Why We Chose the Farmlife

Why We Chose the Farmlife

This affection for farmlife really starts back when I was growing up, we had a working cattle farm and lived on several hundred acres.  There were horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats and I’m told a couple of pigs, which I don’t remember because I was too young.

From a child’s perspective, it was a dream. Lots of space to run and play and not just built forts, but entire cities!  We had a pond with trout in it and a leaky old rowboat which we use to reenact the Lady of Shallot scene from Anne of Green Gables. There were hay forts in the barn and trips to the swimming hole. Blackberry picking and endless supplies of wild flowers.

Leghorn rooster with farmgirl in pillowcase dress

I knew that when I had kids this was going to be my life of choice for them, as well.   So after the third child came along we began searching for some land.

It became a joke between my husband and I because everything we looked at seemed “too small” according to me.  It’s hard to please someone who is used to hundreds of acres.  My poor husband!

We finally did settle on a beautiful plot just shy of four aceres with an original 1906 farmhouse smack dab in the middle of it. That was eight years ago and we have been reviving the house and land ever since.

I have seen my children thrive in this place and now, as an adult, I can better articulate what it is that I love so much about the farm life.  There are probably several reasons, but I want to focus on the two biggest benefits for us.

grainsack apron, red star chicken, fire wood, stack of wood

Why We Chose the Farmlife

Connectedness

First of all, there is a certain amount of “Connectedness” that we feel on our farm. Connected to creation, connected to our work, connected to each other.

For example, the seasons are very vibrant and meaningful to us here.   I remember working in the city in an office all day and not even really knowing what the temperature was outside or really caring too much what season it was.

Now, we have to know what is going on outside because if winter is coming, we have to finish the harvest before our garden and orchard freeze.  We need to get a light out in the chicken coop and condense the bee hives so they can stay warm.  We need to haul wood to the porch because we will start heating the house again with the woodstove.   The cycles of nature are real to us and are anticipated each time they change.

Cabbages and Green Beans

 

apple blossom with stained langstroth beehive in background

There is also a simple connectedness in the work that comes along with a farm.  The repetiveness and direct benefit you receive from the chores has a therapeutic quality to it.

You chop the wood and you are warmed by the fire. You collect the chicken eggs and get to eat your breakfast ten minutes later.  This simple cause and effect is often lost in this day in age.  This lesson is especially important for children to understand.

Country Living, taming a wild pony

Life

The second aspect that I love about the farm life is how much LIFE you are surrounded by. For children, there is a natural, built-in responsibility that comes with the plants and animals that is very healthy.

I first learned the power of the caring for life when I was a newlywed, my husband was deployed for nine months of our first twelve months together.  One of the things that helped me get through my loneliness and depression that year was to transform our apartment balcony into a gorgeous container garden.

Just being needed by something and seeing it flourish because of me was so healing.

In the video I give a tour of the farm and let you meet our animals. . . .

Even it you only start by growing fresh basil on your window sill or decide to get a cat, I highly recommend pursuing the farm life in whatever capacity you are able for the reasons of connectiveness and life.

green plaid blouse, farm scene, holding white lop ear rabbit

We first started by getting three baby chicks, but I must warn you if you give a mom a chicken, she is going to ask you for a compost pile. These things have a way of growing on you!;)

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. Missy
    May 25, 2018 / 6:24 AM

    You state in the first sentence your aversion to cram life began as a child. Aversion means dislike. I’m confused.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      May 25, 2018 / 6:35 AM

      Haha, that’s what you get for writing late at night! Thanks for catching that, correction made.

  2. liz
    May 25, 2018 / 6:59 AM

    I really enjoyed your video tour of the farm – you are living my dream! I live in CT. on several acres, but most of it is heavily wooded with ravines and wetlands and really not useable. However, my neighbors have goats, chickens and horses- so I do get to interact with farm animals on a daily basis, and I am the caretaker whenever someone goes on vacation. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      May 25, 2018 / 7:52 AM

      Awww, you are so sweet! The good thing about your property is the privacy, it sounds like. I love you get to share your neighbors animals, though. xoxo

  3. Denise Mancini
    May 25, 2018 / 8:26 PM

    Hi Sarah! Enjoyed your tour so much, and loved see you! Your farm is so beautiful! ❤️

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      May 26, 2018 / 10:56 AM

      Hi Denise!!! Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour,thank you for all your kind words and support.

  4. Sarah
    May 25, 2018 / 9:22 PM

    So peaceful and lovely, Sarah! I have to ask… where did you find that pretty green blouse?
    Blessings!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      May 26, 2018 / 10:56 AM

      Oh gosh, I hate to disappoint, but I got my blouse at the thrift store. The brand is Eyeshadow, if that helps.

  5. Deb
    May 26, 2018 / 4:37 AM

    Beautiful testimonial. I grew up in the country and now reside in a metropolitan area. What I miss is the quiet reflection time. Hearing the crickets, call of the owl, baying coyotes, wild turkeys in the yard. That connectivity reminds me how small I am in the universe. I wish my grandchildren understood this.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      May 26, 2018 / 10:58 AM

      I love your descriptions, your childhood sounds amazing. Maybe its time to take those grandkids camping!;)

  6. Lynda
    May 26, 2018 / 2:59 PM

    Like you, we are enjoying “farm life” as of March. Although we are much older than you, I am at peace here as we bought my family home that was built in 1845. The hard work had been done, but now we are updating many things, and having painting done, building a “cat house” for my four legged furry ones who are still in our other house 12 miles from here. We don’t have animals except for our 10 yr. old dog, Maggie, who is our joy. When the sunset starts, we are on the back porch in our rockers loving every moment of it. So good to see what you are teaching your children. It does matter very much and they will appreciate it as they are older and look back on their wonderful memories. Thank you for keeping us informed and letting us share some of your joys. It is good you are at the age where you can really take it all in. Best of luck and blessings.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      June 3, 2018 / 7:12 PM

      Lynda, I am so excited for you! I say, enjoy the farmlife any way you can. Thank for the mothering encouragement, it means so much! xoxo

  7. Tanya Hulbert
    June 6, 2018 / 7:44 PM

    I’m so happy that your dream house and property came along for you and your family. You all have made it a wonderful home and life.

  8. Ann
    June 13, 2018 / 9:22 AM

    The pictures of you with your animals are beautiful! The shot of you daughter with the horse is absolutely enchanting!!! I have only recently discovered your site but have pinned and bookmarked so many things. Thank you for sharing your world!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      June 15, 2018 / 11:37 AM

      Ann, you are the best! Thank you for all your kind words, I’m so pleased our paths have crossed!

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