I had left the work force with the arrival of our oldest daughter years earlier. Committed to raising our children ourselves and homeschooling them, I became a “stay-at-home” mom. For the past 21 years, we have lived on one income. Through God’s provision-we purchased Grand View Farm
eight years ago and dove head first into sheep farming. Though our bank accounts are not overflowing with extra cash, we have lived a life of plenty and have learned how to farm on a shoe string.
Driving cars until they literally die on the side of the road.
Keeping the thermostat turned down low and wearing sweaters.
Heating with wood.
Raising our own meat.
Cultivating the wild apple trees along the edge of the fields.
Making our own maple syrup and then using it to barter with.
Learning how to grow our own vegetables with a book and a spade and then…
Having a huge garden and a huge freezer.
Filling our pantry with canned pickles, relish, jam, and sauce.
Shopping at used book stores and curriculum swaps.
Going camping instead of staying at extravagant resorts.
Shopping at consignment shops and being a year behind in fashion.
Selling at consignment shops and ski swaps.
Buying, selling, and trading on craigslist.
Bartering with neighbors for their goods:
And for their services:
Making slip covers instead of buying new furniture.
Knitting our own sweaters and saying “no thank you” to the department store sweaters.
Constructing outbuildings with reclaimed materials.
to help when the farm gets too big to handle on our own.
Converting part of our farmhouse into a B&B
Opening our farm up to teach others about farming and fiber.
For all of this…I give thanks…