Sunday, December 5, 2010

all here

Something changed. I'm not sure exactly when it happened, or how it happened, but something changed here. For years I have been living this country life. I've had chickens, gardens, fiddles, and dogs. I've kept sheep, a goat, rabbits, I even have a pig in my barn now...but no matter how others saw it, or what it truly was—it always felt like some sort of feral and eccentric backyard. Not anymore.

Some time between packaging up the wool for CSA subscribers, and emailing back and forth with the Scottish Blackface breeder: this small acreage turned into a working farm. My entire mind shifting into accepting it, and shifted fast. Like a 50-pound bag of feed flopping over in the back seat of your car on a sharp-turn: the state of things changed. That simple. That fast.

Years in the making, months of hard work, days of panic and worry, and hours of prayer. This is my farm. You can argue with that, but you'd be punching underwater.

19 Comments:

Blogger daisy said...

Relish every moment! Change is a good thing.

December 5, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

congrats, You have arrived.

December 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Congrats Jenna! So happy for you. Does it finally feel like home now too?

December 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I can't wait for that feeling. Right now it just seems like an over-exposed dream. I'm still so hung up on 9-5's that having a farm that would and could sustain us just seems impossible.

It might not mean a lot but I'm proud of you Jenna. You're my modern day hero.

December 5, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

it is absolutely home.

December 5, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

Congratulations! I bet that's a fantastic feeling. You've worked hard, and deserve it.

December 5, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Sense of Home said...

Thank you for allowing us to join you on your journey, by association we have also changed along the way.

December 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

"Years in the making, months of hard work, days of panic and worry, and hours of prayer. This is my farm."

This is a beautiful way to sum it all up, and I imagine that all of us doing the same can say something very close to this. Congrats, Jenna. Enjoy the ride.

December 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger 6512 and growing said...

I just finished your Made from Scratch book. And my, how things have changed since you were raising your first hive of bees and small flock of chickens on rented land in Idaho.

Congratulations and may the very notion of Home and Farm warm you through these cold months.

December 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

Congratulations, Jenna. Ain't it grand!

December 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Yes! It's wonderful to stop and look around at the barns and the animals and say,"This is exactly where I want to be." You have a lot of people cheering you on.

December 5, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Look how much has changed since last holiday season when you delivered french toast baskets in the sleigh with Annie and Jazz. I'm proud of you too and, like Sense of Home says, we have all changed (in good ways) by association with you. Thank you.

December 5, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Maery Rose said...

I read this post with a bit of a lump in my throat. I wasn't a homesteader like you, just living on 10 acres with my horses, but I had to move to the city after a divorce. But you make your home wherever you are. Congrats on your achievements!

December 5, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

SO PROUD!! There's nothing like doing something and knowing you were born to do it. Good on you, Jenna!

December 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

Congratulations Jenna, so happy for you - it's not often we get to see someone have their dreams come true! Relish it, bask in it's glory - you deserve it!

December 5, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Goatldi said...

Won't argue. You are earning your stripes. But you aren't done yet. Keep going. Shall we hear from you in 25 years? That will do.

December 5, 2010 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Congrats!! Long time (silent) reader but have to say YAY to you! You make me want to learn to knit (not going to happen, ambidextrous and dyslexic...not a good combo w/sharp needles and short temper, LOL) with your beautiful yarns. Maybe I can find someone to knit me something ;). Anyway, keep up the good work.

December 6, 2010 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

It must be such a wonderful, contented feeling. ((hugs)) Congratulations doesn't do justice to this milestone... namaste

December 6, 2010 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Happy to hear that! I'm glad that feeling finally came to you.

December 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

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