Holidays on the Farm..."In the Country"

I know~
I know~
I haven't posted on this blog in almost 2 weeks.
Woopsie!
That's because I've been hangin' at my favorite place in the whole wide world.
With my favorite people in the world!
I've been hangin' on the farm in Alabama!
When I get to the farm it's like I've been completely removed from life as I live it from day to day. 
Once I hit THE HILL it's all about COUNTRY life!
Life on the farm never changes.

This is an old truck we use to "haul~off" leaves! 
This is the truck that carries us "to town." ;)
Everybody congregates to spend holidays "in the country."
We do lots of baking~
Lily~{my niece}
We keep the grill hot too!
Griff {my nephew~THE GRILL MASTER}
Check out Griff seasoning the New Years Eve steaks.
Griff and I have been prepping and baking the turkey together since Griff was 3.
Griff is the gourmet chef in the family.
Check out these pork tenderloin sandwiches.
Once we get to the farm~we seldom leave.
We play games~do crafts~and have loads of FUN just laughing and being SILLY!
Mom and I take lonnnnnnnng walks down the dirt road every morning.
We collect HEART shaped rocks along the way.
Bon~fires are a tradition on the farm.
We snuggle up and roast marshmallows and gaze at the STARS.
Tomorrow I'll be leaving this haPPy place I call "HOME."
I really don't know how I leave these faces that make my HEART beam so big it almost pops right out!
I love my life in the Northwest~
but it comes with a tremendous, heart~tugging sacrifice.
I have to stand STRONG.
I must be brave and courageous to leave the souls that I LOVE most in this world behind.
I try not to make a scene in the airport saying good~bye but I always do.
Last time I said good~bye to my parent's at the airport I buried my head in my pillow and 
cried all the way through security. 
Everyone in the security line was patting me telling me it was going to be okay.
Luckily Greg will be with me this time....he'll hold my hand.
To tell you the truth...I don't leave them behind.
They go with me.
Maybe that's why I can leave.
They're always in my HEART...everywhere I go....everything I do.
I can't wait to see the fur~ball!
He spent Christmas with very dear friends on Bainbridge Island.
Life on the farm!
It doesn't get much better than this.
Hoping your holidays were as magical as mine.
Happy New Year!
Let's make 2012 the BEST YEAR EVER!
~xxooxx~

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful, happy, loving photos! I know you've had an incredible visit "in the country...on the farm". Good for you! You've been missed though. :-)

    Wishing you and your loved ones the very best for the new year! Yes, it's going to be grand.
    xo
    Pat

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  2. Beautiful pics!!!! I hate leaving my family too!!!!!!!!! Happy New Year!!! Love the house!!!!!

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  3. You make me want to cry, too! I know you had a great time... thanks so much for sharing with us. Happy New Year!!

    XO,
    JANE

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  4. I share your struggle - I love my life here but SOOOOO miss mom and dad and my life in California! Your photos are beautiful - you had the Christmas you wanted and deserved! I've missed you here at the blog but I was happy knowing you were living your Christmas dreams on the farm!

    Happy New Year!
    xxoo

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  5. Happy New Year sweet friend!

    Hugs,
    Kat

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  6. I am happy/sad for you, Teresa. Happy that you can go home, that your family is intact...Mom, Dad, nieces and nephews...but sad that you have to leave and go to your other "home". What a blessing that you were able to spend a wonderful Christmas Holiday with those you love most- xo Diana

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  7. I know you had a great time with your family. I thought about you and the fun you must have been having while here. We had steaks for New Year's Eve dinner, TOO!!! Wish I could have come over to see you for a couple of hours while you were in "the country." It would have been fun to see you again.

    Happy New Year!
    xoxo,
    Marsha

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  8. One of my favorite things about the holidays is how they bring families together for beautiful times like these. Your photos are wonderful - it looks like you had a spectacular time. Happy new year!

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  9. Beautiful photos and so much family fun, Teresa! Thanks for sharing... I love your blog, it makes me smile! Wishing you and your family a very happy & healthy New Year!!
    *Jutta*

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  10. I totally understand what it's like to be separated from family. My brother and his family just moved close to home (within 3 hours) of our family for the first time in 10 years, so I completely know what it's like to stand at the airport sobbing thinking that you're missing such a big piece of your own heart. I also live in AL and would love to know where you're originally from here? There is absolutely nothing like living in the country! :)

    Samantha @ themoreirun dot com.

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  11. Looks like you had the most wonderful Christmas!! Great photos!!

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  12. Wishing you the very best in 2012!

    BTW...just like my blog post tonight expresses - YOU are important to me. Thanks for your friendship.

    Hugs,
    Kat

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  13. A Blomming Marvellous New Year to you, Greg and Doogan Teresa.

    This brought a little tear to my eye - we are just about to drive Chris to the train station -he has been offered some temporary work (thankfully) but it is about 4 hours away so he has to live away during the week.

    Boohoo just me and the baby and Alfie of course - to look after us :-(

    Kisses Kitty xxx

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  14. ... and a BLOOMING Marvellous New Year to you as well as a 'Blomming' one lol! :-)

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  15. I love your beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. Your niece and nephew are both so darling. I bet Doogan can't wait to see you!

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  16. I love, love, love seeing the pictures from the farm!!! It looks like such a special place, Teresa!

    Hi to Lily & Griff!!!

    {{PS...how is it I haven't seen these posts?!? What the HECK? I've been so busy texting you, I haven't checked your blog!!!}}

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  17. Lily and Griff have grown into beautiful young adults, just like their mom, grandmom and aunt. Love your family....very special. Lovin' your blog too:)

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