Four years ago, we moved our family out to the woods, on a 10 acre parcel of land. We were excited to have lots of room and plenty of distance from our neighbors. We made the decision to start a farm! Were we crazy, you bet, but this was a something we knew we wanted to do. We knew without a doubt that it would mean lots of hard work, sweat and often times blood (usually mine).
We knew that caring for animals and learning about them would benefit our children. There is something about getting outside and putting in a hard days work, it is great therapy. When I look at old farmers, I admire their work ethic and grit. These are "real men" carrying on traditions that helped make this country great.
I also wanted to learn more about being self-reliant and growing our own food. I knew that this would be a great skill to pass along to our children and incorporate into our homeschool curriculum. There is so much to learn about all the things that God has created, and it is fascinating when you stop and think about it. Standing in my back yard at the end of the day, looking at the animals and plants amazes me.
I work as a developer and stay glued to my laptop all day, which is a great passion of mine. I enjoy learning about how technology works. I have an amazing job, with an amazing team, that allows me to work from home. I can open the windows in the morning and hear my cow and roosters while I work. If I need a break, I can walk outside, spend a few minutes with my animals and come back refreshed and ready to dive back into my work. Having the opportunity to engage in the two things I am most passionate about is a blessing. It creates a great balance and allows me to unplug from the world and plug into the outdoors. We learn new things about farming and animals almost daily, from vet shows like Dr. Pol and some of the many great channels on Youtube.
We will continue to add animals, build better fences, buy new animals and experience new things here on our little farm. If you get the opportunity, volunteer at a farm and you will understand what I am talking about. Plus, I' sure the farmer would appreciate some extra hands.