Life Lessons from the Farm

Farming isn't the easiest thing to do. Ask any farmer- they'll tell you the same thing. It's challenging mentally, financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically. It'll pull you in a hundred different directions within an hour.

I understand that this is a soap and candle business, but farming is at the heart of what I do and how I live. It's not a large-scale farm but I never wanted it to be. When our kids were young, we raised all of our own animals for meat, a large garden for veggies, a few trees in an orchard, and a small berry patch. For the most part, now that they are grown and flown, we've downsized. There's always a cow in the pasture, chickens in the coop for eggs, goats for milk (and entertainment), and in the summer, chickens in the hoop house for meat- but not as many of each now that it's just the two of us here.

There are many lessons to be learned from living on a farm- not the least of which is patience. But also endurance, consistency, adaptability, confidence, faith, when to press in to the season to see it to the end and when to cut losses and move on. But what I think is the biggest lesson I've ever learned is that no matter what, the sun really does shine after rainy days.

The week this little goat was born was a very challenging week due to the heartbreaking loss of another goat to a mysterious illness a day earlier. When that goat, Hoosier, died, I lost 1/3 of my milking herd. I also lost my favorite goat. But then this cutie was born the next day. I decided to name her Tink because it will help me remember the magic and the goodness of what I do. Because losing the wonder would make it harder. I never want to lose the wonder or the love of what I do. I’m not placing my emotions on a goat but I am using her as a tangible reminder that the blue skies still happen after rainy days. That's a reminder we all need sometimes.

I hope you all have a day where you remember that it's a beautiful day to Live.Simple...it's a way of life.

 


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