The Farm ~ Happy Anniversary!!!
This photo was taken Labor Day 2011, which was the weekend we moved to The Farm. It is really amazing how many things have changed in just one year. When HIMEBAUGH and I, along with Daisy, Dusty and jj, first moved in there was one squirrel on The Farm and he tried to show HIMEBAUGH who was boss of the land by tossing his eaten corncobs at him. Seriously, this happened. But soon the wild animal(s) and the land took to us as we definitely took to them. And by spring we were planting our garden, building fences and had babies galore--- birdies, chippies, squirrels (yes, the rascal found a mate and had adorable babies!). And we extended our family by adopting Denver, six baby chicks and two ponies. The Farm is blossoming more and more every day, and we are so very grateful for the courage we took to make this happen…….
The idea of The Farm actually started in the hearts of two young children spending summers on their grandparent’s farms riding ponies. The youngsters didn't know each other back then; in fact we didn’t meet until many, many years later. When we did finally meet, we shared our hearts and our dreams. And we quickly realized we both longed for something more. We longed for freedom. We wanted to find a place where our hearts could sail. Leaving the urban life style was not our way of escape. But we believed finding a place in the country was our way to freedom. We knew if we could create a space where we both felt comfortable enough to explore our hearts, aspirations and fears alike, we would come to a way of healing where we could be free to live the way we’ve dreamed and be the kind of people we know in our hearts we are.
It was time to clear out the clutter and make room for a new way of living, where intuition is not mistaken as imagination, where meals do not come from boxes or fast-food containers, and where we feel safe enough to let go of the self-imposed heart guards and explore the many depths of love. So HIMEBAUGH and I set out to find a place in the country, a place where we could spend a lot of time with nature to clear our heads, grow our own food to cleanse our bodies, and expand on our love of animals to open our hearts. Our wish was to find our Joy.
In the late summer of 2011, we found The Farm and our Joy found us.
We understand that country living isn’t for everyone. But we do wish for everyone to have the courage to do as we are doing and create the life that you feel will bring you JOY!!!
In the fall of 2011, Mike and I moved to a small farm in Central Illinois where we immediately found ourselves rescuing horses. The rescue was not part of our original plan, but we felt the calling while doing a search for a pair of ponies we did plan on caring for on the farm. Since childhood, my entire extended family and I have been horse owners. Mike and I wanted to continue this tradition. Upon searching the internet for a pair of ponies, we were overwhelmed with the number of horses that needed a rescue and/or a home.