The Story: Part 3

Apologizes for the long intermission on the story!  Between the wedding, Thanksgiving, intern check outs for 2014, Christmas, traveling, and learning how to be the best helper for my husband, I have been a little distracted. :))  Here is part 3!

I don’t have to tell you this, but I noticed everything about Eric, from his mannerisms to knowing what color shirt and pants he had on every day.  I always subconsciously kept tabs on where he was on the farm at any given moment.  There were instances when I thought maybe Eric noticed me, but I could always talk myself out of it.  He was such the gentleman, if he did something for me he would do if for someone else.  I never felt like he paid special attention to me.  Days were full and long.  Little wonder I was usually exhausted, mentally and physically, at the end of a day!

Summer 2012 was one of the best summers for the farm.  The team of interns that Eric managed excelled and we were surrounded by abundance.  My garden did really well for a first year attempt at it and I enjoyed keep all of the freezers organized.

At the beginning of October all of the interns left and with them the hustle and bustle of keeping them working.  Things were quieter both on the farm and now in my heart.  I wasn’t so distracted with work and started to realize I needed to think and pray some things out.   On October 23rd, I hiked up to the top of Polyface’s mountain to a very rustic cabin to spend time alone with God, without distractions.  I had planned to stay for 2 days, but I ran out of water and nights were cold!  So I walked back down the evening of the 24th.  But during my time, I was able to sort out my thoughts and pray about Eric.  One of my other struggles was deciding if I could do another year working at Polyface under the same circumstances.  Not that circumstances where bad, but Eric wasn’t an easy guy to ignore everyday.   I  decided to stay on for the 2013 season, because I didn’t feel the Lord calling me anywhere else and the only reason I would leave was because of Eric.


The mountain top cabin.


It has beds for 3.


The stove kept me somewhat warm.

November and December went quickly and soon I was headed home for Christmas break.  It was a nice relaxing time being home with family, seeing and catching up with friends.  There wasn’t a day when I didn’t wonder what Eric was up to on his break.  During time at home I had several encouraging and challenging conversations with my older and very wise sister.  I suddenly was able to be at peace with where God had me as a single girl working on a farm in Swoope Virginia.

After that January, February, and March were probably my happiest months yet working at Polyface.  Eric wasn’t a problem to me like before and I really enjoyed our relationship as co-workers.  Little did I know what the month of April held for both of us!

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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.

2 Responses to The Story: Part 3

  1. Love it! And although I know how the story goes, I never tire of hearing it:)

  2. Kristin says:

    Yes, Leanna, your story is very encouraging. Keep it comin.’