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Beautiful Material…handstitched….but created from scraps……

Gorgeous Pottery…handmade… yet crafted from dirt……


This material, well really sort of a quilt, caught my eye in the store because of the uneven stitches, patches sewn in randomly, seams that weren’t straight, and color combinations that were not typical. BUT, all these imperfections were exactly what endeared me to this work of art.

The same was true of the pottery. It’s lines were not straight, no colors were the same, similar bowls were still not standardized in size, but yet they were not random either….They were made purposefully by the creator to stand alone in their beauty…not fit in.

Every time I see work like this, it almost takes my breath away. Inspiration kicks in, and I find myself in awe of how repurposing can breathe life into something that seems like it should be thrown away.

How can old material and dirt become treasures?

It takes me a few minutes each time I see something like this to pinpoint why they invite wonder and reverence in my heart (and honestly a few goosebumps). But then God gently reminds me:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

And

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

This material and pottery are perfect metaphors for our own lives.

We are not throwaways either. He has made us new…just when we might think we are scraps, God reminds us that He has plans to make us beautiful too…and at just the right time.

We may not have all the answers now, but we can hold on to knowing that if scraps of material can turn into beautiful quilts, and handfuls of dirt can become gorgeous pieces of art, surely God has way more in store for making us beautiful creations as well.

So as you snuggle up with a handmade quilt or fill up a pottery mug with coffee, I’d love for you to join me in holding on in faith that we are never throwaways….just raw materials ready for the Master Artist to reveal our beauty in His time!

We wish you many Blessings From the Farm!

Available Goat Babies

These babies are available now, but we also have 1 week old twins, Jack and Jill (see pics below), who will be available in 7 weeks. And we have quite a few pregnant mamas that will be delivering any day.

*We are not comfortable selling bottle babies, so all babies will be at least 8 weeks before going to new homes.*

Noel

Doeling: Born 12/26/2020

*No LONGER AVAILABLE

This adorable and spunky doeling has the funniest personality we’ve seen in a goat. She was up hopping when she was 10 minutes old and has not stopped yet. She has not been handled a ton, but can be a fun pet for sure with a little treat bribery. Noel is 3/4 Alpine and 1/4 Kiko (she is almost solid black with a small white stripe on her right side).

$150 Adoption Fee

Feel Free to Message with Any Questions

Comet & Nick

Twins Bucklings: Born 12/24/2020

*NO LONGER AVAILABLE

These beautiful twins were born just hours before our first big snow of the year, on Christmas Eve. They are GORGEOUS and mild-mannered. Have not been handled a ton, but with their sweet natures, I’m sure either one will make wonderful pets or excellent Breeding Bucks. Their father is a full fainter who is super handsome (Check out Buckwheat on our goat page), and their mother is an Alpine/Kiko Blend.

*Comet is the Light Tri-color, and Nick is the Chocolate Tri-color*

$150 a piece

Feel Free to Message with Any Questions

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are always glad to hear from you!

We’re sending Blessings from the farm!

Front Porch Farm Gatherings

The previous year has been a challenging journey for so many of us. We’ve pretty much all had to look at the world in a new way and change our day-to-day schedules. We’ve seen some beautiful moments of people looking outside of themselves, and yet we’ve seen also many examples of humankind at it’s worst.

But through all of this, we seem to still long for and maybe even hang onto Hope!

Why is that? And really, what is hope?

Well, for a long time I’ve heard this word and had a surface understanding, but over the last 9 months, it has come in my heart in a different way. I believe it’s the message the Lord has been sharing with me and hopefully in the future through our farm as an offering to others in their lives as well.

So, with much prayer, we’re going to move forwards in faith to unfold a new aspect of Serenity Valley because:

In His name the nations will put their hope.

Matthew 12:21
AND,

Hope after suffering means we have learned to trust God in a new way.

Holy Yoga Instruction

So as we put our hope in the Lord and rebuild from a year of so much suffering, let us celebrate learning to trust God in a new way!

And, with that in mind, we’d like to announce the opening of what we lovingly will call:

Front Porch Farm Gatherings

We have prayed all along and felt without a doubt that God would use this farm to offer a place of peace, rest, and hope, and we pray that this new addition will be a way to do just that.

So as our first endeavor, we will be offering a completely interactive Zoom Women’s Group (we’re working through Zoom since the pandemic is still not quite supporting in-person groups….and to be honest, our gathering space is also not quite finished).

Our Women’s Group will meet once a week to discuss and share scripture. But also, the one thing I always loved about watching farm shows growing up (a.k.a Little House on the Prairie….lol) was the camaraderie the women shared. Life was not easy, but all the women seemed to know how important it was to take time to build each other up, to connect, and to support. It was part of their survival. And, in this day and age, I believe people still are truly longing to be heard and to connect just the same as they were long ago. So, we’d like to offer this space to do just that.

And, as much as I’d really love to host you all with a cup of coffee, sweet treats, and porch-sitting face-to-face, we know that God honors our efforts even while they are not perfectly ideal. So, virtually in-person will be a great start.

We’ll kick off the first meeting the week of March 7th. (Exact Date and Time TBD once we have a feel for how many women will be signing up and find a good time for everyone).

And, there will be no charge, we just ask that you sign up, show up, and have a heart ready to connect with the Lord and other women. Also, coffee or tea are optional but encouraged. 🙂

If you’d like to sign up or find out more, please feel free to message us on Facebook, Instagram, or click here to connect through our “Contact Us” page.

We are so thankful to have you on this journey with us. And, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any thoughts, questions, concerns, prayer requests, etc. We are always glad to hear from you!

We look forward to getting to know you through our Front Porch Farm Gatherings, and we wish you many

Blessings from the Farm

So Much Going On…..

Over the last few months, a lot of things have happened, and as I don’t always take the time to read lots of details elsewhere, I thought everyone may enjoy the abbreviated picture book version of life here on the farm.

So, here goes:

Farmhouse Updates

Work is progressing here on the farmhouse. My wonderful hubby and son (as pictured here), helped put new walls and woodwork in the kitchen. We also refinished countertops, painted walls, and updated cabinets. All that’s left now is the flooring. But, we’re excited to see the improvements!

Finished Product

I absolutely LOVE these walls!!!

Wedding Plans

Our daughter got engaged, and we couldn’t be more excited for her and her fiancé. They will be getting married in a couple of months, and we’re in high gear planning for a wedding!

Stella the Kitten

While we are not typically indoor pet people, little Stella literally stole our hearts at the shelter. And, we can’t imagine how a little fur-ball can bring so much joy…..BUT SHE DOES!!!!

*Also, she plays fetch…which I’m pretty sure isn’t normal….but HILARIOUS!

The Real Traveling Chicks

A good friend and I, who is also a chicken aficionado, started The Real Traveling Chicks, a weekly social media video show. We’re not sure if it’s silly, informative, or hopefully a little of both, but we’re having fun and hoping it brings positivity to others along the way.

Click Here to Check Out our YouTube Channel!


3 New Goat Babies

Comet and Nick were twin bucklings (the two with brown markings) who were born on Christmas Eve right before it snowed 4 inches. And Noel (the black goat) was born December 26th. We couldn’t not have asked for better Christmas presents this year!


So, I believe that encapsulates the “big stuff” happening here on the farm, but as we all know, the best stuff happens in the day-to-day.

And, those day-to-day things involve slowing down, recognizing the important over the immediate, spending time with family, not taking minutes with friends for granted, and celebrating all the beautiful things God has given us even in the midst of challenges. And, to be honest, we are enjoying every minute of it!

So, as we begin this new year in a fresh way, let us cling to what is important, and let the rest fall away!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17

And, from all of us here at Serenity Valley, we’re sending you……

Blessings from the Farm!

Finding Rest

I believe everyone could say their world is vastly different today than it was five months ago…. I mean honestly, doesn’t the world, some days, feel as if it’s literally turned upside-down?

For us, at Serenity Valley, the structures and animals of the farm still chug along almost untouched by this new way of life. But as I sit and reflect, I believe deep down, that our hearts will look back and review this as a big life-altering dot on the timeline of our life. (You know what I’m talking about???? …..Those timeline projects that everyone has to do at some point in school where you start from the day you were born and label the big events….. “lost my first tooth, had my first piano recital, lived through a global pandemic served up with a side of riots and political chaos”…….)

It’s true….there is so much going on right now: The virus, the civil unrest, the deaths of so many through both….. (Those are huge and not to mention gut-wrenching……) Then, there’s also the hiding of smiles with masks (and the fight that we see everywhere regarding whether they’re a good idea or not), the isolation, the separation of extended family, the political agendas leaking out at every opportunity, the social media dramas…..and the list goes on…..

They’re all so hard to wrap our heads and hearts around……And, I really have no answers… just lots of prayers offered up for EVERY ONE…on ALL sides of each issue……

But today, I’m sitting here on the porch listening to animals, looking at the garden, urging the cat off keyboard for the 9th time, taking time for a coffee break with my husband, hearing how our daughter’s first in-person college class played out, sticking ice down our son’s back for fun, and finding a bit of rest and retreat from the voices that try so hard to drown out the one voice that matters the most.

And, I’m taking a moment to remember that He’s also the One that ultimately has His hands on what is happening right now…..Going further: I’m trusting that He will make beautiful from the ugly that is attempting to have it’s own way during all of this…..

But, also in the midst of the global changes we see happening, my life personally is changing as well…… Prior to the pandemic, I was working in the field of drug and alcohol recovery, working with women at a most vulnerable time in their lives to offer hope, love, healing from trauma, and parenting support in order to help them start breaking free from the generational chains that have bound their families. Suffice to say, it was an honor to be a part of such great work.

But, as the pandemic hit, changes to schedules had to be made, and I, glad to have some time with my family, took a furlough and began to stay at home here on the farm. To be honest, I know these events were an extra sweet detail from the Lord because I would not have been strong enough make the decision on my own.

But, over the months prior to the pandemic, my health had progressively been, shall we say, “acting up”…… I went from working and then being active with the family on the farm after work… to working and coming home to rest on the couch for the entirety of the evening…..my family and the farm were starting to only get the left-overs…. And, on top of that, also prior to Covid, my husband took on a new role in his company which changed from part-time travel, to “most of the time” travel.

And, all these progressions of life totaled into some much needed decision-making as I just wasn’t able to keep up anymore. So we ultimately, a month into furlough and after much prayer, made the decision for me not to go back to work in order to be able to travel with my husband as it looked to resume shortly.

But, as seems to be true in most cases in life, God had different plans. My husband’s travel didn’t pick back up….(and honestly I’m super glad to have him home still). And my health didn’t get better. It’s gotten worse. I have good days and bad. Last week, I was able to be up 4 days in a row. Then the last two have been spent in bed in pain…… and some weeks it’s the opposite.

I have been working with a great doctor and hope to have more answers soon. But even without answers, the Lord is teaching and comforting so much.

When we first moved onto this farm, I overwhelming felt God’s voice giving us this farm and letting me know that this would be a place of His rest for others. And, He also gave us our farm verse.

Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NIV

I always thought it meant that God would provide opportunities for us to be able to offer others His rest ….and I still hope and pray for that all the time.

But for now, as I sit on the porch, thankful to be out of bed this morning, and understanding that He may provide healing to my physical body (which of course, would be AMAZING)……. but also recognizing He may not, too. I once again read our farm verse, this time in the Message version:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

Matthew 11:28-29 MSG

The mental battle right now is difficult. I’m not going to lie.

When I’m in bed, I keep telling myself what a drain I am on my family. When I’m up and being productive, I tell myself it’s not enough. I look around at the farm renovations that could be happening if I had more energy and think what crazy people we must have been to take on this big of project…… and so on…..

But, my sweet hubby last night reminded me that he finds joy when I rest. He said it makes his new role even more worth it to be able to provide this time of healing and that I don’t have to live up to any expectations right now.

And today, the Lord reminded me that He is offering me this time to “recover my life”….which may or may not mean a healthy physical body. But, it does mean rest….true rest in knowing someone way bigger and stronger will carry the load in order for my heart to be light. I don’t have to be “productive” according to the world’s standards right now. It means that since God loves me, I am enough. He sees something redeemable in me….not just on the days that I can clean the house or be up and about. He loves me.

And, in fact, He also says:

But, if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.

Matthew 23:12

Well, myself doesn’t have much to offer right now. But, maybe that’s what makes this time so beautiful…. because God is promising that we can shed all the personas we wear, the acts of pushing ourselves to be like others, or pushing ourselves to be productive by others’ standards in order for us to “feel valuable”….. it’s not needed and in fact just another weight to drag us down…..

I don’t have to be anything other than God’s child, now when I don’t have much physical strength, and also later when by God’s grace, I heal back up. My life DOES matter because God has created me for His purpose. And in being myself, right where I am, He’ll make that beautiful too.


My prayer in sharing this story is to offer hope to someone who might also be struggling with worth and value.

We are bombarded with comparison living on so many levels everyday which, if we let it, carries a weight that we weren’t meant to carry. Galatians 5:13 states that we were “chosen to be free”.

God wants so much for us to live freely, not measuring our worth by anything other than being His child.

And my prayer is that if you are struggling to find answers, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Him who cares….but also to us, here at the Farm because we care as well. We are glad to pray WITH you and continuously FOR you. Feel free to click the link below to get in touch.

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And, as always, we’re so thankful you are on this journey with us, and we’re sending you many

Blessings from the Farm!!!

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