Small Town America

It has been nearly a year since I last blogged and the title was What A Year! I find this ironic given that today’s date is November 8, 2020 and I thought last year was crazy and eventful! God sure has a sense of humor.

This year has undeniably been the craziest year in my lifetime, however, I am not going to dwell on the craziness. I am going to celebrate the amazing resilience, community, and love that I have seen in this small town, county, and community I am a part of today.

If you have been reading my blogs, you know that three years ago we moved back to the family farm after living in the suburbs of Indianapolis for 13 years. Some days I am overwhelmed with the responsibility this life brings us. Other days I am overwhelmed with the beauty this life brings us.

I want to share with you how our daily lives changed once the pandemic hit our community. It didn’t. Yes, if we go in public we have to wear a mask, our school day is different, and in Illinois our sports have been impacted. But, we still got up early to feed the animals. The crops were still planted and harvested. Most importantly, our community still came together in ways that are still incredible to me.

Down the road, our family friend was in a bad accident and broke his leg and pelvis. He farms more than 600 acres on top of raising approximately 600 head of cattle all by himself! Needless to say, he needed help. I can tell you that at least 5 families stepped up and they have been spending any extra time they have harvesting his fields and taking care of his cattle. He did not ask for anyone’s help, they just showed up.

Another family friend was approved for a seizure dog. This is amazing news, however, the cost is crazy! Twenty-thousand dollars for a dog that will take 2 years to arrive fully vetted and trained. In less than 2 weeks, our community has raised almost $15,000!

In this crazy year of 2020, small town America is alive and well. We are working hard, helping each other, and loving each other daily. This community amazes me everyday and I am thankful and blessed to be a part of it!

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