We are coming to the close of our first school year on the Farmstead. This year I purchased Simply Charlotte Mason’s Modern History for our family. It was easy to use and effortless to implement with varying grades and ages.
I think this will be my word for 2017. Why? I think there are many circumstances recently that have left many of us wondering where did our dignity go? If you want to change the world, start at home, right?
With our children, on our farm, in our community, I will strive to be dignified and give grace to others that they may find their dignity. It makes it much easier to do this when we look through the lens of our Maker. Now, I know this is hard to accomplish on your own. We have to ask Him to open our eyes that we may see others as made in His image. When we realize others are like us, we can focus on the person and not the sin or situation that bothers us. That is what is supposed to set Christians apart.
Proverbs 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds
Since moving to the Farmstead, my children have fallen in love with our chickens and our puppy. Ok, I have too. The chickens run up to us whenever we go outside because they know I have a treat or I will go back inside and get one. We have had people look at us with a bit of criticism because we “operated” on our rooster’s foot to take care of his bumblefoot. Yes, we do care for our animals. They are a gift and privilege from God to tend. I plan on treating whatever animals we have with dignity as to how they should be handled and kept. We have that sorely lacking in our society today. At the grocery store, we grab things and throw them into the cart and off we go. Who knows what is that?
Responding to my family and community with stateliness and my animals and land with respect and treating them all with worth are simple ways to bring dignity into and an undignified world.
Proverbs 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
After a very rainy Spring here in the Midwest, we were finally able to close on our Farmstead in June. The first few days of waking up without the noise of someone stopping at the stop sign and then taking off like a cannon, to say the least, was blissful. We slept better due to the peace and quiet. This is what I came for.
Not two months after arriving, we couldn’t stop ourselves (ok it was me, but the kids had no restraint either) from purchasing six chicks. We have watched them grow and watched our children grow to care for the well-being of their livestock.
This is what I came for.
On a hot breezy morning, I gathered a spool of clothesline from the laundry room and headed out to the porch. We have projects galore and haven’t invested in a permanent clothesline yet. Not to fear, they are terribly simple to assemble and in a flash the sun and I were drying laundry. This is what I came for.
I love watching my children run as the fall leaves are blown from the trees while they yell, “Look, Mama, SNOW!”. And hearing their squeals as they paddle in the boat on the pond while they are looking for turtles. Or watching the older girls take the littles by the hand and go to their “secret” fort to play. This is what I came for.
I have many hopes and dreams and expectations of what Farmstead life should look like. I can decorate my home to be the envy of any Fixer Upper and plan scrumptious meals with a decorated table like a Pioneer Woman even raise a fabulous Victory Garden but if I leave out the little details I will miss what the Farmstead has to offer. It is the little things that make me pause and breathe. This is what I came for.