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Being Thankful

Posted 7/12/2011 5:29pm by Renae Schlatter.

What extreme weather this year has brought. This spring we were getting so much rain that our pastures had absorbed all that they could and it was just wet. Our worst fear was that it would dry up and get hot and dry like it did last summer. Sure enough, as soon as the rains stopped it got really hot. The pastures really took a beating after being so saturated and then being subject to such high temperatures. The grasses basically had quit growing. And this drought was not only affecting us, but all the farmers in the area. With a wet spring they got a late start at planting, and then the crops came up and basically stopped growing because of the dryness. But yesterday we were so very thankful when some thunderstorms rolled through and we were blessed with 1.3 inches of rain. Could we use more? Sure, but we are thankful for what we did get. Hopefully it will be enough to give the pastures a boost and the grasses will start growing again.

Here are a few pictures I took yesterday during the storm:

A welcome July rain

Rain drops in the driveway

Yes, those are actually rain drops forming puddles in the driveway!

the rain guage has water in it!

Proof that we actually did get some rain; a welcome sight in our rain gauge!

And then last night as I was getting ready to call it a day, I looked outside and saw this amazing evening sky.

A beautiful July evening sky

The colors were so sharp and brilliant and the reflection off of the pond was spectacular! This was after sunset and it just took my breath away. Yes, we have much to be thankful for.



Andrea said,
7/13/2011 @ 12:17 am
Lovely Post, Miss Renae!
A good reminder to be thankful in all things :-)
I always love reading your updates.
Maybe someday you could write a book... have you ever thought about that?? Just askin......
Renae said,
7/13/2011 @ 8:30 am
You know, now that you mention something about a book...that sounds like a great idea! I'll have to ponder on that. With never a dull moment around here I think I could fill many pages!
Chris Bowers said,
7/27/2011 @ 9:23 am
OHHHH MY!! Spectacular is hardly enough to describe what God paints for us isn't it!! Thanks for sharing...I am in love with incredable sunsets....this on deserves an award...and worthy of being placed in that book!! Can I have a copy? :)
Pauline Miller said,
8/1/2011 @ 10:43 am
From the rising of the sun, to the going down, the Lord's name is to be praised! Praise ye the Lord, Praise Him all ye servants of the Lord!

I love sunsets too, and your pictures. Maybe you should get into photography too.
Janel said,
8/11/2011 @ 8:12 am
Hello Renae! I do remember you! Now I can put a name to your face! I'm honored that you follow my blog. :) I grew up on a farm, and I do miss the animals and adventures you speak of. My adventures these days are certainly of a different nature, but exciting, nonetheless. I'll be sure to keep you posted as to our future plans and I will look for you at the farmer's market!

Cheerio! ~janel
jake manz said,
9/10/2011 @ 12:48 pm
nice pictures
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