"But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.
"He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said."
And so concludes a favorite trilogy, with a humble hero's return to home - the loyal friend and steadfast helper, who gave every, nearly last ounce for a good thing, for the sake of his companion in need, as only a committed and honest brother-in-arms can do. Samwise Gamgee is one of those endearing characters whose quiet commitment to truth and mettle in daunting moments inspires us to tread on despite the obstacles and sometimes dark storm clouds that threaten the small happiness afforded us here on earth. Sam has good instincts and a knack for seeing the bright side; he's handy, sound, and glad of life. In the end, he holds to the golden hope and wonderful idea of a return to the Shire even if he knows that things can never really be the same. He's one of the ones who gets to go back, and enjoy a second chance in life with newfound peace after trial. As a nod to Tolkien, to Sam and the hobbits, and to his true love awaiting him at home, we have welcomed to Fatima Farm Rosie and Cotton, two lovely, furry, lively little Nigerian Dwarf she-goats, whose bounding curiosity and steady, complacent personalities have brought already much joy!
With full hearts and strident steps we make our small way around our place, picking each other up when we stumble, cheering each other on over the mountains that arise out of molehills of work sometimes, smiling in gladness at day's end when we can enjoy the fruits of a good day's labor, and thanking God for His gifts and help. It isn't always sunshine and roses, but what a blessing it is to have the chance to strive, and the desire to work for the Kingdom! May we remain steadfast in our habits and in our hopes, and may the creatures put under our care thrive, for His glory!
On this little homestead our family aspires to work the land and hand on the Catholic Tradition, walking in wonder and learning to live by the fruits of our labor, in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, who guides us to Him.