Moving On

Happy First of December!

This year has flown by!  I have had so many wonderful experiences and made / grown many friendships along the way.  I have also had struggles and pain in areas, but I continue to learn to embrace those times as well because they are what grow and mature me.


I use to want everything to always stay the same. To hold on to the people and times that I knew and loved, to be safe and happy all the time was a good goal I thought.  But then, I realized (and continue to be reminded), for any plant to grow, bloom and mature into bearing beautiful fruit it must first be placed in the ground where it will “die” as a seed.  Then it must endure the rain, the pulling of weeds, the pests who intrude and also the bright sun.  The sun is needed, but if the plant doesn’t have the beating rain, or the driving wind, then it won’t be able to stand up tall and strong as it begins to bear fruit.  Only having sunshine all the time would also kill the plant.


My little family and I came to Polyface for a change and now we are moving on for a new change.  We will miss the people and places here and the memories they inspire, but it is time for a new place to call home and new experiences to grow us.


I have enjoyed putting my thoughts down for you all to read over the past two years (and I love having a little journal for myself at the same time) of what it is like to live, work and breath as a farmer’s wife.  I hope that you have been encouraged and inspired to continue or begin your own adventure with animals and plants and that you will keep on keeping on in the place God has given you.  Maybe there is a change in the wind for you?

Be Blessed!

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

7 Responses to Moving On

  1. Your words are a blessing, Erin! Thank you for sharing from the heart. We will miss you all tremendously, and love you very much!

  2. Doug says:

    Are you heading to Oklahoma, where the wind beats down upon the plain….

  3. Kristin says:

    Aww…your words are so encouraging! Our family has been through some changes this past year and at times it has been very difficult. But I pray the Lord will use these things to strengthen our faith in Him and help us to stand strong in His truth and hope. Thank you for sharing, and I’m sure the folks up there will miss ya!

  4. Scott says:

    Erin- Great seed/plant illustration. I’m going to use that in my future writings. Thanks. You’re lifestyle is rich. God bless you. Scott McCabe Sunshine Farms

  5. Olivia Persinger says:

    I miss you already!

  6. Leilani says:

    You will be missed, be blessed in all of your adventures!