It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn

It’s just before dawn a couple days before Christmas. It’s not quite raining outside - it’s more like a consistent, cold mist. A soft, yellow glow pulsates through the room from the faux-flickering candles my mother-in-law has placed in all the windows as part of her Christmas decorations. It’s just before dawn and I’ve already …

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Nothing is Permanent

In a single week, every leaf on every tree of our property has fallen to the ground and become an inch-thick layer of brown mush. For days, the sky has been a perpetual gray. None of our chickens are laying any eggs. Adorably, Bunny and Tee’s winter coats have poofed out in every direction – …

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The River Runs Quickly

It’s 2:00 in the afternoon and Little Foot and I are sitting on the back patio – he in his Little Tikes swing and I on a patio chair. All is hauntingly quiet outside but for the light panting of Thing One and Thing Two sprawled out on the cool concrete below us and the …

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Coming Home

King Ranch, Little Foot, our two dogs, Thing One and Thing Two, and I have been on the road back home to the ranch for the past 5 hours after a quick weekend trip to Houston to visit my family. The drive isn't a bad one, especially when you've got good company and good music. …

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