These past two weeks have been very different for our household. I am the poster child homebody. I get homesick after about 4 days away from my refuge. I am grounded and in harmony with my ‘feeps’ (farm peeps), and start to feel off when I’m gone for too long. Back in January, Charlie and I made the decision to cut back my hours at the pharmacy to 20hrs/week. I was killing myself trying to get everything done on the farm, educate others on holistic wellness, and work at the pharmacy. Something had to give…. either that or I was going to run out of steam. I was scared to death. It was the first time in my 25+ year career that I carried no benefits of my own. Our new routine took about 5 months to settle into but I finally got my groove, and I am loving every minute of it! My income from Young Living has enabled me to step out from behind the pharmacy counter and actually DO life the way it was meant to be done.
At the end of August, I took a whirlwind four day trip up to Iowa to teach a few wellness classes in person. Women’s health (as you know…. a particular passion of mine). General wellness. Non Toxic Skincare. It was a fabulous trip and I met so many neat ladies (and guys) in the midwest. I spent a few of my youngest years in Des Moines, and we managed a quick peek at the house I spent those years in. I have only fragments of memories of those years, but Iowa felt familiar to me.
While I was gone, tragedy struck our fair state. A monster by the name of Harvey came ashore and changed lives and landscapes forever. We live in very North Texas where tornadoes and hail storms are our nemesis, but this storm down south affected us all. We are a state that sticks together, and the pain is real. My heart goes out to everyone touched by the disaster, but especially those who are grieving the loss of life, including those of their pets and livestock. I know how it feels to love animals fiercely, and many people are grieving for losses beyond mere possessions. Heartbreaking.
Those 4 days I was gone, were just enough to make me homesick, and it made the storm in our home state nearly surreal. Charlie was a trooper… my sweet husband assumed the mantle of being ‘both of us’ for those 4 days and that is no small feat. We are both busy people, and time is already managed efficiently within each of our schedules.
The animals noticed my absence….. and a small seismic shift began occurring. I came home, but 3 days later I left again for another 4 days for a scheduled visit to Philly to see family. The seismic shift grew larger. Animals are creatures of habit….. but then again, aren’t we all (two legged and four legged alike)? I’ll speak more of this shift later this week…. it deserves a post of its own.
I miss home when I’m not here. The peace of it all. The solitude that isn’t really. I am surrounded by unconditional love. Even the sunlight showers me with affection. I am grounded in the Spirit. I feel God…. REALLY feel His presence when I am here in my place of peace. Dogs. Horses. Cows. The chicken’s excitement at my presence. The unseasonably cool morning breeze kissing my skin. Spiderwebs… as much as I hate running into them nearly every morning….. I appreciate their presence. Nature is nurturing my spirit.
I am a people watcher, and see people who have not yet found their place of peace. They are constantly searching for the next best thing to purchase or booking their next travel destination because they are restless in spirit and seeking something they’ve not yet found. Contentment of place,time, and circumstance. Groundedness. Peace.
I love that I get homesick. Crazy isn’t it? Crazy but true. In the grand scheme of 365 days, I am gone only a fraction of that. How blessed am I that home is my favorite place in all of the earth.
6 Sep 2017 at 12:24 pm
Liz, you ‘tell your story’ so beautifully. I LOVE that you ‘love’ home. I would give anything to live on a farm. I was never more happy than when I would visit my grandparents farms when we were younger and then into my adulthood. I didn’t identify it by name, but in fact, it was my ‘place of peace’. My happy place. When my grandfather died in 2002 at the age of 97…if was me that so desperately begged to keep the farm in the family. But that couldn’t happen. Indeed, I am happiest when I am outside and ‘feeling’ nature and working and watching, and experiencing. Thank you for sharing the transition that you and Charlie made this year. I know it was not an easy decision to let go of some of your security, but I believe the Lord has a special plan for this season in your life. I for one, am grateful for the extra time you have to share your knowledge and your heart for natural living with those of us who benefit so much by your teachings. Love you my friend. Welcome home.
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17 Sep 2017 at 4:05 am
We are kindred spirits. Home is my most favourite place on earth too. I am away for four days next week and you would thing I were emigrating. I’m worried about my recently berieved cat Fluffy. How will she cope completely by herself with only a friendly neighbour to feed and allow her some outside time. Hopefully all will be well, but I am already counting the days until I am home again and I haven’t left yet. Homesick before I leave home, now that’s a worry.
17 Sep 2017 at 9:40 am
We certainly are. My husband always asks me if I’m homesick yet a few days before we go any place. He knows my heart. Barbara, I know exactly how you feel. Would your Fluffy be open to another cat someday?