Tuesday Ponderings – Family Time and the Christmas Season

It is the season of Christmas and I sit here awaiting the sunrise and time for feeding the animals on the Funny Farm. I sip my coffee planning the coming days and weeks, and puzzle over families separated and acting childish because their egos are too big and the expectations too high.

As I sit here and ponder the separations in our communities I come to remember being able to ask dad for his insight or grandpa about the logic of it all. Yet they are gone, and I’m left here to be the one to contemplate.

Since at least three years of age, I can remember experiencing the loss of a family member. Believe it or not, I recall attending my great-grandfather’s funeral. I also remember looking up to him before that and admiring his horn-rimmed glasses and his eyes that glimmered behind them. I also remember his plants and his garden and his satisfaction in raising fresh fruits and the like.

I remember my great-grandmother who experienced the loss of my grandmother and my great-uncle (her children) before her time came to go. I know her heart ached, and mine did too — and when she left it ached again.

My god-mother and god-father, great uncles, cousins, — and my brother, my grandpa, and my dad — they’ve all left this place we know. I remember all of them as being giving, caring, hard workers, who feared the Lord and embraced their family. What I’ve seen after is a lot of selfishness, ego, and expectations that overpower the great goodness of having a loving family. I see families torn apart, shunning one another, complaining about one another.

Do they not know how blessed they are to have one another, if even for a short time?

During this holiday season, and every day, remember to check your ego; check your expectations and embrace who you have for the time they are here. Before you know it things will change and you’ll never be able to get that time back.

Will your memories be of digging in your heals to prove that someone in your life is wrong — because you think you’re right? — Or is that how others will remember you?

1 Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that no one repays evil for evil. Always pursue what is good for one another and for all people.


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Get Outside for National Hunting and Fishing Day

It’s National Hunting and Fishing Day. Will you be headed outside? Who will you be with, and what will you be up to? Today is all about the connection to the outdoors, traditions, education, conservation, and sharing it with others. What more could you ask for?

For this great day, I wanted to share a fun two-day hunt with you. My husband and I were invited to hunt antelope on a private ranch in Eastern Colorado. Since we live six hours away, there’s never enough time to scout. Watch the video below as the landowner’s son shows us the property boundaries, where the antelope traditionally travel and gives us a general low-down on what our hunt will be.

This young man is learning about wildlife and gaining a connection to the outdoors. Many youngsters never get this opportunity, and some don’t even notice the wild things around them. Today, as you head out, look around. Notice the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds you pass along the way. You say you don’t want to hunt or fish? How about looking at the plants. Did you notice the flowers growing along the sidewalk as you head into the coffee shop? Tell me what you see that you’ve never noticed before.

This is an archery hunt. That means it’s all about getting up close and personal. We bought a Montana Big Red Moo Cow Decoy we purchased long ago and you’ll see why it came in handy. What decoys do you use during your hunts? Getting close to animals is a challenge, in some cases a thrill, and definitely part of why I enjoy the hunt. Regardless of whether an animal is taken or not, the journey is always the best part.

Tell me, what is your favorite part of the hunt?

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