Hello, Home


Hello, new farmhouse. I missed you so much.
Hello, land that is not flat.

Hello, pond.
And garden ready for spring.
Hello, chicks under the red heat lamp! (HUGE chicks! How did that happen already?)
Hello, scary ram.
Hello, moody Jester.
Hello, big chickens!
And even you, Mean Rooster.

My sweet Nutmeg!!!!!
And, oh, my CLOVER!!!
How I worried about you while I was gone.

You were worried, too, weren’t you, Annabelle? We don’t like to be apart.
But it’s okay now.

Because I came home to find….
Hello, rainbow.


  1. Suzanne says:

    :sun: Nothing better than coming back to the place you love after a road trip! I always miss my own bed soooo much when I am gone. Glad you made it home safely! :snoopy:

    Suzanne @

  2. Wendy says:

    Welcome home Suzanne! :snoopy:

  3. Lucy says:

    If I’m ever in West Virginia again, I’m looking you up. (No not really..I’m not a serial stalker) But I love your farm and wishwishwish for that in my life. Ahhhhh….. maybe next life.

  4. CindyP says:

    Welcome Home, Suzanne! Clover needed that cookie!!! I’m sure the cookie giver outer was hugely missed! :purpleflower:

  5. Heidi says:

    SO glad your home safley! SHORE missed ya! LOL

  6. Fencepost says:

    Wow! Even God welcomed you home with a rainbow!
    You are definitely blessed.
    Welcome home, Suzanne!

  7. Diane says:

    Glad you made it home safe and sound. And that you had a good trip. Even though it was super busy from the sounds of it.

    I live in PA. And we go South for Vacations sometimes. And its always flat, busy, and well not as green as where I live. I am always happy to get back home. :woof:

  8. shirley says:

    You can take a girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.
    Welcome Home, country girl.

  9. Staci says:

    I think your farm and your animals are just gorgeous! They make me smile every day. :happyflower:

  10. Kathryn says:

    Good morning! I am so happy you are home where you belong. Have a wonderful day!

  11. Kate says:

    That’s way too beautiful for one person to enjoy! I’m coming over now, k? :happyflower:

  12. beekudzu says:

    Oh, wow! What a gorgeous rainbow and great picture?!
    And I can’t believe how big Annabelle is getting.

  13. wildcat says:

    Your photos make me so homesick for WV I can hardly stand it. So of course I look forward to my dose of torture every day. :yes:

    PS – Please give us an update on how little REFUND is doing.

  14. Cyndi Lewis says:

    Beautiful! Especially after Detroit! 😆

  15. kathy says:

    Find me a farm in wv with 100 or so acres and I’m there!!! Hubby and I look but have not found it yet. Right now we are in southwestern pa on a farm but dream of a more secluded one in the wv mountains.

    I just love Annabelle!!!!


  16. The Retired One says:

    What a gorgeous welcome home! You know what they say about rainbows….it is God’s promise of better things to come!!

    The Retirement Chronicles

  17. JeannieB says:

    We are all glad that you are home. God even sent you a rainbow from Honey!!!

  18. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    Awww, it’s great to come home to the farm! :sheepjump: Welcome back! Beautiful rainbow!

  19. Joanna Wilcox says:

    your photography and writing are always so great!

  20. Sheila Bergeron says:

    :heart: So lovely! You are blessed.

  21. trish says:

    Almost heaven, west virginia
    Blue ridge mountains
    Shenandoah river –
    Life is old there
    Older than the trees
    Younger than the mountains
    Growin like a breeze

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West virginia, mountain momma
    Take me home, country roads

  22. Linda says:

    Glad your home safe and sound. But did you have a good time at all? I think the rainbow was from Honey too.

  23. Missy says:

    Wasn’t that a beautiful rainbow! We saw it too! Just about the time the well guy got done. I told Pete it was a sign that the worst was behind us! Glad you’re home.

  24. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    Hello, Suzanne – welcome home!!!

  25. Mim says:

    It is almost garden time…Let my boys (alpacas & llama) into my garden spot to “manicure” any weeds…but of course that means my lower branches of my apple tree will also be “manicured”…Glad you are back home safely…enjoy the good life. :ladybug:

  26. Claudia W. says:

    Aw…a rainbow to welcome you home again! All the animals look happy to see you back!

  27. Lynda Dunham-Watkins says:

    Pure delight…coming home and your post!

  28. Renee says:

    Wonderful pictures!!


  29. Donna says:

    There’s no place like home! :snoopy:

  30. IowaCowgirl says:

    north, south, east, west, home is always best

  31. trish says:

    I got tears in my eyes over the thought that Honey sent the rainbow. What a lovely thought!!!

    Welcome home and thank you for not abandoning us while you were away!!!

    I will be reading High Stakes Homecoming over the next two days. I’ll let you know how I like it.

  32. jean says:

    The photos of Annabelle and the rainbow are my favorites. Great job.

  33. Ulrike says:

    No hello for Coco? The giant puppy and Annabelle are my daughter’s favorite. She can’t talk yet, but whenever I open your site, she signs, “Dog, lamb.”

  34. Leah says:

    I Love It that I’ve been following your blog long enough to see everything in this post happen. Just goes to show that our dreams happen one step at a time,and sometimes there’s even a Rainbow at the end! :happyfeet:

  35. Brenda Kula says:

    I adore that photo of Annabelle! She looks like she’s got plenty of personality. What a fun place you have to come home to.

  36. Jodie says:

    Little miss lambkins is growing up so fast! But we’ll always remember the 1st baby lamb on your farm. Welcome home! I love the rainbow. Always a good sign.

  37. Debbie in PA says:

    Welcome home!

    And wow-that picture of the rainbow was really amazing!


  38. Estella says:

    A rainbow is a great welcome home!

  39. catslady says:

    Awwwwwwww and wow with the rainbow.

  40. Anne says:

    Hi Suzanne- i have followed you blog for awhile, since i found out about it on the NPR story. today’s post was too much for me not to say hi…we have some things in common. i am a country lady living in wv, too, but i only have dogs, cats and horses. but my sister in michigan raises jacob sheep. maybe someday i’ll have a little flock.. they are very cool, and you are right that they are more like goats than sheep. she has an amazing ram that she got from an island off the coast of maine, where the flock had lived for years in a pretty much wild state. he’s my favorite. it’s lambing time and they will have around 40 lambs this yera. we have a great pyr, a male, to protect our critters from the coyotes that are really getting to be a problem. he is a pet, though, and we are the flock. your self cleaning post made me laugh out loud because it IS TRUE! none of my other dogs are like him. and sometimes the dirt falls off when he is napping inside…what a mess. and his double dew claws…he looks like he has snow shoes in the winter. anyway, keep writing…it is always enjoyable. your site is great, and your photography is the best. enjoy our wv spring. oh yea…i had a rainbow yesterday, too! my photos weren’t as good, though…the rainbow’s color aren’t as rich as yours.

  41. Barbee' says:

    Awwwwe, that is so sweet! And, it was all right there waiting for you when you got home. Welcome home, there is no place in the world like it!

  42. anne says:

    Welcome HOME Suzanne!!


  43. SuzieQ says:

    HOME SWEET HOME!! :sheep: :sheepjump: :woof: :snuggle:

  44. Kathy says:

    Uh hum, are you forgetting someone? Coco, I hope Mama hasn’t forgotten she missed you too!

  45. sandyz says:

    These are wonderful photos! Love the farm animals and this blog.

  46. Sarah Brewer says:

    How I live coming home! :snoopy:
    Looks like the chick in the picture is going to be a rooster. Hope for you it’s not, but whenever I have a young chick with a comb that grows so big so fast it’s always turned out to be a roo. :chicken:

  47. monica says:

    Beautiful pics as always!

    :yes: I needed to back track a bit. I was sick on the couch for a good part of last week. Trust me: no one wants it! :no: :shocked: :hole:.

    But now almost to feeling like :shimmy: , but not quite.

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