Farmer Downtime

| 1/5/2009 4:54:00 PM

Tags: Farming, Elly,

It's here. It's finally here. That fabled "farmer downtime" that the experienced folk have been telling us about. Andy and I have been blessed with an incredibly busy last year and now ... we have the time to sit down, sip some green tea and think about it all.

Of course, everyone gets a little reminiscent near the end of the year and this being the end of the year today, I figured I would share a little from my heart.

Except, I'd like to look back two years; starting at November of 2006. (Don't worry, this won't take all day!)

Home in Colorado

Two years ago, Andy and I had just unpacked our moving van in time for Thanksgiving and were beginning anew in Wisconsin. We had just left jobs, our lovely home (above), friends and family in Colorado Springs for this vague dream of revamping the family farm. I was 4 months pregnant with our first baby and planning a new career as a stay-at-home freelance designer. Andy had taken a sales job in a city 40 minutes north and rejoined the corporate race.

We lived comfortably off my random income and his small wages, passively reading about farming and beginning to take an interest in locally grown foods. Our interest grew and expanded into other areas of our lives. We looked into sustainability, certifying organic and the Slow Food movement. We also joined a birthing class that taught us to have our first child without the aid of pain medication. That philosophy, called the Bradley Method, woke us up to the importance of nutrient-dense, healthy, raw foods in a woman's diet (and everyone else's)!

Caleb Regan
1/7/2009 3:56:45 PM

Wow. What a terrific post! In a time and world of struggle, it's great to hear about an experience where, through work, things are working out. It's pretty obvious both of you are hard workers, which is such an admirable trait. Little Elly has two great role models.

Becky and Andy
1/6/2009 8:15:22 AM

Thank you Paul! That's the kind of encouragement from people around us that has helped keep us going. We appreciate it so much! May you have a prosperous New Year as well! Becky

Paul Gardener
1/5/2009 5:43:43 PM

I've said it before...You are both an inpiration in faith and pure guts! Thanks for sharing and may the new year bring you much success! P~

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