Much of my life has been spent going where others have told me to go. I was a child of the military, with father and grandfathers serving in the US Army and Air Force. Once I began college, I thought the moving was over, at least until I found my somewhere to settle down. After college, I married and moved once more across the country. One child and several years later, I became a pastor in the United Methodist Church--I went from a settled life to an itinerant life once again. I actually have never lived in a house I chose for myself! In my half-century life, I've moved dozens of times, and assembled and broken down hundreds of cardboard boxes. I've cleared out for moving and organized new spaces more times than I can count. I've planted gardens and had to leave them behind--that, my dears, is heartbreaking.
The farm is a rewrite.
The farm is my love of gardening, it is my love of creating beautiful places, it is my passion for creating wellness and wholeness and helping others find it for themselves. It is a place I can use my creativity and experiment with my imagination. It is a place to breathe deeply and reconnect with the earth and its elements.
Right now, it's a part-time vision, living alongside my full-time life. But I am learning to give voice to my vision and create my own future, and while it makes for long and busy days, it is turning into an amazing adventure! I'm meeting wonderful people, and designing all sorts of fun things with fun people. I'm plotting gardens and planning restorations and dreaming all sorts of wonderful new dreams.
Rewriting a life isn't about erasing what has gone before. Sure, there are chapters I would rather forget. There are mistakes made, mishaps survived, wrong paths considered and sometimes taken. I haven't been all I could have been, nor all I have wanted to be. But, all these things add up to who and where I am now. Rewriting my life means taking the lessons I've learned and applying them to the chapters still to be written.
The farm gets to be a lead character in these next few chapters. The gardens are unfolding in my head, with all the knowledge gleaned from gardens past. I know what I can plant and reasonably hope to survive. I know what plants I am a complete failure with, and I know all the things I am dying to try. The house, this lovely house, has all sorts of wonderful potential for us, for our children, for our (we hope) future grandchildren, for our friends, and for all the guests we hope will come our way. I can't wait to create the kitchen and restore the rooms--and to share it all with you along the way.
We are also working hard to create wonderful experiences to share with others who want to do some life-rewriting too--creating workshops and day-away opportunities for refreshing mind, body, and spirit. We are hoping to present three of these in 2017, not at the farm, but next door in a building currently better-suited for hosting groups-the former Presbyterian Mission Center. I can't wait to offer you this time and space away to focus on refining your dreams and creating the next chapters in your life.
Keep watching our events page!