2014 in the Rear View Mirror
What a difference a year makes! This time last year we were anxiously awaiting the opportunity to move into our sweet little home (that’s what I call it — Brad would refer to it differently, I’m sure). So much has happened since then, it only seems right to take a look back so we can give thanks and move on into 2015.
A little background first — Brad and I have been married for 30+ years. We’ve known each other since we were about 10. Brad would want me to tell you that he was 9 — I’m a year older than him and he likes to remind folks of that, especially me. We grew up in a farming community in eastern Kansas, not that our families were exactly farmers. Our families were both city transplants, but loved the rural life and embraced it firmly — gardens, cows (just a few), pigs (my family for a very short-lived experiment), dogs — you get the picture. After getting married, we spent the next 29.5 years living in the suburbs, raising our 3 girls (they’re amazing — one is editing this piece — thanks Jess) and dreaming of one day buying a piece of land to call our own and getting back to our roots.
Fast-forward 30 years and here we are! Land purchased, phase one house built and ready to live the life — which we decided would include operating a very small, boutique-ish CSA. I don’t enjoy research, so it’s a good thing my husband, daughters and son-in-law do! Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it. As they began their research, I got to work…mowing. I like to mow! Good thing because there’s a lot of mowing going on around here.
I’m running out of the word count Jess is allowing me, so here are some highlights from what we’ve learned and experienced this past year:
· Planted fairly large garden with help of Brad’s parents (Don & Alene)
· Too many summer squash — cut back
· Not enough cucumbers — need more
· Deer like all lettuce except Kale (I concur)
· Tomatoes all come at one time – Need a bigger kitchen for canning (that blog will be coming later)
· Need two or three staggered plantings of several things
· Added fish to the pond
· Bee hive installed
And so much more, but I’m in trouble — wrap it up. Now we start planning for 2015 — deciding what to plant, ordering seed, determining the planting schedule, signing up customers (exciting), installing a second bee hive and preparing for chickens. (I love fresh eggs, don’t you?)
I don’t want to forget the “thankful” part before we move on. We’re so thankful to God for answering our heart’s desire and blessing us with this beautiful land.
“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6
We’re thankful for our girls and their guys for delighting in this place with us, for Brad’s parents for sharing their gardening and life experience (as well as much sweat equity) and all our extended family and friends for fun times around the fire every chance we get.