Not long ago, Daron and I were out doing chores. It was after dark on a cold wintry night. We were out in the back pasture - where the hill settles into a gully near our creek. There were only a couple of cows hanging out near the hay feeders - the rest were up in the warmth of the barn. We unloaded the first round bale and turned the tractor to head up for the second. Something in me wanted to conquer my fear of the dark, so I asked to be left behind. After assuring Daron th
This week Daron and I had the rare opportunity to have a couple of days alone while our four kids went with their grandparents on a mini vacation. We also had the rare opportunity to add 30 + cows to the farm around the same time. So, in lieu of romantic dinners, holding hands on the couch, and dressing up to go out for sushi... I dressed up in my husband's insulated overalls, held a flashlight and legal pad, and headed out to the barnyard to spend the evening sorting cattle.
It was one of those really black nights...the kind where the inky darkness seems to stretch on with no beginning or end. I was headed out to help Daron finish up chores and each step seemed darker than the last as I left the glow and warmth of the house behind. The meager beam of my phone's flashlight barely dented the shadows around me. Naturally, my storyteller’s imagination began kicking into high gear, so I shakily called out Daron’s name. No answer. I called again. No a