Finding Home

| 10/4/2013 2:47:00 PM

Transitional TraditionsThe last time I posted, I was talking about a trial that Andy and I had just been released from being witnesses in. The trial was for Vernon Hershberger and at the time of the post, it was unclear the result. Most thought he would be jailed and fined to the full extent of the law. A few of us hoped and prayed he would come out victorious.

Having the cushion of several months, I can tell you that Vernon did indeed come out victorious. Despite every attempt by the prosecution and the judge to strangle out the details, the jury of peers acquitted him of three out of four counts of criminal activity and violations. Then, once released from the trial, over half of the jury learned the "whole truth" of the story and came to Vernon's sentencing. Four or five of them wrote personal letters to the judge asking for leniency on the sentencing because in their words, had they known what the trial was actually about [not violating regulations but food freedom and raw milk], they would have acquitted Vernon of all four counts. The state, on the other hand, asked for punishment to the full extent of the law. The judge said that never in his career had jurors returned to him after a case was decided and asked him to change their decision.

This moved him so much that he only fined Vernon a nominal amount based on the fourth count, and one of the jurors along with two of his farm members paid the fine in full on the spot. The whole event ended with the crowds singing "Amazing Grace" on the court steps.

Three of the jurors became members of Vernon's farm buying club.

Wow. Just wow. A testament to the court system actually doing its job and the effect ordinary people can have on the lives of others if only they just stop and give a darn!

I had to conclude that story for you because our own tale takes on a very interesting turn. I mentioned casually that we were moving the week of Vernon's trial from our rental home in Oshkosh. It was casual because at the time I thought I might be sending an epic blog post to you all about how we stumbled into a house with seven acres right across the street from Foxwood Farm. That's right, our old neighbor was calling it quits due to age and failing health and wanted a quick sale. And because the place is in a minor state of disrepair, we were approved for a home loan with a mortgage payment far less than what we were paying in rent in Oshkosh! It seemed too good to be true. And so we didn't really believe it until we finally closed in mid-June.

Veronica Vatter
10/9/2013 4:10:25 PM

Congrats, you two! I love how excited kids get when they can pick their own food, like easter year round. I love to take the kids at my house apple picking, even when we all get tummy aches from eating too many while picking. BTW It was great to meet you at the MEN Fair!

10/6/2013 7:37:32 AM

Becky & Andy, it's always great to read an update about your life journey. There have been many direction changes in the past few years but it looks like finally you have found what you have been looking for. God is good, isn't He. ***** The results from the trial almost brought tears to my eyes. Especially, the statement from the judge and the response of the jurors. I'm looking forward to reading about the development of your newly acquired potential. You are so fortunate to have a pond for water and fish. ***** Have a great fall homestead work day.

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