The longer I wait to write, the more I have to say. Then thoughts just get all jumbled in my head and I get a bit overwhelmed. So, this is going to be a bit of a ramble, but I’ll do my best to get you all caught up with the exciting happenings on the farm and with our family.
Our lambs are growing so FAST! So, we are starting to take pre-orders. Our lamb are 100% grass-fed and well-loved. If you are local and interested in purchasing lamb this fall, please check out our Lamb Pre-order page.
So, last I wrote we were still patiently waiting for an offer on our house. We now have an accepted offer! We are waiting for the inspections to be completed this week. If all goes well, we’ll be closing mid-August. I often have some anxiety issues and this waiting for the inspections is killing me! I’m just so worried about getting my hopes up and then having something fall through. We ended up taking less on the house than we had wanted to, so any additional expense that may come up with the inspection will be a deal breaker. In the mean time, God is hearing from me frequently. I know that this is all in His hands and part of a larger plan.
As far as the new house goes, we are unexpectedly delayed for about 6 weeks. We need to wait for DNR inspection and approval on our septic before we can get the necessary permits. I guess other counties in the area will issue temporary permits, but the county we live in will not. We still don’t have a temporary housing solution completely figured out. Our first idea was to put a mobile home in at the farm, but the delay in septic may not make that feasible. We are working on other options, but haven’t nailed down a solid plan. We have started moving items out of the house and into a storage unit, which has been very exciting. We will need to make a decision soon as to what we will be living in though, so we know what we will need to keep out of storage. Again, I’m trying to be patient and praying A LOT.
My 15-year-old passed the written test and received her temporary driver’s license. Neighbors beware, she has been out driving on real roads! YIKES! I’m not really sure that I should be the one helping her learn. My parents both talk about how when they were teaching me, they would always try to push the imaginary brake pedal while in the passenger seat. I find myself pushing the imaginary gas pedal when I’m riding with her. Hmmmmmm.
Love is in the air at the farm! We purchased a black Simmental bull that was delivered this past weekend. He sure is a handsome fellow and has been doing his job already. I’m pretty sure the ewes are getting a bit jealous of the cows. We have had a few of them sneak their way into the field with the rams – which we were hoping to prevent for at least another month. The lambs are not as compliant as the sheep, and don’t really like to stay where they “belong”. They seem to enjoy breaking through the electric fence by running full force at it, which then allows a few of their mommies to follow them into trouble and hook up with the daddies. It is comical and painful all at the same time. Better fencing has quickly moved to the top of the list of farm purchases. Thankfully, there are programs for farmer’s that are committed to rotational grazing to help with the fencing expense. We had a site visit last week and will soon have recommendations on how to best fence in and use our acreage. With that recommendation, we will also have some cost-sharing options. I had no idea how expensive fencing can be.
I have started using essential oils for so much around the house and with the kids. I actually feel bad that I was so skeptical about them in the past. When I broke my tailbone when I was pregnant, someone tried to share them as an option for pain relief and totally blew her off. Honestly, how in the heck could a few drops of oil help? I now KNOW that a few drops of oil probably could have helped me and I wish I would have tried it. There is a soothing blend that helped Scott out with some back pain over the weekend. If he is able to say the oils helped, I’m positive that this isn’t just a placebo effect – he is way more skeptical of “natural” healing than I am. I’m also very amazed at the number of people who are showing interest in learning more about essential oils, so my desperate attempt to help Seth with allergies may be turning into something bigger. We’ll have to wait and see how things go in the next month or so.
Well, that’s about all I have to ramble about for now. If all keeps going well, I’ll have more exciting news to share next week. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!