much I cherish my childhood, my husband, my family, my friends including animal friends!!  It brings tears to my eyes when I think about how much love others have shown me throughout my life, though it may have taken me days, months or years to realize.  We have no choice but to take life as it comes and do our best, keeping an open heart and mind.  Letting go of the way things were and embracing the way they are while enjoying all the stages in between.  Some days it seems a difficult task and others it is easy.  I pray that you, your family and your friends will enjoy one another to the fullest this holiday season.  Let people know how much they have meant to you and mean to you now.  Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog this Thanksgiving Day, God Bless you and yours.  Here’s to chasing a thankful life.  Don’t forget to thank a farmer if you ate a tasty meal today, or are about to!!


No Matter How Big or Small

I once told my old neighbor how lucky I was to work with my family on our farm for a time and he stopped me cold in my words!!  He said, “Ana, there is no such thing as luck! You are blessed!”  At first I thought, well that is what I mean anyways.  But then I got to thinking.  There is nothing in my life that comes from luck.  I believe it is all directed by God himself.  I believe He gives us each a freewill, but knows exactly what we need, when we need it.  Often times it’s hard to for me to think of God as great as He is because in His world we confine everything to human terms since that’s what we’ve seen.  He is much greater than what I think, and I know without a doubt He has sent blessings into my life.  Anything no matter how big or small is a blessing from Him.  Whether it’s the heartbeat in my chest, or the socks on my feet.  When I take a walk outside (today being my day off) and view things without a mind full of tasks I see even more detail.  I see those little things I often take for granted about creation, about my family’s farm, about the life God blessed me with.  No matter who you are – He has blessed you, even if it is in the smallest measure. 

Giving Thanks

The holiday season is well upon us and it seems that once Thanksgiving Day is close, Christmas is already being celebrated!  However I believe we should not overlook Thanksgiving as a person, community, state, nation or world!  As a country we have way to much to be thankful for that Thanksgiving day should be spread from the first of November to the first of December…our waistlines couldn’t handle that haha! Yet, I don’t feel that would do justice to all the blessings given to us here in the United States of America.  As I think about what I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving, it starts with my faith.  I am thankful that God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for my sins and the whole world’s.  Then I think of my family, I often take for granted the family God has given me.  My parents raised me in the agriculture industry, taught me to love the Lord, love others and to work hard and so much more! My whole family has always been here for me and supports me in what I do.  My friends, from childhood till now have been great influences on my life.  I am so thankful for the many opportunities and experiences I have had, they are too many to think of but they have all touched my life and turned me into the girl I am today.  I must admit that the gratitude I hold for the agriculture industry never ceases, even outside of the holiday season.  Whether I am driving through the countryside during harvest, watching combines roll through a corn field, or helping my family on the farm, I know the agriculture industry is irreplaceable.  I am so thankful that I was born into it, and can say that it is my future.  As much as I would like them to, no video, speech, article or quote will ever be able to capture the American farmer’s dedication to feeding people all around the world while taking care of their land and animals for future generations.  As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal I hope you think of all the farmers that made it possible.  Lastly, I think of all the pieces of the world that make it go around, and I admit that though I cannot even name them all – I know I am thankful for them.  Without them this side of heaven wouldn’t be near as much fun!  What are you thankful for?