Pregnancy blues and paddling pools, 'How do those two go together?', I hear you ask. Well, just ask Genevieve! You see, she is definitely suffering from pregnancy blues, late trimester, on the rather large side, super uncomfortable and very hot - she has had enough, and I can't say I blame her. When I went across to the barn the other day to check on her this is what I found, and if you've ever been pregnant and in your last trimester and tried to bend down to tie your own shoes, I'd say you know exactly how she feels.
As I sit here in the wee hours of the morning catching up on orders and working on some new product ideas, I'm struck by just how quickly our children grow up. When our oldest two were younger I read a caption that said, 'we hold our children's hands for a while but their hearts forever!' How true is that. As I sit here and think on our eldest son's latest adventure off to Alaska, I realize just how quickly time has flown. Another caption I think of is how the days seem to last forever but the years fly by. I think on those endless nights as a mother of infants, how the nights of no sleep catch up with us and we think they will never end. Then here I am almost 20 years later, watching our eldest son loving life in Alaska, our second eldest on her journey through college, and I just can't believe where the time has gone.
Some days it all just seems a little too much, keeping up on feeding regiments, field rotations, breeding schedules, farmers' markets, school schedules and on it goes, but then I see our children chipping in as a family to move the hay and get the barn filled for the winter. I see them sneaking snuggles with baby goats and secretly keeping an eye on Genevieve eagerly awaiting the arrival of her piglets. I see them learning about the great outdoors as they forage for blackberries, dry mint for tea, help collect mullein and red clover for cough tea in the winter months and learn how to identify elderberries and other such delights. I wouldn't say it is an easy life, sometimes as we awake with the birds in the morning, pull on our barn boots and head over to the barn to milk, I sometimes, just for a moment, wonder (just a little bit) what it would be like to be able to sit down and slowly enjoy a morning coffee, maybe read more than just a couple of pages of a book and just sit for a while. Then I'm reminded that there is nothing quite like the farm life, baby goat snuggles, baby piglet cuteness (and let me tell you they are cute!), and all the great experiences this life affords us, and well, I realize that maybe I'll just enjoy that cup of coffee on the go, if it allows me to capture just one more moment on the farm, before our three other children stretch their wings and fly.
Well, I'd best be off to sleep as it will not be long before that morning trek to the barn, milking pail in hand, will be here. Maybe, just maybe, tomorrow will be the day that Genevieve will meet her new litter of piglets, and maybe just maybe, tomorrow will be a day to capture another moment of life on the farm. Thanks for walking on this journey with us, and don't forget to check out our shop page. We have a wonderful new product arriving on our shelves here soon so remember to keep checking back with us.
Have a great rest of your week.