I am thrilled to be joining the group of gals at here Polyface Henhouse. I am sure I will have plenty to blog about as the farming life is completely new to me! I grew up in Northern Virginia and have a Creative Writing degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Following college, I found myself in marketing, working for an international financial firm and then a global energy services consulting company. After a short stint as a recruiter for alternative energy companies, I felt called to stay home to be a full time mom. My husband John interned at Polyface this past summer 2013 and together we are managing Briarmoore Farm. We are a family of 4 with Nicolaus (5) and Carleigh (3) and are expecting another girl in April. I am excited to begin this farming adventure with my husband and cannot wait to see what God has in store for us in the coming years.
So, to answer a few questions :
1. What inspires you?
My children, people who follow their dreams, a good book or verse
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
If I were asked this 5 years ago, never would I have imagined I’d be moving my family to manage a farm with my husband for Polyface! The best answer is I see myself where God wants my husband and me to live out his plan for us.
3. What is one of your most fulfilling hobbies?
Knitting and crocheting gifts for babies
4. What do you like to cook/favorite foods?
I love trying new recipes, but I would have to say baking chocolate chip cookies with my kids for our family to enjoy. Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie?
5. What relaxes you after a long day of farming?
Spending time talking with my husband while working on a knitting or crochet project. Admittedly I love TV but haven’t the time for it. My favorite shows include Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Parenthood.
6. How do you deal with farm animal deaths?
Death in general is part of God’s plan. Every part of our lives (and an animal’s life) serves a purpose.
“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4
7. Who do you hope to share farming skills with?
Anyone who wants to as long as they are patient with me as I learn too!
8. What do you like to read?
Anything good, but some of my favorites include Shakespeare, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, the Bible and as a family we are enjoying the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
9. What is your greatest asset?