I wear two hats with different names: Madison Woods when I’m wearing the artist hat, Roxann Riedel in real life and real estate. I'm a rock-smashing paint-making artist & a sales agent for Montgomery Whiteley Realty. Hailing from the wild Ozarks in Kingston, Arkansas where my husband and I work toward a sustainable lifestyle.

You can text or call to reach me by either name (see above):
(479)409-3429, or email madison@wildozark.com

Gratitude to all of my family, friends, and followers and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Thanksgiving 2020

May your day be filled with abundance and gratitude. I have a lot to be thankful for, and the love and health of family is at the top of my list. I have a husband who is my anchor, best friend, and companion even while on the other side of the world. It’s hard to express how grateful for that I am. My parents are still a part of my life, and our grown children are all at stable points in their lives. These are so very important and I’m thankful.

My heart aches for those who are aching. This year has been incredibly difficult for many people all over the world.

Rob is still overseas and begins his journey homeward Tuesday morning. So very thankful for that!

We’re not having a large family gathering this year. I am, however, baking a pumpkin pie. It’s so far been quite amusing. This is my first time making one, and I started with a pumpkin fresh from the ones my son grew this year. I had no idea it would take so long from start to finish… I’m not even nearly to the ‘finish’ line with it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and thank you for being a part of my life.

Here are some of the small blessings, after the bigger things like family, friends, shelter, and food are accounted for. These are small things, often overlooked, but extremely welcome in my life. I feel such gratitude for some of these simple things, because I’ve had opportunities to experience time without some of them. And some of them I know without needing to experience the lack that I wouldn’t want to do without. Many of these are things that others live without as part of their normal lives.

  • wilderness right outside my door
  • abundance of creative inspiration
  • running spring water to serve our household
  • warm water for baths at night
  • space to grow a garden
  • firewood to heat our home
  • hay for the horses
  • a sense of belonging
  • good neighbors

What small things are you thankful for, once the big ones like love, companionship, and family are acknowledged?

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