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Pay-Off Days

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February in Georgia is particularly miraculous thanks to an enormous number of pay-off days: days when you are paid in full for frozen nose hairs, dead car batteries, and chilblains.  These are the days when a sweatshirt and jeans is all that is needed to enjoy a day in the sunshine.  The jonquils are up, birds are chirping like mad, and fish are jumping.  Seems like everything is sensing that spring is just around the bend.  We’re in high cotton, y’all (not literally).

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Of course, with the change in weather has come a change in attitude around the Razor house.  We’ve been cooped up indoors or under winter coats too long and now spend every waking moment basking in the smooth golden light beneath blue skies framed by the branches of Georgia pines.  Seriously, someone should write a song about pay-off days.  I hereby declare that the next chart-topping, Grammy-winning single should reflect the mood we’re in right now.


Yesterday, I sat facing the lake at my friend’s house in a comfy chair (while my girls threw handfuls of oyster crackers into the water and squealed with delight when the brim and catfish surfaced with great “glop” sounds), I couldn’t help but count my blessings.  Counting blessings is good medicine and it is something that I have forgotten to do the past few months thanks to the great highs and horrifying lows caused by what I have now dubbed “false adoption.”  It real and it’s scary stuff (false adoption) so buyer beware.

Pay-off days are terrific distractions from all the paperwork, doctor’s appointments, case workers, and whatnot associated with being a foster parent.  They shift the focus from the current state of my kitchen floor (not unlike the floors of your local Waffle House… sticky), taxes, bills, and the rapidly defrosting roast that needs to be marinated.  Instead, I can simply absorb the views and my childrens’ happiness.

And that is somehow more than enough.  Simple abundance.

  • Rosa - A beautiful post, as always! Nice peaceful shots!



  • Linda Sue - ~Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done~ – a good solid old church song with good solid reasons behind it – very healing to count the blessings. Was it Garth Brooks (that not so churchy fella) who said Thank God for unanswered prayers – so often what we beg, plead, ask for isn’t what is best for us —and the Rolling Stones with you don’t always get what you want — ahh golden oldies from a silvery oldie here
    Yep – warmer days are beauts – little overcast and cool here in North Texas this morning and I’m ready freddy for sunshine!ReplyCancel

  • Tipper - Lovely post Lacy-and a good reminder to us all-to count our blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Love the photos and the post. We are having rain here today so that is our pay off day. Weird huh?ReplyCancel

  • warren - “And that is somehow more than enough. Simple abundance”

    It can’t be said any better than that!ReplyCancel

  • elra - Beautiful, I love the second photograph. I just told my husband when we went for a date (yes, once a week we have a date) that I want to be a farmer. My husband responded, it will fit my personality, and he added that I’ll be the “chicest” farmer out there. I took that as a compliment!

  • Julie at Elisharose - So true. We don’t suffer the frozen nose hairs, thank goodness!, but we have that wet cold that just gets in your bones. I love these days when the warm starts seeping in and there is the promise of spring in the air.ReplyCancel

  • The Cotton Wife - We had SUCH nice days last week. However, this week is back to being cold and crisp. Perhaps we’ll get snow? I dunno… but I *do* know that I refuse to believe any more weatherpeople who predict snow! There have been too many disappointments this year!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - Hi, Lacy!

    Beautiful post! I was just thinking this week that I’m loving THIS winter in Oregon. We’ve had so much more SUNSHINE than usual and far less rain. I’m sure there are official statistics somewhere and, down the road, this will mean something or other, but, for now, I’m thankful and I’m not suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder as one usually does here in the Winter!

    I pray all is well with you and yours!

    Love and Blessings,

  • Barbie - We are having a moderately warm and sunny day here as well. Frozen nose hairs…I’ve had more than my fair share of those this winter. I am so looking forward to the warm weather staying put for a couple of months.

    Great post, Lacy. I’m praying for you!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - What a wonderful post Lacy! I’ve been absent awhile and need to go back in time and catch up with your lfie.
    I think YOU could write that new Grammy Award winning song!
    Momma BarbReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: I wish you the best during this time. The weather will warm soon for you.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri - I can’t wait for spring to get here and need to take a step back, like you and count my blessings. Your shadows pictures is so original. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • ellyn - Loved the reflection photo. You are very blessed.

    All the way through the post though I was thinking about spring. Send some our way please. We haven’t seen it yet and won’t see it for a while. *sob*ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - Lovely thoughts. Your always in our prayers. We love you all!ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Laura - You know you’re always welcome to enjoy the lake. When it warms enough to enjoy it for longer we’ll cut cane poles and pack a picnic and relax in the sun while your girls and my boy run to their hearts content.

    Your friendship is an answer to our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Hey Miss Lady! :mrgreen:

    Happy belated Valentine’s Day. I hope that you and your sweeties are having a lovely week.

    Wonderful pictures! 😀

    How are things going with your sweeties? I am praying that things will go well. Hugs, RobinReplyCancel

  • Robin - Hey Miss LaCy, rathter. 😆 Silly me. 😛ReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - You know, Lacy, you and Josh are so incredibly fortunate. It seems like you have everything – a beautiful home, the simple life you’ve dreamed of, children… So much to be thankful for….

    And you’re right about pay-off days. We are fortunate in that we get chinooks to help break up the monotony of cold, but appreciating those pay-off days… You sure do have a great way of reminding folks to do that. 🙂

    I hope you, Josh, and the kids have a great Thursday and a great weekend ahead, Lacy. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Pay-off days!!! I just took two of those days myself and had a great time. And yes the next big song needs to be written about a pay-off day!!!!ReplyCancel

  • farm mom - Beautiful, beautiful post lacy. I’m glad you had a pay off day. It sounds like you really needed it. xoxoReplyCancel

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