My husband & I have decided that it is also time to downsize our home. Although we’re both young (56 & 53), this huge property will soon be too much for us to maintain. Both physically & financially. We’ve decided to put our property on the market & when it sells, we’ll be looking for something much smaller, easier to maintain & keep up with.
Things happen in the course of a life. We have 3 beautiful grand children in Pennsylvania. Sadly we only see them a few times a year. We have 2 more in the Philippines that we’ve not seen in more than a year. My daughter in Canada will bless us with a grand daughter in April. As I grow older I realize that I want to spend more and more time with our children & grand children. With everyone being so scattered, that involves a lot of traveling.. being away from our dogs, cat & farm animals.
This is a matter that is heavy on my heart. I have a beautiful herd of 6 pet goats, 2 extremely friendly miniature horses & two llamas that work very hard at being attractive lawn ornaments… sadly, in the near future I’ll be looking for homes for them also.
I feel so blessed to have been able to fulfill a life-long dream. I’d wanted a small farm ever since I can remember. As a child my favorite toy was a plastic farm with little plastic animals, fences & fake ponds. At the end of 2007 I was able to start living that dream & I can say that since then, every single molecule of my dream was fulfilled. I owned a camel (how cool is that?), horses – one almost 1000 pounds & two dwarfs that weighed less than 50 pounds! I’ve had various breeds of goats, miniature donkeys, peacocks, turkeys even a Zebu (miniature steer)!
I’ve had the miracle of birth literally fall into my hands – I was present at almost all of my goats’ births. At the other end of the spectrum I’ve had goats breathe their last breaths as I held them. I had the most beautiful & gentle llama die with his head cradled in my arms… Over a hundred little chicks were born here – only a handful of them are still around. I rescued a “retarded” Boer/Nubian kid & not only did I have to bottle feed her, I also had to put food in her mouth & make her “understand” chewing. Annabelle is still around & has a normal little yearling doe!
On a lighter side I’ve transported a gazillion bags of feed from the back of my little truck to my bins inside the barn. I’ve mucked out the goat shed too often to count. I’ve often wondered if it was normal to pay someone to clean my house while I cleaned the barn 🙂
I’ve had the immense joy of bringing my crazy lot to various community events. I’ve seen children’s faces light up as they rode my little pony with the pink tail! I’ve seen mentally challenged seniors cry tears of joy as they held and cuddled a day old kid goat!
Every day I thank the Lord for all the blessings he has showered upon me & my husband. I feel that I have been privileged to have had this immense opportunity to share my life with all of these beautiful creatures. Each miracle of life reminded me of God’s presence in this world. I am always in awe of the beauty, serenity & peacefulness in this valley – an small example of God’s goodness & greatness.
Although I know that without God, this beautiful dream would never have come to fulfillment but my husband Scott is also a big part of this “dream come true”. Without his cooperation and faith in me, none of this could have come together. Throughout this entire process from using the property for the farm, to picking up animals 2 hours away, Scott has always been by my side & supported (sometimes more, sometimes less :-)) each of my “farm” decisions. He’s also kept me grounded & level headed as I would often come up with hair brained ideas & thankfully he was there to talk sense in me, the Crazy Goat Lady! And most importantly, he never complained about the size of the feed bill!
The internet has also played a big part of my farm life. Being able to “blog” and share my thoughts & experiences has been wonderful. It’s also been very satisfying to know that people were actually interested in what I do for fun! I’ve also been able to help a few people – mostly by guiding them to the right source and others just by being kind during difficult & emotional times. What a beautiful thing technology is! Bringing people together that would never in million years have the opportunity to share thoughts & ideas. I’ve made friends as far away as Alaska & as close as 20 miles up the hill… all through my blog & Facebook. You have to admit, that’s awesome!
I believe our home has always been a place of interest for our family, friends & grand children but I’m confident that when the time comes to choose a new place, we’ll find a home that will always be warm & welcoming. There will not be silly goats to laugh at, odd looking llamas or frizzled chickens running around excitedly. But Scott & I will be there with everything we have to offer. I trust that the Lord will continue to bless us in many ways & we look forward to sharing all that we have.
I’m not saying “good-bye” yet. It may take a year or more before it does happen. In the meantime I will continue to enjoy my little farm & our house pets and you, my “cyber” friend!