"Why would you want to move to a farm!?" That's the question we were asked along with a look that we had lost our sanity. It's not a simple answer because we were content living in a planned community. My husband & our three daughters have always loved nature & animals. I wasn't easily convinced (after all, who wouldn't want to live on a beach?!) And quite honestly, I'm one of the last people my friends could imagine gathering eggs in the morning! But I agreed and that's when my life completely changed.
We followed God's plan that we were meant to live differently (although not an easy change, but that's a whole other story!) and we've never felt happier or healthier. For most my life I've struggled with IBD but Six years ago my health declined and I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuroglia & Grave's disease, followed by more diagnoses as the neuropathy spread throughout my body. I don't like to talk about it much because I don't want to give it anymore of my thoughts & time that it has already taken. But 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. The countless doctors or myself don't know the exact answer as to how I healed. I believe it's a combination of the mind-body connection, the organic eggs & vegetables we now gather and the healing waters of our ancient aquifer. Simply put nature healed me. I will tell you not in a million years could I have imagined I'd be raising chickens, caring for goats & certainly not hosting Farm Yoga!
Our girl's lives have changed too. They love the farm and have started their own business selling their farm eggs and enjoy helping out during our kid's gardening classes. I've never seen my husband happier either using his incredible talent building & designing raised gardens, designer chicken coops, farmhouse tables and 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's going to tell me to take the part about him out!)
I believe, as we all do, that we need to take more time to be thankful, reconnect and smile more. We've been given this gift not just for ourselves but to share it with others. It's my hope that our farm can help you embrace a little of the farm life & it's healing powers. Even if it's a simple as a smile while you're visiting, a coop of your own, or a garden to grow. We invite you to join us on our farm and leave feeling healthier, happier and connected with nature. Thanks 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!