I am a stay-at-home mommy. I have 4 young sons, and life here is not what I would have imagined 10 years ago, as a newlywed. Hubby and I did live in the country, on a small piece of land, with a nice sized garden. We traveled a little, camping most the time. Not an "uppity" lifestyle, but we were comfortable. We both had jobs, mine was in a RV factory, as is/was prevalent in our area. My high school education job, payed just as well, if not better than my hubby's college education job.
Not that I even imagined 15 years ago that I would be working in a factory. 15 years ago, I was preparing for the" rest of my life"... I was going to college! I was an art major. I had big dreams of becoming an animator for Disney! I actually had connections! So I took off to fulfill my dreams.
Fast forward through the struggles of college: being away from mom and dad for the first time in your LIFE, parties, friends all the time, HARD classes that have NO relevancy to your major, horrible diet, BOYFRIEND.... Ah. Let's put the breaks on here. I met the perfect man after my first year in college, while I was working at home during the summer. FAST FORWARD... that man is my husband.
Marriage happens. Pure happiness.
God in my life, for real this time. Not just KNOWING there was a god, but knowing He was GOD.
Baby boy number 1, now I'm a mother and a stay-at-home mom! Baby boy number 2, I can't believe I have 2 boys. My mom had 4 girls and 1 boy. My mother-in-law had 2 girls and 1 boy. I have 2!!! Sell the first home of our new little family, find out I am pregnant with baby number 3. First broken bone (boy #2). Move. Baby boy number 3. ANOTHER BOY! Broken bone #2 (again on boy #2). Move again. Broken bone #3 (AGAIN on boy #2).
OK. Stop the fast forward... We had now moved into a home that needed LOTS of work and even more love. This time, we had 10 acres, and a barn. We had just looked at the space for the boys to run! We did in fact have 3 boys! Soon after that, you guessed it. Baby. BOY baby. 4 boys. What ARE the chances?! God must really want us to have boys!
Back to being a farmer... It started with a dog. Then some chickens and guineas. Loved this. During the second winter, several chickens died. Problem? Open Barn, wind swept straight through and froze them. We worked on repairing the old barn. And decided to get more chickens. Then since we had a nicer barn, how about something COOL. Like a heritage breed! That's when we got our Jacob sheep...
Now look at me. This morning I was in the barn at 7am, the sun is shining... Last night I DREAMED of planting the rest of my garden. LITERALLY. I smell like the barn as I type. I probably will for a little longer because I am going back out to the garden. I'm not even a FAN of the smell. I have POOP on my boots!!!
Wait. I can't believe I go from dreams of Disney, to a small farm in the Midwest. I dreamed of a beautiful home in Florida, and now I have a nice farm house and a baby goat that thinks he's a dog....
Some days, I just MARVEL at where God takes us. People talk about their lives and where they have been, and sometimes where He ends up taking us is NOT where we thought we would ever be!
I HATE dirt under my finger nails! THERE! I said it! I am a girly-girl. I love to be clean. I like to have cute clothes. I don't like poop, or dirt, or snot, or WORK! I am, by nature, very lazy. I would LOVE to sleep until 9 or 10 am! AH!
So HOW is it that I LOVE being a farmer?
I have gardening gloves. :)
I want more than a life of laziness. Laziness produces nothing. Laziness doesn't feed my family. Some people "don't have time" to have a garden or to raise a few chickens. For MOST people, time has nothing to do with it. It has EVERYTHING to do with priorities. If my priority is to sleep, I WILL get 10-12 hours of sleep! (Imagine!) If my priority is to watch TV, and then feed my family from the drive thru.... that's probably EXACTLY what I will do!
But I want my husband to be blessed. I want my children to be healthy. I want to pass along a good example. I want the Lord to tell me when I enter His gates, "well done...".
So I work beyond my laziness, and I make priorities.
I love putting on those muddy, poopy boots because I love going to the barn and seeing all of those animals that produce food for us. I love gathering the warm eggs. I love pulling warm loaves of bread from the oven. I love when my boys say that my food is good! I love when my husband doesn't have to work so hard, because I worked a little harder.
I love being a farmer. Well, a small scale farmer. And I have set even more priorities. My garden I have BIG plans for... I have plans for the animals too.
Having a small farm is a choice for us. It is not the obvious path of some uneducated Midwesterners. You actually DO need to be educated to decide you aren't going to feed your children the JUNK that supermarkets sell. You aren't going to be happy with the statistics of 1 out of 3 children born after the year 2000 having Diabetes (from Food, Inc. the movie). I am not satisfied with genetically altered seeds, Roundup sprayed on my Roundup ready FOOD. I am NOT satisfied with my hamburger being washed in Ammonia. I will not be a lab rat. I will not allow my children to be lab rats either!
THAT is my priority. THAT is why I have a small farm. That is why I will continue to make priorities, and WORK. I will take one thing at a time, one CHANGE at a time to make my family's lives better. I have a LONG way to go, but my priority is change... Changing back to how God intended.
What are YOU making time for? What are YOUR priorities??? How are you changing your lives for the better?
I would LOVE to hear how you are changing things! Please share what priorities you are making!