Due to popular demand, the farm life is back on the blog. I’ve had so many questions and wants and needs of seeing more about our hobby farm… all credit to my dad for this… and so I thought it would be fun to do a Friday Farm Life post every month.
It’s going to be more like a cuteness overload #warning just so you’re prepared for one too many photos of the intern working her day job.
While I’d like to be a homesteader or living solely off the land, I’m not because well that in itself would be a full-time job and so we just stick to what we know slowly adding along the way. Soon to own our own petting zoo… oh wait we already kind of have that, I think my husband who once lived on a big farm, turned engineer who thought he would have no part of farming is now back to nightly chores… in his athletic shorts and boots… it’s really quite a site (pictures were prohibited with warnings in place… you can just imagine though).
Once you clear your mind of that image the true reason I love the idea and why we try to raise as much of our own food as possible is because it is just healthier. Not to mention the kids learn to do chores and help out, they also get to understand where their food comes from and appreciate all aspects of it. Maybe it is just the Iowa values in me seeping out or the need for some great outdoor time. Whatever it is, it makes me slow down, no it forces me to slow down and enjoy life that is happening around me.
There is no option with chores. You do them… or you have your dad do them… but there isn’t any not doing them. They depend on us and we depend on them. I’m not going to lie, I don’t mind being forced outside into the fresh air while we work with the animals and watch as my children beam from doing it as well. I’m sure there will be a time that they don’t enjoy it but for now we’ll just chalk up the fact that they love being in the barn because they can get dirty, climb on the fence and hay bales and let’s be honest get away with most things as they explore the great outdoors.
There’s a lot of learning to be had outside and I encourage outside time as much as possible. Dirt is our friend right? I mean it’s just microbes that our bodies are full with helping our immune systems to get stronger and stay loaded with those good guys.
So here’s to another fun on the farm post (it isn’t all fun and games but we’ll portray that here) and you meeting the newest member of our homesteader tribe, Rascal. He’s pint-sized, pretty stinking cute and in love with all the little people in his life (most likely because they tend to be the ones feeding him this gigantic bottle) especially this little one. Although she stands less than three feet tall and weighing in at a whopping 21 pounds she portrays no fear and we think believes she tames the animals.
The intern is our animal whisperer… okay that is lie there is no whispering with this one.
Happy Friday from our farm to your computer.