Saturday, April 30, 2011

Our Babies Are All Grown Up

This evening I am home alone because Brett is at work and our youngest son, Ryan, is at the Senior Prom with his friend Karri. It causes me to pause and reflect on the past 18 years with him.

Ryan & Karri

Recently he has started showing signs of adulthood. One of the big changes I’ve noticed is that he is taking his responsibilities here on the farm more seriously. Not that long ago, it was like pulling teeth to get him to do his regular chores. Now he does them (mostly) without reminding and sometimes he does extra stuff without me having to ask.

He is also growing spiritually. We are doing the Experiencing God Bible Study together and he has started reading the Bible daily with the goal to read the whole thing in a year.

Our oldest son, Andrew, has two milestones coming up. He graduates from college in a couple weeks and he is getting married to his wonderful fiancĂ©e, Rebecca, the next day. It is going to be a crazy fun weekend, and I can’t wait!

Andrew has earned a bachelors degree in math in 4 years. I had to mention “in 4 years” since so many students take longer to graduate nowadays. We are very proud of him and we are excited that Rebecca is becoming part of our family.

Rebecca & Andrew

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Leadership Claiborne Tours Our Farm

Ag Day is a special day for the Leadership Claiborne class to learn about local agriculture and it's economic impact on the community. One of the agricultural businesses they visited was ours!

At our farm, students learned how a sweater is made - from the goat to the garment. They also learned about the trials and joys of starting a farm. The most exciting part of the tour for some was holding the adorable 2-week old goat kids.

Beth Bohnert, owner of Mountain Hollow Farm, explained that they are developing an agritourism business, therefore the farm has multiple aspects to it. They raise cashmere goats; offer farm tours, birthday parties, and knitting, crochet, and spinning lessons; and they have a store on the farm that sells yarn, fine handcrafts, loose leaf tea, goat's milk soap, and gourmet food mixes.

The 3 paragraphs above were part of a press release I just sent to the local newpapers. What I did not include in it was that I love giving tours of the farm and this group was fabulous!

Leadership Claiborne class members try their hand
at harvesting cashmere during the “Goat to Garment”
presentation at Mountain Hollow Farm.