I am thankful for the experiences of growing up in the country. My family moved there when I was about 8 or 9 years old. Our new home was on forty acres with pasture land, 4 ponds, a brook, and woods. Dad always had animals, and Mom had two vegetable gardens, chickens, and lots of flower beds around the house. There were lots of outside chores to do, but I always had time to play with my little brother and to explore. I don't think I ever complained of being bored! This was where I developed my great love for animals and Mother Nature.