One of our employees snapped this photo of us and sent it to me with this message, “I know you take a lot of the photos for your farm, but I took this photo just as Nathan had jumped away to pick that flower to give to you and I thought I’d share.”
Nathan and I had been walking the farm and talking. We’ve learned to step away so that we can talk without distractions.
I was asking his opinion on a situation that doesn’t have any good answers, but as he always does he was reminding me of how we got to where we are today. Being honest, setting boundaries, doing the work.
I’m thankful that he doesn’t avoid the hard things and he’s always willing to do the right thing-no matter the consequences.
Most of all, I’m thankful he still takes the time to find me flowers among all the weeds and that our children and the people who visit our farm get to witness it.
This is a portrait of Michelle Howell, a hardworking farmwife, mother of five, author, and advocate. On the left side of the bust you can read text from the poem “Anyway” that was on a wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India. “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.” “The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.”
Leslie Nichols, Artist