Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you lived completely different? I always imagined living on a beach just like Gilligan’s Island. Yet, here I am listening to the rooster crow. Maybe it’s a little lesson that I’m suppose to share with you? A lesson to be open to God’s plan to "Get Back to Nature".
Let me be honest, it wasn’t an easy move from a traditional community to farm life. There were many unimaginable circumstances we were faced with during our journey. Looking back those were lessons too. I hope sharing our story can help you or maybe someone you know. Like so many, I've struggled with health issues. I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuroglia & Grave's disease, followed by more diagnoses as the neuropathy spread throughout my body. I wasn't able to be the mom I so desperately wanted to be. I tried to hide the pain and countless prescriptions I had to take. I really don't like talking about it, but I know it's an important part of the story of how I learned changing the way we view our environment and lifestyle is so important. I'm incredibly thankful to have my health back since moving to the farm. Our family even takes hiking vacations- Me hiking!?
The countless doctors and specialists don't have answers to how I healed. In my heart I believe it's a combination of the mind-body connection, the organic eggs & vegetables we gather and the healing waters of our ancient aquifer. Best advice -Drink More Water! Simply put, nature healed me. Not in a million years could I have imagined I'd be raising chickens, caring for dwarf goats & certainly not hosting Farm Yoga. I’m not saying everybody needs to move to a farm. The lesson for all of us is to keep an open heart to God's plan.
Our daughter's lives have changed too. They love the farm and have started their own business raising chicks & selling farm eggs. Often you can find our youngest milking her goats to make butter. The girls help at our kid's gardening classes & bringing our dwarf goats to share with children at schools. They even started a Mindfulness Club at their high school to help teach what it means to have a Positive State of Mind.
I've never seen my husband happier using his incredible talent building & designing raised gardens, designer chicken coops, farmhouse tables and so much more. His talent is truly endless, if you meet him you'll find him to be one of the most humble and sincere people. He's the kind of guy that if you're stranded on an island he'll have shelter and a gourmet meal ready by sundown. A friend many years ago started calling him the Renaissance Man.(He's also the type of guy that if he sees this story he'll delete this part. Humble to the core.)
I think you'll agree that we need to take more time to be thankful, reconnect and smile more. Our family has been given this gift not just for ourselves but to share it with you. It's my hope that our story and farm can help you embrace a little of the farm life & it's healing abilities. We invite you to join us on our farm for an event and leave feeling healthier, happier and connected with nature. Thank you for reading our story & following our journey. We hope we'll see you at the farm and in the garden.
May Nature Inspire You Too! xoxo Shelley
Follow us on FB & Instagram where you'll see our farm adventures that include turning a trampoline into a hurricane shelter for chickens & goats to milling an oak tree into a farmhouse buffet table! Never know what will happen next~but it's sure to make you smile!