God had a plan that our family was suppose to live differently. We were meant to "get back to nature" and in His plan we are lead to help others do the same.
It was not an easy move from a traditional community to farm life. There were many unimaginable circumstances we were faced with in our journey (hopefully, someday that story can help others too.) For now we're sharing our story to help lead you and others to better health. Like so many, I've struggled with IBD and thyroid problems. 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 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 don't like talking about it often, 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 now takes hiking vacations- Me hiking!? Somedays I couldn't even attend our daughters school programs. No alarms on my phone anymore reminding me take my medication. The countless doctors and specialists don't have an answer as to how I healed. In my heart 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 dwarf goats & certainly not hosting Farm Yoga! But 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 and selling farm eggs. They enjoy helping with our kid's gardening classes & school visits with our dwarf goats. I'm thankful for these priceless lessons they are learning. 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! Humble to the core.)
I believe, as we all do, 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 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. 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!