Wow! I cannot believe another year has come and gone. I’ve said many times that if you would have told me where I would be when I was 28 I would have laughed in your face. 2016 was a huge year for me, for us as a family, and for our farm.
Though Miss Eden was born in August of 2015, 2016 was my first full year as a mom. It was the year my little baby turned into a toddler, where she learned to crawl, walk, and use her cute little mouth to “moo” like a cow. It’s the year my little girl learned to give me huge hugs and slobbery wet kisses. Waking up every morning to her big smile is the best part of my day. I literally bring myself to tears at time thinking about her not being a part of my life.
2016 was the year I felt human again. Because of Eden fighting my struggle with depression isn’t so hard anymore. I have a wonderful reason to get out of bed in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard some days to find the motivation to do all the things stay-at-home moms do. My couch looks so good from across the room, but most days I manage to do a pretty good job at balancing the baby, the house, and the hubs…oh and sometimes myself ha ha!
My hope in 2017 is to worry less about how clean my house is and to spend more time loving on Eden. I also want to start making a daily schedule for us that fits time in just for reading/learning , playtime, nap-time, and even scheduled time for me to do housework, wash eggs, and cook meals. We read books all the time, but she has lots of cool learning tools I want us to start sitting down and working on together. I’ve already put all of those items such as her blocks, puzzles, and coloring books on a shelf in the living room next to the little table I cleaned up that Chad and his siblings had when they were kids.
Being a mother really is the best thing that has happened to me and I’m excited to see where it takes both me and Eden this year as we both learn and love together.
As many of you know Chad quit his day job in August to farm full-time. It was a big and scary decision for us all. So far, it was the best decision we’ve made for the farm and the family. All of our stress levels went down significantly. Chad has been able to spend so much for time with Eden. In 2016, we raised over 1,500 meat chickens and plan to raise many more this year. We grew around 5 acres of vegetables and hopefully plan to do not too much more than that this year ha ha! Well, I forgot we will have 10 acres of pumpkins and watermelons on some land a few miles from the farm! And we got 330 MORE hens, which really just started laying in the the past couple weeks. But if they’re laying 5 dozen a day right now on these cold, short days, they will be laying dozens and dozens of eggs in they’re peak! Which means lots of egging washing for this mama! It was a great year for the farm in 2016! But there are some big things on the horizon and I pray and hope 2017 will be a huge year for us! I’m thankful for my hard working husband who is so full of passion and keeps everything going. During the Winter months he will be doing taxes at the local H&R block to bring in some extra money since farming is a lot slower this time of year. Farming (no mater what kind) is extremely hard work and I don’t know about other farmers, but we hope and pray we have enough money to pay our bills each month. But the lifestyle we get to have because of it is worth every long and sweaty day. 2017 begins our 4th year of farming and I’m excited to see where this journey takes us. May we have a bountiful crop, lots of eggs, healthy chickens, many happy customers, and of course rain!
So long 2016. Here’s to 2017-a new year, a new chapter. May I be the best wife and mother I can be. May I love myself and be more patient. May I slow down during the day to meditate and reflect on the goodness God has given me. May I be more grateful and joyful and complain a little less.
***All photos on this post were taken by Samantha Siler at JS Creations