Friday is finally here y'all! I am so happy to be one day closer to the weekend. As I sat down to review the events of this week I found myself captivated by the ever changing views from my office window. When I work from home I love watching the scenery change from this window. I remember looking out this window on our very first day here with such hope. Knowing that one day we would glance out this window to see our farm dreams become reality.
There are days when I look out and see Jordan working on the farm. It could be anything from training Baxter on his chicken etiquette, feeding the chickens, or riding his tractor. Seeing him on the farm makes my heart so full. I love what this farm is doing in our marriage. It has helped us see each other in a new light. We have always worked in the same place (until moving here) but we never really had to work "together". This farm gives us an opportunity to share something that we have never had before. There are definitely hard moments but we are learning to work together in order to succeed. We both have separate responsibilities on the farm but together we make it run smoothly.
I love the days when I look out the window and everything just looks peaceful. The noise of the world is muffled by the serenity of our farm. It's as if the cares of the world just melt away. You forget about all the hard things for just a moment. I savor those days. I try to capture those moments and share them with you. If you follow our journey on instagram you know my stories are about 80% chicken video's with music that fits the mood of the day. It's what I love. Farm serenity.
Then there are days when I look out and see storms. The storms may be literal tornado warnings or maybe in the form of a semi-truck getting stuck in our yard. Yes that happened this week. These are the moments that toss our peaceful farm into disarray. They echo the reminder, "constant vigilance". You never know what storms life may throw at you. You just have to be prepared and if necessary work to find a solution. Like waiting 3 hours for a tow truck to rescue the poor driver from our yard during a torrential down pour.
Of course you will have days that look peaceful but really are quite the opposite. The snow looks so pretty when you are bundled up inside next to your fireplace, or in my case an electric heater. But these wintery nights bring me much concern. Will my chickens be warm enough? What does chicken frostbite look like? If they get frostbite, what do I do about it? How is Madeline doing with the cold? Since Baxter has to be inside, will he forget that he is an outside dog? Welcome to my brain... all day, every day. I love my animals and want each one of them to live happy, healthy lives. So anything that threatens to disrupt that sends my analytical brain into overdrive. The thing that keeps me sane is knowing that we have done everything we know to do to keep our animals and ourselves safe.
The lessons we learn every day on this farm help us become better farmers and better humans. I am by no means an expert but I hope that this blog helps you see that you don't have to be an expert to start working toward your dream. I am so thankful for all the farmers who shared their journey's. Those farmers helped us start with confidence. Maybe your dream isn't farming but when you look out your window and find yourself daydreaming about (fill in the blank), what are you doing to make that dream a reality?
How can I pray for you this week?
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For the super curious... here was the semi situation
The driver slide off the driveway and got stuck. He called in another driver but that was unsuccessful...
Almost 3 hours later the tow truck arrived...
Both trucks made it safely down the driveway, just in time for a torrential rain storm!