Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Weekend at the Farm

Acts 20:35 NIV
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

This past weekend we had the honor and privilege of farm sitting for our friends at Stonefield Organic Farm, a local Community Supported Agriculture farm.  It was fun getting to "play farmers", and we were blessed that everything went smooth.  Here's a quick recap in pictures of the adventures we had!

Sunrise, this is the view from my bed of the sun rising up behind the new hoop house.  The hoop house is a giant greenhouse that currently houses strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers.

The carrots are popping up!  All plants need water to grow and on this 7 acre farm there is a LOT of watering to be done.  Lucky for me I had a great helper along for the task!  The small hoop house in the background is full of little seedlings, large tomatoes, some trees, and many other happy plants.  This also is where the repotting takes place at a wonderful little work station.

We had a minor little car incident a couple of weeks ago while on a road trip to Missouri.  A salvage yard on the way to the farm happened to have the new headlight and side view mirror we needed (in the right color!), and my husband spent a few hours getting our car good as new again.  It was great having room to spread out and get the job done, and I am blessed to have such an amazingly talented husband who could take off and replace the bumper without batting an eye!  Thanks, Tim!

This was taken outside of our son's school after our weekend at the farm.  The Superman S has been part of our car for a while now, and we all love it!  See the new headlight and side view mirror, can't even tell they were busted up before.  = )

One of our son's favorite things to do at the farm is to collect scraps from the garden and kitchen and feed them to the chickens and turkeys.  He's got quite the throwing arm!

Our son Seamus, with his best friend and trusty mate at the farm, Bella.

The local cowboy church hosted a Fall Harvest Festival while we were out there so we stopped by for some fun!  Seamus got to sit inside a real fire truck, won a game of ring toss, and collected way more candy than any child should have.  Good times!  Oh, and I won a game of "shoot the nerf gun bullet into the jack-o-lantern."  That's right, mama's a good shot!

And here's me in the firetruck, too!

Tim relished the opportunity to spend hours sharpening knives, something he loves to do but rarely gets the opportunity.  There's something about being out in the country that just has you slow down a bit, and enjoy the little things of life.

Everyone has their jobs at the farm.  One of Seamus' favorite jobs is to collect the chicken eggs, about 3 dozen a day!  He especially loves when he finds a special tiny egg like this one.  Yum!

Big 'ol turkeys, roosting for the night.

Sunset view from the front porch looking across the street.  Seamus took this one, I'd say he's quite the photographer!  Ahh, breathe it in.  Good night, farm.

I pray that you take the time to "slow down and smell the roses" this week.  Try getting up early to watch the sun rise.  Go out at night and star gaze.  Find a local farm or community garden where you can volunteer and take home some fresh goodies.  Or just go for a walk in your neighborhood or a local park.  Live the dream today, right now, wherever you are.

Yours truly,

Country Mama Hippie Chic
AKA Brandi Schunk

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