Every New Beginning comes from Some Other Beginning's End

| 7/30/2010 3:52:00 PM

A Sell Family PortraitAs I was preparing to write this monumental blog post, I toyed with different titles. The one above came to me just now and I realized there could be no other. It is a line from a song that was popular when I was in high school, "Closing Time" by SemiSonic. The context of the song is completely unrelated to our lives here, but the line itself is universally true.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

And so, Andrew and my time at Foxwood Farm has ended. Our beginning, just a scant two years ago, has taught us more than any university or master's program could have hoped. With the grace of God, we have built a thriving business out of nothing. We have expanded our family from three to (going on) five. And we have met so many wonderful people both in person and online; blessings beyond comprehension; life lessons, horrible mistakes, amazing accomplishments and satisfying evenings of exhaustion.

This blog will be in two parts: What happens to us? and What happens to the farm? Let's start with us.

As you well know, we have been working with my parents to come to a smooth transition for ownership of this land. We were up against a lot of hurdles as we had no equity, no savings and some college debt. My parents graciously worked with us as we transitioned from an outside income to direct consumer sales. Still, with fresh milk being outlawed like cocaine, we found that our sales reached a certain level and plateaued (as we could not advertise). We could not get past a certain income level and therefore, our plans of ramping up our rental payments to my folks were in a holding pattern.

Time grew long and patience grew thin. We began exploring options with financing a loan and land contracts but kept returning to the fact that our income stream would not support those plans without supplemental income (read: Off-farm job). With the workload mainly on Andy, and the childrearing mostly on me, loans and other jobs didn't seem very possible.

8/2/2010 2:49:54 PM

CONGRATULATIONS! God is good. My wife and I are contemplating some transition as we have hit a wall ourselves in where Odom's Idle Acres will go from here and how we will be a part of it. Anyone that said farming/homesteading/commercial gardening wasn't hard...well, they just haven't been tested yet. hahahaha. I wish y'all the best and I know you will meet with success! -Drew www.anotherkindofdrew.com

Rodeo Princess
8/1/2010 9:10:50 AM

Happy Trails to YOU!

Nebraska Dave
7/31/2010 7:39:16 AM

@Becky & Andy, Isn't it amazing how one day it looks like there's just no way things will work out and the next day things happen that cause wonder and excitement toward the future. You and your family stand on the brink of a whole new exciting adventurous path of life. All the hopes and dreams that you have worked so hard for, that didn’t look like were going to happen, is now unfolding right before your very eyes. It will be a busy month for sure filled with lots of activity. It’s never easy to transition out of one business into another. Thanks for sharing your major life transition. Congratulations and the best of luck on your move.

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