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Simple things

Things around the farm are working at a slower pace. We don’t have any less to do but all the “to dos” seem more manageable.

Part of the reason is the season. When it’s cold outside, I am more inclined (for some reason) to stop and gaze out the living room window. Listen to the birds. Watch the dogs’ antics. Relish in the soft hum of the heater. Slower pace, for sure.

I’ve also been more diligent on keeping up with the daily chores inside the house, which automatically creates a more comforting, less stressful atmosphere.

Days like today when all is right with my world, I try to soak up the satisfaction. Because tomorrow may be different. Heck, this afternoon my life might get back onto the Tilt-A-Whirl.

These days of satisfaction have been few and far between since April 15 of last year. My dad’s stroke began a series of life-changing events that included the sale of one my favorite places and the departure of one of my favorite people. Three simple things. Simple on paper only. When I unravel the simple words, I find that my heart is in a much different place than it was before April 15. And all of those simple things still create tears that pour down my cheeks in unexpected moments.

But today my blessings are evident and the three simple things are easily managed. So I’m going to enjoy this moment’s pace and let my soul soak in the satisfaction floating through the air. And breathe in. Breathe out. Slowly.

Categories: Life on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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