I know! What would be a month for us when we didn’t add animals to our farm?
We added two new calves on Friday! It was so fun to hang out in the barn and meet these new guys. It’s easy to not hang out in the barn and do other things, but we always appreciate it when we do. See BenBen below…
The animals know that he loves them!
On the farm, we have talked about leaning our enterprises and doing only what we value most. We might get out of goats. We might go to more beef cows plus one dairy cow for us. All just ideas. We never talk about getting rid of cows altogether! The only definite change is selling a bunch of laying hens. We want to have our own eggs, but at $3 a dozen, we are losing money on any we sell. So we’ll keep only enough to feed us and stop selling them.
It’s finally play-outside weather here! Last night, on a wonderful, short family hike, I felt so content. Sammy can hike himself now, which leaves just Micah to carry. The kids know that we hike and they love it. I felt excited for the adventures and fun ahead of us this summer.
And I guess that is where I am today…excited for what is ahead. Overall, I am trying to be faithful with what I know I should do. I often want to hold onto everything (I love adding more!) and keep going forward but at times, I have to let go too. I want to hold onto the goats for various reasons, but if we need to, I can’t know what opportunities letting go will open up. We aren’t getting rid of goats right now, but it’s a possibility that I have worked through.
I am trying gardening for someone else. We are trying to make transition with our rental properties. I am still cleaning things out of our house, because that is what I do. I saw a friend’s house that is on the market and it looks so fantastic…and pared down. I love the lightness of entering a simplified house. I want to be more proactive in loving the people around us. It’s all good stuff.
I am not someone who works in fits and starts. I am the person who plods along at a steady pace and I love doing a little bit every day. Most of our activities have only a month left until they end for summer, and part of me feels sad because I love what we do. Hannah has her goal of what to finish for this school year. The recitals are on the calendar. And then everything will change again!
What’s ahead this month? A visit from friends in Colorado! Hosting a tea party. Running club. Book clubs. Seeing Mary Poppins as a play. Gardening. And hopefully a few hikes and picnics.
From the bookshelf:
- The Shepherdess of Elk River Valley by Margaret Duncan Brown
- 12 Journeys in Maine by Wesley McNair
- Free to Parent by Ellen Schuknecht and Erin MacPherson
Are you ready for the end of school and activities? What are you looking forward to this month?