This weekend I took my first steps toward realizing a dream I have been thinking about for years! I am proud, excited, and desperately exhausted…..
When my husband suffered a debilitating heart attach 3 years ago, our lives turned upside down. He could no longer physically handle the work he loved, growing apples and peaches with his family on the family orchard. He was forced to make a change in his life. I am now facing a change in my life too. I have been employed at a school for almost 20 years, but come the end of this school year, I will not be returning. I need to forge a new path and with my family’s help, I intend to make it happen.
Ultimately I want visitors to bring their families to our farm and stay a few days, experiencing nature, working in the garden, taking care of animals, and learning how to take better care of themselves and their children. Big dreams take time and hard work. Over the past few years, we have been making improvements on our farm with the intent of transforming the place into an inviting learning center. We are not there yet, but phase two, getting people to the farm for short visits is my next goal.
This weekend I entered phase two. I rented a booth at an artisan show and displayed homemade olive oil and goat milk soap, castor oil shampoo bars, and farm fresh eggs, along with a few other hand made products. I gave demonstrations on making natural cleaning products and making soap. I shared my dream and desire to teach anyone who wanted to learn about the skills I’ve gained over my lifetime. The chance to offer workshops to help people gain new life skills is one step closer to becoming a reality.
My husband and I are beginning a new journey and we are feeling both excited and scared to death. Wish us luck and send words of encouragement…please. I know the knowledge my husband and I have to share is valuable. I just hope we have the chance to share it with others and make a difference.