I sit here under the trees and stars, the frogs and crickets serenading me as I think about my day.

I woke up warm, a roof over my head.
I ate, good fresh local food at every meal.
I enjoyed the company of friends and family.
I didn’t lack for anything. I had a normal, wonderful day.

Reflecting, these are the things that matter most, any trivial frustrations and disappointments I “suffered” are nothing in comparison to so many. A moment to breathe is all it takes to realize just how lucky we are here, now. This is a moment I won’t take for granted.

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Rachel Baldwin

Rachel Baldwin

Hi. I'm Rachel. I grew up in the Tri-Cities. Been here most of my life, tried to leave for a few years claiming Eugene, OR as a temporary stopping point, but inevitably came back. Something always seems to bring people back here! Go ahead, try it yourself someday, it's uncanny.I'm a backyard chicken farmer, supporter of keeping it local, allergic to gluten, mother to a shining star and wife to a nerd.

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    Thank you for this post.

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    Thank you Becca.