"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, July 5, 2010

Farm Life Reflections

The transformation is complete. We truly are a farm family in action, in thought, and in deed. I know when we bought the property and named this corner of the world Double Nickel Farm we were certainly painting a mural of something we thought was far in the future. After digging out one mesquite bush, I knew that we may never grow or raise anything but mesquite in this dry arid land, but couldn't quit trying.

Our first farm critter, Colonel Sanders was a rooster we picked up from a couple who listed him in the local paper, as "free to good home, friend and rooster." The kids and I drove up the mountain and spent time with the older couple who were parting with a dear friend. We were certain we could raise this guy, and on the drive down to the canyon where we live I thought to myself, yep, I am a farmer's wife now!

Since Colonel Sanders (who is still thriving with all the harems we have provided), we have built up quite a population for a desert farm. We raise Lamancha goats, Navajo Churro sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and a passel of cats that look like the craziest mix you would ever believe. Somewhere along the way in the past three or so years we have become what we only imagined. We came into this farm with little money, lots of ambition, and a tremendous amount of faith in the Lord. We still have little money, even more ambition and a solid unwavering faith so all has been well.

Last summer we realized that folks began seeing us as the ones to ask farm questions to. We trim all the hooves for the animals, have sheered the sheep together as a family, and when we butcher it is an assembly line process that is quick and efficient.

Yet with our experience growing, I would never have believed that this simple life could be so fulfilling. Last night we ran into a pastor that works as a counselor for a half-way recovery house for men who have been incarcerated. He needed a goat for his recovery house- he said to keep the weeds down. Amos our year old buck was perfect so off Amos went from farm to city dwelling goat. Amos became more that a goat for the men staying at the recovery house. Amos became hope for men that may have never had any real hope before. He was patient with them, and loved attention which seemed to be overflowing. The men built Amos an incredible barn, far better than he had ever lived in while on the Double Nickel. Amos became more than a goat for the men. He became their friend, their confidant, and the reason for going forward.

With Amos we on the Double Nickel have realized something so incredible! This farm isn't just a place to raise animals or produce...no, it is a place to raise animals that build up others in a way that I could never have imagined. I am so thankful to be part of a world that really offers change in troubled times.

As Amos continues his mission, so shall we on the farm.

*I did not list Deep Freeze among the critters we raise as my daughter and I remain distant to her- as her whole purpose is to fill the freezer (in the next week or two).


Felinae said...

How did I miss this post? hmm...
anyway, what a wonderful story, HW. It is wonderful that by living your dream, you were able to help others hopefully fulfill theirs.

Hugs to you, my friend, you are doing an awesome job!


Humble wife said...

Hi Fel

I am off from busy ness and trying to play catch up on line, therefore sneaking in a post here and there!! I still have several more posts that I need to get up soon!

Same with you and your Catman(and angel)
Hugs to you all too!

Jackie said...

"Deep Freeze" Snort!

Humble wife said...

Jackie- yes, Deep Freeze, we have become quite creative on those slated for the table...we have had Thanksgiving, Christmas, Yummy, Delish, Walking Dead to name a few, I suppose this may seem a bit morbid to others but it is a way for us to accept that the animal has a purpose instead of being a pet.

Don't worry we have granted stay of executions to several and they will live their lives in relative ease here on the farm- as we named them before we realized it would be far too hard to kill one that we connected with!!
--some of these critters are named: Miss Scarlet, Colonel Sanders, George, Buffy, Blue, Nina, Ruth, Obed--and only if hunger reaches the farm shall there status change.
:) to you and your beautiful family!

Patricia Mathews said...

What a sweet story about Amos! May the halfway house continue to be blessed through the care of critters.

Humble wife said...

Patricia- I agree with you so much. I pray that any critter we can raise to promote real hope is well worth our time and effort.

Pam said...

oh poor Deep Freeze! Other than that last paragraph, I found this post to be sweet and endearing. I fell in love with Amos and his ministry! God bless you all Jen as you really do see all you do as ministering to others.

Humble wife said...

Pam- thank you and about Deep Freeze...we will be eating organic beef that will feed us for about a year, so I am not sad but grateful to know where the food comes from that we eat. But I do understand how weird it must sound as a few years ago we bought our meats from the store and never thought about it twice.