happy new year

Hope that everyone had a good holiday season + winter break! Things here at the blog were pretty quiet, but I’m ready to start posting like mad! Or at least, a bit more regularly- especially since things are really starting to get busy in the garden at this time of year…

One of the most interesting gifts we got this year was from B’s sister- a donation to Heifer International in our name. Heifer International is a terrific organization- here’s a description of their work from their website:

Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope

With gifts of livestock and training, we help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

The donation given in our name (B. and I) was for a flock of chicks. Pretty appropriate, considering what fanatical chicken people we are… And the box that was gift wrapped explaining the donation contained this: