Friday, March 16, 2018

Growing in Him - A Farm Devotional

If you've ridden by my corner of the farm lately you'd notice a lot of changes, and if you ride by in weeks to come you'll see even more. I told the farmer one night at dinner that THIS is our year. We will do something big this year. Starting with our little homestead.

When we first moved to this corner of the farm and we moved our house onto the lot, the old wood framed house that was the most perfect example of deep South architecture was torn down. It was pushed into a pile and left on the corner of our lot for a while. That is until my farmer had enough of looking at it. A few weeks ago, he rented some equipment and cleared every bit of it. My yard was looking like something straight out of an apocalypse movie. You know with the smoldering wood in the back and trash, bricks, wood, and old rusted metal sticking up everywhere. It was lovely. (sarcasm.) I'm still working on picking up the metal, trash, wood, and bricks. But I've been finding some cool stuff like vintage bottles, you know the ones that you could take back to get your deposit. Yep, that's the ones. I've found some spoons, forks, a bowl and I even saved the kitchen sink even if it is mangled up (Yes I have plans for it! My husband thinks I'm a hoarder... I just hate to see historical homes being forgotten. I get that from my love of architecture from back in college.) Anyway, so here's why I told you all that.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mother Hen & The Farm Wife

I had so many plans today. I had planned everything out. I had made plans last week to do a recipe article today. I'd start researching recipes on Monday, shop for the items on Wednesday, Make the recipe on Thursday and write on Friday.

But life had other plans this week. Worked late, too tired, forgot to get something, you name it. So here I am, sitting on my couch watching NCIS with the farmer while eating Thai takeout. This is not what I had planned in my Lady of the Farm planner. But this is the reality, not the planned version.

Life as a farm wife can be a bit busy, but it can be beautiful.

Take today for example, I was out cleaning the duck pool at about sundown and the chickens were all beginning to roost. One of my new mother hens called "Fluffy Butt" (F.B.), was chattering up a storm. I walked over to check on her and she and her babies were all talking their "chicken talk". The babies all ran around F.B. as she tried to show them how to walk up the ramp to the coop. I watched her hop up the ramp and chirp for them but they just ran around the ramp in circles. They didn't understand how the ramp works. I watched her three, four, five times before she decided she was done trying. She came out of the coop and went to where her babies were. She plopped down and shoved the babies under her feathers.

I knew that was my chance to help her. I slowly and cautiously walked over to her. She attacks other hens when they get too close to her children. I let her see that I was not going to hurt her and with one swift motion, I scooped her and all three babies up in my hands and I placed the all carefully just inside of the coop. F.B. jumped into her nesting box and the chicks followed trying to hop over the nesting box side.

It's moments like that one that makes this life so much more worth it. A mother hen who was tired, aggravated and had given up any hope of being able to go to her warm nest for the night trusted me enough to pick her up with all three of her little babies and put them to bed. It's small things like that which make this farm life so much better & so beautiful.

Maybe I am the chicken whisperer. 😉

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Springtime on the Farm

The best stories always seem to begin in my kitchen. I was standing at the sink one day trying to get an idea of what to cook for dinner. I just couldn't come up with anything at all! 

I decided that I'd go to gather eggs while I tried to brainstorm up an entire meal before my farmer arrived home. So I pulled my boots on and grabbed my egg gathering basket then I headed to the coop. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Around the Farm: February Edition

Around the Farm: February Edition 

It's been a little while since I wrote anything on a Sunday but it's been such a busy week that I have been behind on EVERYTHING. Today I was finally able to slow down a little bit. Sort of. 

Friday, February 16, 2018