Time to Let Go
June 1, 2013, 3:01 pm
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Little pigs ready to wean

Little pigs ready to wean

June 1, 2013

The little pigs are eating and drinking on their own. Mom is ready to be done nursing, so one litter of piglets will soon be weaned. They will venture out into life on their own. The first couple of days, they will be right next to mom, with just s fence panel seperating them. They can be independant, but still run to the fence for reassuring grunts and nose touches.

June signals the time for graduation from high school. Many young people will cross the stage, shake a few hands, then step into adulthood. Parents will choke back tears and smile proudly at their children. The kids are excited to get on with the next part of their life. The parents are hoping for reassuring grunts and nose touches 😮

We raise them as best as we can, getting them ready for this big day. We give more and more freedom so they can sort life out while being close by us. The day comes too quickly, that they leave the nest, life forever changed for both the child and the parent. Our hearts ache, as they walk out the door making their way to the life they have chosen. I guess weaning is hard on us all.

The child can’t wait to get away from home. They need freedom and the time to prove to themselves that they are adults. They will make some bad choices. They will make a few wrong decisions, but they will fall back on the advice we gave them. They may even call to “run something by us”, as they struggle with being a grown up….just like we all did!

They will settle down. It may just take a little longer for some than others, but they will find their place in the world. They will look back at all that we have given them. The “things” in their memory will mostly fade away… instead they will focus on the time, the advice and most importantly…the love we have given them. That love with stay with them always…even long after we are gone.

So parents … shoulders back, stick out your chest, lift up your chin and embrace this day that you knew was coming. Hug your babies one last time and latch on to every memory that you have. They are moving on, but they will always need us … it just takes a while for them to admit it … Remember?


A Day of Rest
May 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The little ones asleep on Sunday afternoon

The little ones asleep on Sunday afternoon

May 5, 2013


The little pigs were all piled in a heap fast asleep. When the camera clicked, they awoke with a start. It didn’t tale long, however, until they were once again resting peacefully in the straw. Many of us could take a lesson from them.

I have spent all week rushing and chasing my tail it seems. I had to rest a bit to reflect upon what we completed this week. The list is long and satisfying. I just needed a bit of time to clear my mind. The satisfaction is due in part to my family and friends. Meals and clean clothes were always ready, chore help was steady and a whole support network of friends turned out to help.

Our oats and new hay seed are all planted. The small logging job is almost half done. Four lambs were seperated, weaned, wormed and vaccinated. They will be going to the county fair with two happy children. Another sow had her babies and of course,  the never ending list of feeding and animal care.

The grass is growing wonderfully and two new pastures were created last week. The fencing and gates look real good. The horses are eating the grass with great appreciation 😮 They are soaking up the sun and resting too, after a long week of work.

Our work list is still full. The corn ground must be readied, the logging job finished and a mountain of firewood waits to be cut and split. All in good time … today is a day for rest!



Wait For Me Mom!
April 28, 2013, 9:55 am
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Exploring the big world

Exploring the big world

April 28, 2013


The little pigs now run all over. They explore, root through old hay and horse droppings, chase each other and play games of pig tag. It was only last week when the little ones were afraid of everything. They would oink and hide out of sight. If their mothers went for a short walk, they would scamper around grunting their disapproval, or perhaps were just telling mom to wait up!

They are now eating pig feed on their own, eating grass and still nursing. They are growing very well. They explore a little further each day. They are no longer afraid of the cats … or the giant beasts with the iron feet…aka the draft horses 😮

I guess these little guys are just like us. We want to see the world. We want to explore all that it contains, but it is so much better when you can do it all under the watchful eye of a parent! Sure, we act like we can’t stand to have our folks around..but in times of fear or stress, what a  wonderful place to hide ….in their arms or in their heart.

I am at that place in my life where I am the “tribal elder”. I am the one who is expected to have the answers to life’s questions. In most cases I do, but when I hit those low spots of stress or fear…my folks are gone. That is when I remember the Proverb 3:5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and “He” will make your paths straight.”  That comfort is like no other and it is a free gift. God is great all the time 😮


2013 maple Syrup Season is done
April 7, 2013, 10:38 pm
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Yep...That's it for this year!

Yep…That’s it for this year!

April 7, 2013

What an end to an awesome season. It was as exciting as sliding into home after a bases loaded home run! We wrapped everything up tonight. We even have a little wood left over, but only about one big pick-up truck full. We went through 10 cords of wood like gas through a funnel.

I had lots of help from family and friends. Our farm saw several visitors and new friends were made. Folks old and new made a memory or two and lots of us paused to remember loved ones or special times. It must be the steam that that makes my cheeks moist now and then and keeps my heart warm 😮

The big job of cleaning is next, followed by wood cutting splitting and stacking. The field work will start soon depending upon the weather. I guess the first thing that the horses and I will do, is take a day off for resting, relaxing and reflection.

We will fix a few bottlenecks, repair some roadways, install a culvert or two and work to clean the woodlot. The jobs are many and unending, but I like to have a plan and plenty to do. I am happiest when I am here on the farm imersed in work, surrounded by animals and family.

Plenty to catch up on now in the barns too. We have two litters of little pigs. They are all doing good. I am glad the weather warmed a bit before they chose to come. It is much warmer in their nests, but mom keeps them warm and fed too I guess.

I close this blog tonight with a glad heart and a tired body. It was a good season for us, our second in the new sugarhouse. Everything went very well and all of us are considering tapping the last third of our woods. Another 400 taps awaits us there. All we need are a few roads, more wood and a little more storage for the sap … all in good time 😮