In this episode, we discuss some thoughts both Sean and I have been wrestling with lately – the reality of living on a farm is settling in (along with US settling in to our new life) and it’s a really good & difficult transition. We hope that a glimpse into our process helps anyone that might be dealing with the same issues.
We also share some “farm firsts”: New puppies! Losing said puppies! Making chicken nesting boxes!
And, of course, we answer some of our awesome listener questions: Is it so hard being away from friends and family? How do we keep weeds out of our vegetable beds? Did we think of moving to other states? What the heck did you do with guinea fowls on the roof?
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In this episode we catch you up on the last few weeks (sorry for the delay in episodes!) and try to answer some questions we have received from you!
We touch on the balancing act of parenting-homeschooling-farming, what it is like looking for a new church, how we found our Virginia realtors and if our girls are robots when it comes to farm death (ha!)
It’s a fun episode and we look forward to our next one (which will hopefully be released in a timely manner!)
There is so much beautiful literature at our fingertips! Just think about how difficult it was for people to get their hands on good books, even just 60 years ago. Now, with the invention of the internet and audiobooks, the library system, and at-home delivery…you can give your children the WORLD!
When moving to a farm (and even when we were living in the city) I loved to expose my girls to a life outside of concrete and industrial neighborhoods. It was important that our home library was filled with books describing animals, insects, rolling hills, pastures & countryside farms.
I’ve put together two small collections for you to preview. The first are picture books, geared towards younger children (say 3-8), but my oldest daughter (soon to be 11) still enjoys sitting and listening as I read them aloud. Each is precious, my favorites being “Ox-Cart Man”, and “The Farm Book.”
The second collection is for more advanced readers (ages 8 and beyond), exposing themselves not just to “farm life” but life in the great outdoors. The idea that all of life doesn’t occur inside a city block is new to so many kids that live in the city – it’s a gift to expose them to nature, trials of farm/rural living and the abundance of God’s creation.
I’ve provided links to each of the books pictured, if you would like to purchase them from Amazon, but many could also be found at your local used book shoppe!
I hope you enjoy each of these lovely books. I know your sweet kiddos will!
There are literally HUNDREDS of titles I could share – so many beautiful books available that have amazing nature themes + farm references or settings. This is simply a beginning if you are looking to start sharing the delight of country life to your kiddos!
Enjoy (and share any of your favorites in the comments!)
In this episode we begin by apologize whole-heartedly for our two week sabbatical from recording – we’ve had a lot going on around the farm, and it’s been next to impossible to find a spare moment to dig out the microphones and put out a new episode!
But we are back and sharing what is happening around these parts…
We talk about the reality of farm life – sickness, work loads, homeschooling, and visitors. Sharing how some amazing things have happened (two sets of visitors in a week was awesome!!) and how we celebrated Sean’s 40th birthday.
We also touch on farm firsts (repairing a mower tire!) and farm fails (dead guinea fowl)…..and give a glimpse into some really wonderful growth we are seeing in our children, since moving.
It was a fun episode of catching up and sharing the real and good parts about life.
In this episode, we cover all the normal “happenings” around the farm – some “farm firsts” like cutting our first beds for our eventual vegetable/fruit/flower garden & mapping out our fruit orchard. Rachel makes bone broth, and we chat about those darn guinea fowl!
We also take some time and discuss the intersection of our plans/goals/dreams and God’s bigger picture. How do those two things collide and how do we dream big while making sure the Lord is in control and leading us? And what does all this have to do with killing wasps?!! Have a listen and find out!
In episode 9 we cover a lot of ground. We share some “farm firsts,” including our first vegetables (!!!!!) which was very exciting and a few embarrassing moments (but one that we can certainly learn from!)
We nosedive into this week’s topic which all centers on the idea of “failure” and how that can really paralyze us from trying new things and learning. We try and share encouragement for those of us who struggle to start something if we can’t perfect it – accepting that “good enough” sometimes is very perfect!
We added a new segment to the show called, “Up Next On the Farm” and we share a potential new farm member: a pot belly pig!
In this episode we talk about some difficult “firsts” that we encountered this week. The passing of our beloved family dog, “Molly”, our first tick bite (YIKES!) and Sean’s new zero-turn mower! It was a big week for us in the “firsts” category, but we learned a lot.
We also tackle the commonly asked question, “Why Virginia?!” and share some personal thoughts on why we made the move from city to country. It’s a big topic, but we tried to be transparent about our motivation behind this huge leap and encourage other people who are evaluating their environment and possibly seeking God’s wisdom toward a new direction.
In this episode, we share this week’s “first”, which is that our Guinea Fowl arrived! All 20 of them came via USPS, and gave the entire post office quite an active morning! We answer some Q&A’s and Sean shares what God is teaching him through the process of soil preparation – it may be late in the evening, but we go deep and really examine how patience and laying a good foundation is essential to both farming, growing, and our own spiritual life. It’s a great episode (we think, at least!) Have a listen!
*Shout-out to anyone who knows the reference of our post title!*
We’ve been in Virginia for a little over three weeks and are LOVING it here! We can’t believe that it’s gone by so quickly – in some ways we feel like we’ve been here forever, and in other ways, we feel like we just landed.
In Episode 6 we discuss, of course, some “farm firsts”, including our new chicks (!!!), dealing with the Southern heat, our first house guest, and rolling to Costco in filthy work clothes. We share some new projects we are working on and also answer a question from a listener in our “Q&A” segment. It’s been a fun week at the farm and we are happy you are following along!
In our fifth episode we were supposed to talk about our new chickens but……
They didn’t arrive on time *sad trombone*. This event actually made for a perfect road into the topic we ended up speaking about: PATIENCE! Both Sean and myself are learning that patience is cultivated on the farm – in so many ways – and it’s been a great lesson for us. We share about small projects we are picking up around the homestead & how that is forcing us to look at the long game, slow down, and think about our purpose.
We also talk about a few new “firsts” we experienced and some resources that have helped us at this beginning of this journey. And! We added a new segment where we answer some of the many questions we get, from listeners. If you have a question, send it to us via Instagram or comments and we will add it to the list and hopefully answer it on an upcoming episode!