Tenderness, Courage and Hope

Hello Farm Friends,

You know it has been a long time since I have sent out a newsletter when YOU folks start emailing ME to see if I am ok! SO sorry it has taken so long to get a newsletter out to you all. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and 2009 has been kind to you so far.

2008 certainly went out with more busyness, sorrow, hope, and love all at the same time.

The farm continues to keep us hopping. The winter CSA is going well, the veggies continue to grow and the CSA boxes continue to get filled every other week! AMEN! Rain…we are really getting rain which is awesome…we actually have a pond again across the road! Hopefully it will hang around this summer too…you know us farmers, it is hard for us to say bad things about the rain.

Somehow in between growing and planting and feeding and other chores around here the boys and I got the tree up and it was officially Christmas time. It has been a long time since I attacked Christmas with such hope. Dylem and I were learning and reading about what Christmas truly is about and well, we were all in the Christmas spirit. Then my Grandfather who was 87 hurt his foot, which just seemed to set off a whole series of other things with him. I tried hard to keep my Christmas joy. There was a song I kept singing…that God gives and takes away…Blessed be the Name of the Lord. When I look back on my life it seems like that might be a good theme song. It applies to my life for sure and I am certain it applies to all of us in one way or another. My grandfather passed away on December 19. Between trips to East Tennessee for visits and then for funeral arrangements, plus Christmas, well 2008 went out in a rush and honestly I still haven't wrapped my mind around it all.

Though all of that has been going on, tomatoes are still started and growing offering us the hope of Spring and a good tomato sandwich and well…that too is a theme of my life. We all go through struggles, down times…but there is never a cloud without a silver lining…it just takes us a while to see it, we may never see it here on earth in our lifetime…but there is a reason for everything.

A quote came across our email this winter and I would like to share it with you. It is by Agnes Pharo, her grandson is a grass-fed rancher in Colorado. What is Christmas? Tenderness for the past, Courage for the present, Hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich eternal and that every path may lead to peace.

That is so true! Christmas Eve night holding my baby boy, gathered in church with my whole family this year I had tears of tenderness for my past…the wonderful memories of my life with my Mammaw and Pappaw. I felt courage for the present that no doubt God would carry me through, and for the future? I totally felt nothing but Hope.
My wish for each of you is that 2009 would over flow with blessing rich in eternal things…and that everything you do in 2009 would lead you to Peace! It would be a mighty good year no doubt!
Love
Julie

Think Ahead for Summer Veggies

Just a heads up that the next time you receive a newsletter there will be details about our summer CSA inside. I will update the website as well by February and we will be ready to offer you shares of our summer veggies! So keep an eye out on your inbox in February.

As always…thanks for your continued support and love and friendship. You guys make farming worthwhile!



Photo of the Week
A new addition. Anna, one of our milk cows had a baby this morning! Just thought I would share what Caleb and I saw when we went out to finish up chores!
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Have a great week!

Julie

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