Special Delivery Brings Life Reflections

| 10/28/2011 11:34:36 AM

Suzanne HeadshotUsually when I sit down to write I have a ton of ideas about different livestock topics, gardening, cooking, and other farm related activities. This past week has been a little different for us here on the farm though. So for a change of pace, this time we’ll talk family, farm and why we do what we do. Last Wednesday, we had a very special delivery arrive. Cierra Leann arrived at lunch time that day weighing 9 lbs. 14 oz!

  Cierra Leann on the scale 9 pounds 14 ounces 

Cierra and I both made a quick recovery from what was a pretty easy and uneventful birth, despite her size. Friday evening we all came home to spend our first night together as a family of five. Saturday morning was a bright, clear, warm day. Though we had a huge list of things to get done, nobody really felt like doing much. Cierra had her days and nights mixed up horribly, and I think the only one of us that managed to get much sleep that weekend was the dog! Still, life on a farm means working even when you don’t feel like it.

The next few days and nights brought more of the same. Sleepless nights and days full of farm chores. The kids were thrilled when the baby and I took short walks outside. They would follow us from place to place telling the baby all about the animals, what they were, what sounds they made, and what they were used for. William took my spot as “potato picker” with Daddy and helped gather up 3 rows of sweet potatoes before the rains came. Such a big job for a 4 yr. old! Macey stepped up to help feed animals and gather eggs. Neither complained when lunch was a simple sandwich and dinner was late. My fear that they would quickly resent the baby hasn’t come to pass yet, and they both seem thrilled to have a new addition to the family.

Andrew and I are now used to taking shifts through the night. Things are calming down and a new routine is being established. We are now past that rough first week and I must say things are going pretty well.

  Cierra at 1 week old 

Suzanne Cox
11/1/2011 5:17:23 PM

Thank you Cindy and Cheryl! Cheryl these days the general public doesn't understand anyone who doesn't do things the "easy" way. And it is just much easier to go buy a can of green beans at Walmart than it is to can it yourself! But as you know, it is much more rewarding (and healthier!) to do it ourselves. I plan on doing a blog update regarding this in the next couple of weeks. Hope you come back and join us then!

Cheryl in Texas
10/31/2011 1:28:41 PM

Suzanne, what you wrote really hit the nail on the head. While my husband and I don't have children (other than adopted furry kids), we both have a strong desire to live a more sustainable lifestyle and know where our food comes from, to be good stewards of the land we are privileged to own and animals we'll someday own. At my city job, no one can understand why we undertook the backbreaking work of cleaning fencelines that had been neglected for years...but a neighbor down the road complimented us on them straight away. He too understood and didn't have to ask "why". They don't understand why we go to the trouble to make our own jams when you can just go to the store and buy it. But anyone who has created their own food and preserved knows perfectly why we do it. Thanks for your poignant writing!

Cindy Murphy
10/31/2011 11:58:22 AM

Congratulations, Suzanne, to you, your husband, and your two other children.

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