I just logged on to share a few updates and noticed I hadn’t posted since November! Wow, so much has happened since then that I haven’t been sharing much of at all. So where to start….
Today I had a pretty great afternoon. I had the time to look around and soak in all that I have been blessed with.
I have the home for my family that I’ve been wanting for years – enough bedrooms for us all and a large yard. We have room for all the things we need and a little extra for the stuff we want. We have enough room in the yard to plant flowers, a vegetable garden, have a pool and a place for bonfires, and there’s still room for the kids to dig in the dirt and for the dog to run to her heart’s content.
I have a wonderful husband who enjoys taking care of said yard, and who does everything he can to take care of and provide for our family, and who loves me the way I deserve to be loved. He supports me through my injuries and health issues, shares interests with me (even when he’s not really interested), listens when I tell veterinary stories about work even when he’s grossed out, and still holds me in bed at night.
My boys are all healthy, happy and well cared for. We are all healthy and happy for that matter. People and pets alike.
I have a great job in the field I have always been passionate about. Its a dream job for me, really. And starting as a kennel assistant and working my way up to veterinary assistant has really made me understand how things need to be done, and different aspects of the job I would not have otherwise understood as well any other way. The doctor I work for is a great employer who understands the needs and demands of a family. He is the most understanding boss I have ever had, and we get along pretty well otherwise too. Everything about my job is just amazing!
I have enough room, landlord permission, and the income to have pets. We have a dog, 2 cats, a duck and 2 chickens. They all bring me so much joy, and bring such richness to my family. They teach the kids patience, responsibility, and compassion. And they are amazing companions. I have always loved animals, but to be able to fill my home with these amazing critters is a true blessing. The birds are a new experience for me, and the routine of taking care of them and their unique kind of companionship is really exciting for me. Especially the duck – he’s my buddy.
Overall I have a truly blessed life. I really couldn’t ask for much more. This is all I’ve been wanting, and I worked to get it. So now I get to cherish every moment of it.
Nearly 2 weeks now we’ve had ducklings. It all started when my mom spotted a couple of ducks in town while she was in a friend’s car. She stopped to try to catch the ducks, but were lead by them to their home. So she left them alone. However, she knew I’ve always really liked ducks, so she offered to buy me a couple with some supplies to get started. Since we have a large yard and plenty of room, I couldn’t resist the offer. So I brought home 2 ducklings. I was able to borrow a box built for snakes from work, which worked perfectly for the ducks when they were tiny. They don’t fit now. I am absolutely astounded by the rate of growth! I think they have at least quadrupled in size since they came home. Its unbelievable! The kids adore them. They are very messy and stinky, but their entertainment value makes it worth cleaning up after them.
Then a few days ago Evan and I were at the farm store and they had their chickens in. Evan wanted to get a couple, and we had already discussed it at home. So we bought a chicken coop and 2 baby chicks. They are now using the snake box because they still need to keep warm. And the ducks are out in the chicken coop during the day, and on our back porch in a large plastic tub during the night. I’m hoping once the chickens are bigger they will be able to cohabitate with the ducks out in the chicken coop + fenced yard area outside the chicken coop.
Beyond 4 new birds in our household, I have also decided to make the commitment to start and finish a college degree. I’ve been working at the vet clinic for going on 10 months now, and I absolutely love it. I love how I learn something new almost every day, and that I get to work with animals. So I decided to enroll in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technology program. Its all self-paced so there’s not so much pressure to get it done if I don’t have the time. And I do believe my externships can be done where I work. I’m not totally certain about that, but I’ll look into it when I get closer to that phase. I’m very excited to further my education and improve my skills.