Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!" - From "Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Forgive Me?

Wow! It's been almost three years since I posted anything. Why? Well, would you believe it started when I grew incredibly frustrated over constant problems I was having trying to post pictures from our July 4th (2009) celebration? I tried every day for a week, then came back every few days for a couple more weeks before I finally gave up, and because I'm OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), I couldn't post anything else until I posted that. I guess time had to pass and my desire to blog had to return before my OCD could get past the disaster.

Can you forgive me for being gone for so long? I hope so.

A whole lot of things have happened in the last two-and-a-half years. It would take too long to go through all of it now, so I'll touch on various things as I get back into blogging. For now, here's a highlight of what has been going on:

On the dark side:
  • My marriage came very close to ending
  • My health spiraled downward
  • Five Acre Farm suffered the brunt of our marital problems and my health problems
  • My mother died, and part of me died with her

On the bright side:

  • My marriage survived and was restored
  • I'm getting better
  • We still have the farm, our dreams, and each other
  • My husband's son and his wife had their fifth child, a boy
  • My Dad moved in with us after my mother died, and we love having him here
  • With too many dogs already, I got a puppy for Christmas, and she is medicine to my soul
  • I've been learning how to make a better blog, and I'm hoping to make this a great one

I hope I can win you back. I hope I can find new readers. I want to share so much, and I'm going to do my best to nurture this blog as though it were my child, or at least, a house plant.

Bless you all!

Michelle and John
Valentine's Day 2010

It still took another year to restore our marriage completely, but it's a much stronger marriage now.


  1. I'm so glad that you're back! I've missed your wonderful advice! :)

  2. Thank you Michelle J.! You flatter me, and I hope I don't let you down again! I've missed sharing the stories of our life here on the farm (good and bad), and it looks like it will be a while before I run out of things to say while I'm catching up!