Monday, May 31, 2010
The really nice things she does for me
My mom enjoying an Oregon downpour
It has been an indoor weekend at my house. Not only is this the 4th wettest May on record in my part of NW Oregon, my husband and I came down with nasty colds after our recent flight home from Ireland and we're not moving very much.
As I sit here on my bed, wishing for my headache to go away, I find myself thinking about my animals, my garden, and how lucky I am to have the mom that I do.
Now this may seem like an illogical statement or a non sequitur to you, but to me it makes perfect sense. You see, even though I am a really big girl now, my mom still takes care of me. Taking care of me these days, also means sometimes taking care of my animals.
If you have animals, you know how hard it can be to get away from home for more than a day. If you have a farm, it's that difficult times a thousand.
My mom, though, has never failed to offer her unlimited support and help. She loves our life here on Critter Farm and enjoys being out here, I think, almost as much as we do. Even so, when she had to have emergency shoulder surgery six days before Jim's and my departure for Ireland, I knew this would prevent her from doing her normal farm visits.
I couldn't have been more wrong, though. Despite her own healing, she visited our farm every few days while we were gone to see that all was in order. She regularly checked in with our farm sitter to make sure all animals were well cared for. She even made sure that all the eggs were tallied for me:
(My mom totally *gets* my obsession for maintaining my daily egg count chart, how lucky can I be?!)
Knowing I would be worried about my animals, she sent me regular updates (with pictures of my babies) while I was gone:
This one had the caption "Hurry, we are waiting for you!":
It was out of the question that Roxy, our farm pup, would go anywhere but to her house. Roxy *loves* it there. From Roxy I received a "Hi Mom!" attached to this photo:
Pete and Reggie sent me their greetings, too:
Dolly, ever the curious, had to come in for a closer look at my mom:
My step dad adores Roxy, too, and took her for a walk with their pup, Wolfi, every single day:
When we got back home, I found she was able to keep all my seedlings alive that I had had to leave unplanted before I left. I thought for sure they were goners, but they are thriving:
An incredible dinner was waiting for us in the refrigerator:
Sweet smelling, fresh flowers were on the table:
And a sweet note was next to my bed. Though I am still wondering why the word "sweetheart" is in quotation marks. (ha, ha):
Knowing my mom was here, watching over things while we were gone, was such a comforting feeling for me. I just knew in my heart that everything was safe and all would be well until we returned.
I'm so looking forward to the weather drying up, the sun shining just a bit, and my mom coming back out to the farm for a day of hanging with me and my critters.
It's pretty clear she loves them a lot:
They think she's pretty awesome, too:
Thank you again - so much - mom. ♥ ♥ ♥
(P.S. Dinner was INCREDIBLE!):