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October 21, 2020


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Nature is Good Medicine

On Sunday evening I usually try to map out my week. This week was going to be a full one and would require committed planning. But, it doesn't take much to become uncommitted and have your regimented schedule tossed out the window. As a rancher and a small business owner, being flexible is a necessity.

On Monday night my son-in-law Colton asked if I could be at their house at 7:00am to care for the boys. I shifted my plans, to take on my favorite job of being a grandma. 

The weather has been cold here, but Tuesday morning, although chilly, it was calm and the sun and sky were both trying to show themselves. Getting outdoors was a must, so we bundled up and set out for a nature walk, complete with four dogs and four cats who follow the little boys everywhere. 

On our journey we investigated homes where wild things live. The damp air smelled of wet earth and dried leaves - peppered with hints of sage as we walked crushing it with our boots.

We stopped and looked at the mosaic of grasses and played along Spring Creek, throwing rocks into the water, watching the ripple effects in the mirrored stream.

The boys climbed trees with leaves bleached by the sun that hung like tiny wind-chimes, making soft rustling sounds in the occasional puffs of wind.

We headed back to do our chicken chores, which included the favorite job of gathering eggs. Now mud covered and wet, we settled into snacks and hot chocolate, before the homeschooling lessons began. 

We had a different email scheduled for today, which seemed heavy during these uncertain times. After my morning nature adventure with my grandchildren, which made me feel like I had basked in sunshine - I wanted to share it with you.... thinking that you might need a little sunshine too.


Santana Tamarak

October 21, 2020

sweet, thanks


October 21, 2020

So well done. Just the remedy for sadness and being cooped up for months.
Thanks, Jill and children

Kathleen Treanor

October 21, 2020

Thank you for taking us with you on that beautiful morning outdoor adventure!


October 21, 2020

Just what the doctor ordered! Beautiful family… beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing😊


October 21, 2020

Thank you, Jill. We and Nature are one and the same……………..


October 21, 2020

Left me wishing I was one of the grankids :)
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful pictorial!

G. Harvey

October 21, 2020

Very special for children to have nature be part of the saying “ it takes a village” .
Nature is an excellent and wise teacher.

Missing puzzle though; where is grampa Dan? The one that can interpret nature’s language in words and deed.we have benefited so much from this man.

Peggy Detmers

October 21, 2020

Wonderful share! Joel and I visit our local state and national parks, with our picnic lunches, to feel a bit of normalcy as CoV-19 increases in our communities.

Liz Aicher

October 21, 2020

Thanks for sharing your morning! It was wonderful!

Marie Tesch

October 21, 2020

Reminded me of my childhood growing up in the country. Thanks. This should help others who are struggling with homeschooling. When the student is ready the teacher will appear.

Donna Fisher

October 21, 2020

Ahhhh! Kids, pets, nature and a loving grandma. Thanks, Jill.

Don Meyer

October 21, 2020

Thanks Jill for your very uplifting message which cheered me up no end! Times are very hard for all of us now, and your wonderful pictures and words about your grandsons and the fun you had lifted me up a whole lot.
I put you and all your dear ones in the arms of God.
Love, Don

Keith Lewis

October 21, 2020


You’re a wonderful writer and a wonderful photographer—and a wonderful grandma—raising up another generation with a passion for nature—so vital for the future of the planet. Thank you so much!

Keith Lewis

Fee Jacobsen

October 21, 2020

Lifted my spirits on this cold snowy morning. Lucky boys! Thanks Jill.


October 21, 2020

Those cats!

Alan Anderson

October 21, 2020

Aren’t grandchildren invigorating?! and wonderful to be with?

Joe Massa

October 21, 2020

Need to get that boy a USD stocking cap and rid of the N!


October 21, 2020

Nothing more special than grandkids.
Your photography is beautiful and it was so nice to see autumn In South Dakota.

Linda Clark

October 21, 2020

Hey, two wonderful nature writers in the same family; when Grampa Dan isn’ available, you’ll do very nicely, Jill, thank you very much! And with your photos to illustrate them all, what a treat!

Grant Price

October 21, 2020

Lucky boys!

I think walking in the woods looking for birds has been our sanity anchor for 2020.

Carol love

October 21, 2020

I enjoyed the walk, too. Thanks!! The boys are growing so!

William Spencer

October 21, 2020

AHHHH, the inspiring and insightful life we have all but forgotten in these troubled times! Thank you.

Penny Gray

October 21, 2020

Good medicine, indeed! Thanks for the sunshine, Jill. Much appreciated.

Jane Murphy

October 22, 2020

Beautiful words and images – thanks, Jill! And those boys…

Bob Maccargar

October 22, 2020

Beautiful story Jill. Thank you for taking the time to share it :)


October 23, 2020

I felt as I was on your walk with you and could hear those little voices in the background.
Thanks for giving me a short reprieve to my busy morning.

Chris and Kim

October 24, 2020

Beautifully written Jill! As often stated, when we are all long gone, those children and grandchildren are our legacy. Nothing more priceless than making a difference in the life of a child.
Best wishes from SC – Chris and Kim


October 31, 2020

Love the photos of the landscape that surrounds you. Where I live in Pittsburgh the 5 days of rain has stopped giving us sun after a heavy first frost, but pictures of the prairie/grasslands of North Dakota as we all hunker down everywhere (please wear your masks wherever you go!) is a much needed break from our day to day anxieties in this year of troubles. Thank you for sharing part of your life out there. We love North Dakota and have recently been volunteers in Medora and camped in Theodore Roosevelt National Park – great memories.

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