Spring has slowly begun to show its face, providing the occasional warm day, still mixed with the random snow flurry and evening rain. The grass is beginning to grow and the hills are looking more alive. Our spirits too, seem to have lifted as we find more opportunities to be outdoors, working, running, building forts, swinging- you name it! Our girls have loved the chance to join in the fun and accompany Caleb most days as he gathers and boxes up the eggs. Our eldest daughter, Margo, is a bit more eager about other jobs like checking the sheep’s water, closing up the egg-mobile, and moving the sheep to a new paddock.
Before our adventure in farming, Caleb was unable to involve the kids in his work and he daily felt the pull of wanting more time to pour into their hearts and minds (especially when he was deployed and unable to even tuck them in at night). Farming provided the opportunity for us to be together in a way that we have never known as a family. Granted, it is not all sunshine and roses. There are days where the chores seem endless and the chicken poop creeps further and further into my kitchen. But on the whole, we love the change. We love that we can invite our girls to join in real work and teach them about life as they struggle and triumph. They go to bed tired each night, but I trust their dreams are filled with wonder and awe!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” -Maria Montessori
“A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely in it, and to do the things that he sees bigger people doing.” John Holt