Last week, we had several days in a row when our hens' regular egg offerings diminished. Simultaneously, Sweetie kept disappearing. On Thursday, I found her behind the poppies sitting on a clutch of eggs... in the beginning stages of broodiness. I understood. We mamas (hens and women) are often called to gather up our most important "eggs" and keep them warm and nurtured... safe and protected. Not much can get in the way of a broody hen and her eggs! And so it is with us. Chickens, who are consumed with their responsibility , often forgo self-care and just keep tending to their eggs. Reading up on broodiness reminded me of how similar we all truly are. I'm sure you have something/one you're watching over, too. This morning as we all begin a fresh new week, let us remember to take care of our eggs and ourselves! Happy Monday!