Celebrating Small Victories

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In the grand scheme of things, most victories are small victories.

I'm not talking about finishing a doctorate program, running a marathon, or solving world hunger. Those are some hardcore victories. Heck, to me finishing one biology class, running a mile, and feeding one hungry person are cause for celebration. I suppose the smallness of the victory is in the eye of the victor. If you've ever spent 5 minutes with me or had any kind of interaction with me you'll know I'm excitable, and boy do I like to celebrate.

So let's celebrate all the things.

Today, I'm celebrating this pepper seedling. I've started bell peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, and yellow wax peppers about a dozen times. I don't know what it was this time, but there's like 3 purple bell pepper plants, a jalapeno, a banana pepper, and even a wax pepper happily transplanted now. Small victory? Yes, at least until I pull my first ripe pepper. That will be a dang party.

Photo credit goes to the fabulously talented Natalie Wheeler at www.actnaturallyphotography.com

Photo credit goes to the fabulously talented Natalie Wheeler at www.actnaturallyphotography.com

What else am I celebrating? This amazing squash, which is the 2nd one we've harvested, was chopped up and added to a supper last week!

Another gorgeous photo from www.actnaturallyphotography.com. She makes our little farm look special.

Another gorgeous photo from www.actnaturallyphotography.com. She makes our little farm look special.

We have a tiger melon coming!!!!!!!

Whoa, that was a bit much. I'll tone it down a bit.

The onions couldn't care less about my lack of dedication to weeding their bed.

When I do finally weed them, the weeds make a beautiful photo op.

I mean, seriously. 

I mean, seriously. 

We shared these peaches with friends and family, froze a ton, and have another tree getting ready to ripen. I sprayed it with neem oil the other day, so we should be able to get to the fruit before the bugs this time! Which means we can share peaches with even more people!!

Not quite millions of peaches.

Not quite millions of peaches.

The chickens all have names!!!!

From left to right Bellatrix, Hermione, Artemis, Gerald(ine), Joan, Narcissa, Piggy, Himalaya, Carol Pacey, Honey Shaker, and Penny. Another photo by www.actnaturallyphotography.com.

From left to right Bellatrix, Hermione, Artemis, Gerald(ine), Joan, Narcissa, Piggy, Himalaya, Carol Pacey, Honey Shaker, and Penny. Another photo by www.actnaturallyphotography.com.

Now that the suspense of their names is over, was the wait worth it? They'll get a better introduction eventually, but guess what? 

Chicken Butt

Chicken Butt

Chickens are really hard to photograph, so I'm giving up on that dream of a beautiful blog post with perfect shots of all 11 chickens for now. Mad props to all those amazing chicken blog ladies that seem to always get the image they want.

It's small let downs like pots full of soil that never sprout, struggling to take the photos I want to share, walking out to the 3rd downed limb on a peach tree, finding swarms of bugs munching on the fruit we had been so excited for, or realizing that despite my best efforts those dang weeds are back, that can start to pile up and weigh heavy on my shoulders. I've been questioning whether the effort is worth it and whether I really have anything interesting to share.

Once given a chance to celebrate the small victories and notice how those too pile up, the small let downs don't seem so heavy. Is the effort worth it? It's a resounding yes. The jury is still out on whether any of this is actually interesting. I'm sure if we sprinkle a few goats about the property that will be a resounding yes as well.

Goats make everything better.

We took a week off "work" around the house and had Jared's parents, our dear friends the Blakes, our fun and fabulously talented friends the Wheelers, and one of Jared's long time friends Colby visit with us. It was a great time to relax and enjoy our friends and all of the amazing things around us. One of those things was seeing first hand Aurora's intense love for the guitar. Normally after supper we'd be weeding, or mowing, or cleaning, or....

It was so nice of Dean to share his guitar with her.  Yet another photo from www.actnaturallyphotography.com. If I were rich I'd just hire Natalie to follow me around all day with her camera.

It was so nice of Dean to share his guitar with her.  Yet another photo from www.actnaturallyphotography.com. If I were rich I'd just hire Natalie to follow me around all day with her camera.

I bet she grows up to be hyper enthusiastic like her momma. 

What are you celebrating? If you begin to feel you somehow don't deserve to celebrate it because it's small, just remember I'm over here in Ohio celebrating these two tomatoes I'm about to eat out of my grubby hand.

And celebrate away.

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