What’s in a Cow?.

Here is another post that I wrote for my collective blog over at Highbrow Paleo.  Jamie and I had a chance to buy half a cow, and we jumped on it.  We have been struggling with the food thing, feeling incredibly guilty for buying CAFO meat, but at the same time not willing to return to eating a grain-based diet that made us sick.  It was a difficult choice, but when this steer fell into our lap, so to speak, we took it.  We now have two chest freezers in the basement full of beef, and a small store of other meat (venison, pastured pork, pastured turkey, chicken feet).

The holidays have been hard, but we are focusing on our blessings and not on Stuff, as one should at this time of year anyway.  The kids have been having fun decorating the house, and cutting down our Christmas tree.  We have had some family Christmas parties and the obligatory cookie baking, gingerbread house decorating and amaryllis tending.  It has all been a lot of excitement for the little ones and while It would be wonderful to jet down to Manhattan and take them to the Nutcracker and skating at Rockefeller Center, we don’t feel deprived one bit.

The job search is on hold this week and next while many people are on vacation, so that has been almost relaxing.  Before the world shut down for the holiday, there were some good connections made at some good companies, so we are hopeful (as always, but more than we have been in a long time) that something will work out as soon as business opens again in 2012.  We have been able to focus on our own small but growing business which exceeded our expectations for the holiday.  We are nowhere near able to save the family farm selling calendula balms, but I’m proud of how far we have come in such a short amount of time.  Thankful.

We are reminded every day how amazing, generous, loving, warm, sweet, kind, hilarious and wonderful our friends are.  The people that take five minutes out of their day to shoot over a quick email to check in are like gold to me.  I have so much love for my friends, who are more family than family.

We are warm(ish), fairly healthy, and we have some incredible, healthy, compassionate food on our table.  I don’t want anything else for the moment.

Thank you for reading, and all sorts of healthy love, and granted wishes for the winter holidays and the new year.