Pictures of Home

Today’s “assignment” in a photography class I’ve been taking was to photograph pictures of “Home”. So, I walked around the farm soaking in the views to really see where my heart and eyes fixated. And, these were the shots that made the cut.

As I asked myself, “Why these?”, I landed back on the same reason that even the word “home” is a comfort to me. Each of these pictures held a lifetime of stories… AND, each of these spots were far from perfect….. This, to me, is the tension that is life….Beautiful yet imperfect….Hard but rewarding…. maybe even bittersweet….

These pictures speak of memories easy and difficult…times where life itself wasn’t always neat and tidy…..sometimes it was just hanging on to survive. And, then sometimes, it was truly happy and peaceful.

The huge trees in our field, the well pumps, the barn poles, the handmade doors, and so on have seen over 3/4 of a century of life: the people and the animals that have lived here….they’ve seen a lot!

And, in thinking about what they’ve seen, I thought deeper into the tie and the tension of farm life….loving your animals as they grow and yet thanking them for giving their lives for a family to survive. While we no longer have to do this in our own lives, there wasn’t another option for the family that built this farm and lived here for so many years. And I again marvel at the tension of life.

Then I looked at the Well House (in case you’re wondering what it is…..it houses the well pump), and it reminded me of the time I sat on our porch with the gentleman who grew up here. He shared about walking to the stream each day for water until the time of year that it dried up. Then he spoke of having to walk almost half a mile more during those times. And, I marvel at what a joyous day it must have been when the well pump was installed! It no longer works in our lives, but it’s still of memory of our home’s past.

I found myself looking at the ladder to the hayloft and wondering how many other feet besides our family and friends have climbed that ladder. I wondered if they also felt nervous crossing over the boards that let the light of the floor below shine through. I wondered about the games they played and the times of stacking hay to make sure the animals would survive another winter.

I looked, too, in a fast forward movement at the handmade quilt I just bought, the herbs that we dried this year, and the egg-gathering apron my daughter gave me as a gift. My heart was filled again as I love these new stories that are taking shape here in our home.

And, honestly while our physical home here on the farm is surely a gift, the memories we’ve created through the tensions of life are what really matter

These are the lines of love that have formed with a strength that weathers joy, sadness, anger, frustration, and peace….Those are the true walls of “Home”.

So while, these pictures of home are not semblances of perfection, they carry stories of conquering challenges and celebrating the wins…..And, today we are wishing you that same heart-filled kind of Home! Thanks for joining us on this journey….

AND….. WE’RE SENDING YOU MANY BLESSINGS FROM THE FARM!

All Things New

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!

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