Thankful for the Mini Farm

This is the time of year to be thankful. Of course, not everyone is thankful. Some people just skip right over the thankful holiday of Thanksgiving and move on to Christmas. Just an example is the Black Friday Christmas shopping is starting even earlier this year. For heaven’s sake, can’t people pause and be thankful for even one whole day?

Anyway, I just thought I would share some thoughts on why I am thankful for our mini farm. I am very thankful that it is mini, and there are many reasons.

1. Although I really like cows, and I think it would be pretty neat to have one or two, I am very thankful for goats. They give milk, just like cows and it tastes delicious. Goats are smaller, and eat way less than cows, they don’t need as much pasture space, or barn space. They are mini cows. 🙂 Or as I have heard, they are the “poor man’s cow.”

2. I am thankful that we have 5 hens, and no rooster. (That’s right, happily the rooster met with a 22 bullet a week or so ago, so he can no longer attack me.) The hens give us eggs, usually 4 a day, and they are SO much better than store bought eggs.

3. I am thankful for rabbits. They provide us with fresh meat that is good for you. When we started raising rabbits I believed the stories I had heard about the way rabbits multiply. Don’t believe all you hear. Oh, they do multiply just not as rapidly and easily as I first believed.

4. I am thankful for my miniature horse. There are many reasons I am thankful for Cooper. She fulfilled my life-long dream of owning my own horse, thanks to my awesome husband who got her for my birthday this year. She is sweet and affectionate (for a horse), and she is just fun. I am thankful that she is a mini, because when she steps on my foot no bones are broken and no bruises develop, but of course I always wear shoes when I’m around her. I am planning to train her to drive next year and that should be quite an adventure. 🙂

5. I am thankful for the mini farm in general. Most of the time it is fun having the animals to care for and we enjoy the fruits of our labor. It has been quite an experience and it is not something that a lot of people will ever get to enjoy. And since it’s mini, if we ever decide we have had enough, we can easily get rid of the animals and have freedom from those responsibilities. It’s just a hobby and not our occupations.

Be thankful this year–even for the “mini” things.


About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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