Hi, my name is Betsy and I am excited to be joining the Hen House blog! I grew up in Colorado, moved to Illinois to attend Wheaton College and after graduating, married Caleb. Caleb had just finished his first year of military training and one month after our wedding we moved to Alaska. Three short weeks later, Caleb left on his first deployment (and what would be his longest- 15 months!). Over the next 8 years we would move four more times, have three babies, say countless goodbyes and hellos- a fairly typical military lifestyle. We are so grateful for our time in the Army and we often miss the wonderful community; but, with more moves and deployments on the horizon we both felt like our time in the military had come to an end. Caleb has been out of the service for a year now and we love having him around on a day-to-day basis. We joined the Polyface team in February and we help run Briarmoore, along with the Pedersens. We are loving this new adventure and pinch ourselves that we are actually farmers!
1. What inspires you?
Family, mountaintops, music and God’s word. (And Caleb says, “Say your husband.”)
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
That’s a tough one . . . in 5 years I hope to be farming with my family, feel more confident in the garden (and all things canning), teaching my girls, enjoying each day with my husband.
3. What is one of your most fulfilling hobbies?
The only “hobby” that I have time for these days is photography, but that is because it is more of a job than a hobby. I’m guessing I’ll take up a hobby when my kids are a bit older!
4. What do you like to cook/favorite foods?
I love to cook! I’ll admit, cakes and fancy desserts are my favorite but I try to save them for birthdays or special events. My day-to-day favorites are soups, salads, pizza, stir-fry, curries, and panini sandwiches!
5. What relaxes you after a long day of farming?
Sleep is my favorite remedy. I am usually too tired for much else!
6. How do you deal with farm animal deaths?
On the farm, you quickly realize that death is an integral part of life.
7. Who do you hope to share farming skills with?
Anyone who will listen! (And it should be noted that I do not have too many skills yet!)
8. What do you like to read?
I did not enjoy reading until after college when it became a choice and now I love to read. I love reading biographies, non-fiction, and inspirational books. Being a mother to three non-readers I also read my fair share of kids books!
9. What is your greatest asset?
Being flexible . . . I love new places, people, and experiences. I am also married to a visionary, which means my expectations have to shift at a moments notice. When I married Caleb I knew that my life would never be dull!