As I peer out my kitchen window, I see a small rosebud peeking back at me from my rose garden. I started thinking one morning, soon this bud with the help of the sun, rich dirt, my husband’s watering and nurturing, will become a beautiful bloom. As Mother’s Day approached, I felt that my two children are my two blooms.
As a parent, I think it is my duty to attend to the nurturing of these two young minds.
Donna Thomas traded a stethoscope for farm life and never looked back.
After 15 years as a registered nurse working in pediatrics, Thomas and her husband, Rick, decided they wanted to farm full time. In 1988, they purchased part of the Bethlehem Academy farm in rural Hardin County.
Thomas, 59, grew up on a dairy farm about half a mile from where she lives now. The family plants corn and soybeans, grows hay, raises registered Angus cattle and maintains a tobacco greenhouse operation and wholesale distribution.
We’re smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, the time between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
It’s a bittersweet week in the Christian faith tradition, moving from the euphoria of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the solemn Last Supper, the agony of Jesus’ crucifixion, and ultimately the joy of his resurrection.