A Little South of Sanity

May 3rd, 2010

This weekend, Keith and I were able to spend time with my paternal grandparents in New Paris, Indiana. My grandpa has worked and lived on a farm since he was a child, and I believe that next to his love for God and family, he is truly in love with farming.

And what’s not to love about a peaceful green field of spring grass, spotted by grazing calves?

Farewell, for a while

Most people who hear we’re moving to New Zealand are excited for our adventure. Some of them say they wish they could do the same. But many of them insist they could never leave their family. It’s just too far, too hard to justify.

And I would agree, it’s very hard. But both Keith and I have been given family who encourage the pioneer spirit. They posses a security of identity and clarity of purpose, and can’t be turned away from their goals just because, well, it’s hard. Or out-of-the-box. Or kind of crazy.

Believe me, farming is kind of crazy if you look at it from the right angle.

Like from the ground after you’ve been kicked by a cow. Or jumped from a run-away horse. Or landed face-first in manure.

I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful that they’re strong, God-fearing, and full of laughter.

I’m glad we’re only saying farewell for a while.

  • Hey! I just got here and was like, “what is this little truffle of delicious design?”
    Oh, of course. Delighted to see you here! Will be back regularly.

  • Rachie, thanks for visiting! I’ve been reminded of you a lot recently as I’ve been sorting through boxes of old memories. Looking forward to reading more of your blog as well!

  • We’ve had great support from so many people, but there have been those who simply don’t understand. It’s hard to walk the line between politely re-explaining why we’re moving, and just accepting the fact that to some people, moving so far away is crazy no matter what you say. I’m glad that you have such supportive relatives!

  • I love how supportive everyone is too…although I think it may secretly be because New Zealand shares their passion for all things farm.

  • I happen to love that wonderful family too. They are all a little “crazy” at heart, and I think it helps to know we’ll be reunited in heaven one day.

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