Big Hill – Gratitude Rant #14


I don’t think it’s any secret that I absolutely LOVE where we live.

When you drive up our mile-long gravel road, we’re the last house on your left, nestled at the foot of “Big Hill”. And honestly, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful place to live and raise a family.

This morning during choretime, I was ripping open a couple bags of expired “Cinnamon Toasters” cereal for the pigs, and I happened to glance up towards Big Hill.

There silhouetted against the frosty morning sky stood a very nice 4-point buck. He was probably 300 to 350 yards away — far enough off that I wished I had my binoculars with me. Although at the same time, I definitely didn’t need any optics to see that he was big. Probably 24″ wide, for any of you hunters out there. And with November being “rutting” season, his neck was just as thick and swollen as could be.

Talk about majestic! Continue reading “Big Hill – Gratitude Rant #14”


Cold Showers – Gratitude Rant #13


Can I confess something?

I haven’t taken a warm shower since September.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still showering regularly. I’ve just been doing it in straight-up cold water.

Why, you might ask?

Well, it all goes back to a single bad decision I made back in January…

Y’see, I set the terribly misguided goal of running a marathon. Continue reading “Cold Showers – Gratitude Rant #13”

Baggy Wool Shirts – Gratitude Rant #12


WARNING: Today’s gratitude rant might get a little sentimental.

Y’see, I wore a baggy wool shirt today…

And when I say “baggy”, I mean it was at least 4 or 5 sizes too big.

And when I say “wool”, I mean 100% wool, in all of its rough and itchy glory.

And with its bright red-and-blue plaid pattern, I don’t think anyone would accuse me of being overly “stylish” while wearing it.

Of course, it would be a pretty rare occasion, indeed, for ANY of my clothing choices to be considered stylish… Continue reading “Baggy Wool Shirts – Gratitude Rant #12”

Of Herbs And Fried Rabbit – Gratitude Rant #11


For three years now, I’ve been writing Gratitude Rants every November, and it’s always such a great experience.

I can honestly say that writing them has greatly enriched my life.

At the same time, I can also honestly say that Sundays are the hardest day of the week to write for!

Around here, Sunday is a special day. It’s the Lord’s day — and that brings with it all sorts of blessings. It’s a day of rest and rejuvenation. It’s a day of family and friends. It’s a day of service and sacrifice.

And that means I’ve always got a LOT to be grateful for on Sundays. Continue reading “Of Herbs And Fried Rabbit – Gratitude Rant #11”