So you want to know about us, do you? Well then, queue the Star Wars Music……..
Long, long ago, in a childhood far, far away………
At the age of 10, my parents moved us to the country. My Aunt quickly provided me with my first “farm” experience by giving me a rabbit. I named BR (bunny rabbit). I was 10 at the time and it was the best I could come up with!! To complete the farm experience, I joined 4-H and took BR to the county fair that year.
Mr. BR did VERY well at the fair and my father was hooked! Over the next 8 years my life became that of a farm girl. We raised rabbits (lots and lots of them), chickens, goats, and one summer, even a pair of lambs.
When I turned 18 I headed to collage (I graduate from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in History) and then out into the big world. I did my best to get into the corporate mainstream. By my late 20’s I was living in Chicago, which is anything but country!!! I had made it. The country girl was out of the country. But life gives you what you need, not always what you want, and by my 30’s I was back in rural America.
I have entered my 40’s now, living in small rural town (aka Michigan) with my husband, two sons, and a plethora of animals. That’s right, they’re back……farm critters. My eldest son, who is now 13, is madly in love with poultry. What is a mom to do? Deep down I always knew that country girl was still there and instead of fighting to keep her hid, I have embraced my inner farm girl once again.
I now worry about where our food comes from and have learned to garden. I make jams, bake and can. We tap our maple trees for syrup, preserve meats and make cheese. I am in love with learning how things used to be done and trying them in our home. We are even looking into setting up a couple bee hives in our yard. Now don’t get me wrong, we still order pizza now and then, but as I age and as a parent, I see the value in doing all of these things. And I sometimes wonder why I ever wanted to be in the corporate mainstream, when there is a porch that needs to be sat on while chickens peck in the garden and my children explore nature.
I now spend my days sharing our (mis)Adventures with the world via this blog, Facebook, and other social media outlets. I have had photos and article publish in magazines both state side and in Europe. I enjoy speaking at poultry workshops and I currently have a book coming out September 17, 2019! Who knows how life will all work out in the end……. But I do know the (mis)Adventures along the way will make it a life worth living.