I Am So Touched, and So Thankful

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

It has been a bit busy here on the farm, but I wanted to write and let you know how touched I was by the responses to my last blog. I was feeling so frustrated, like I was shouting from the mountain top, and nobody was listening…or cared to listen.

I have been part of a speaking group, going out to tell others my farm story. So many people are too many generations removed from the farm to know what we do, or why we do what we do. I want to tell you my story. I don’t want the media to think they can tell it for me. I would expect the same for those in an insurance office, a doctor’s office, or a worker at the plant that bottles my shampoo. I don’t want to hear how you do what you do from anyone else but you.

My plans are to be more vocal, not only about my weight loss struggles and victories, but also about my farming life. In “real life” the two are not separate, so why not combine them here? I have a story to tell, and I would love to share it with you.

I am looking forward to getting to know some of you more. You have blessed me with thought provoking comments and encouragement. Thank you!

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    Hi Carolyn;

    I married a farm man and I am from the city. My husband is gone now with God and I am learning to be a farm gal living on his families farm land. He wanted to move back on the land before his father died but missed it my a few months. We had a garden and he took care of it and I was still working. Now I am retired and learning to care for the garden because we have so many things that come back each year. I have increased the garden and learning everything I can and love it. Being a farm gal is a blessing in life because we take care of what God gives us. Stay healthy, happy and love life. God bless you always.

    Smile Joyce
    3303 days ago
  • 1MOM93
    Glad you decided to stay and share your story. It is scary that we have so few family farms now (or at least seem to have so few) My ex-husbands family has what they call a small garden (huge to me) and raise a few animals for food. The work is incredible and the product amazing. Havent had a garden myself since the divorce perhaps this is the year to go back out there --even if I just plant a couple tomato and pepper plants. emoticon Nothing like home grown!!

    Hope you are having a great day!
    3342 days ago
    Glad you are staying, and educating everyone instead of leaving many of us in ignorance of what farm life is. I do eat meat, but I try to keep it in proportion to my other foods...Looking forward to your blogs emoticon
    3349 days ago
    I am so glad you are staying to tell your side of things. I think so many people do think of the grocery store as the source of food, rather than the farm and people that get it there.
    3351 days ago
    So happy you are staying. We have been here on spark together for quite a while. I am not vegan, I eat meat. I just try to eat everything in moderation. I mostly stay here because of the great people and the way they motivate me to keep exercising and taking care of my body. Take from spark whatever helps you succeed on your own journey! Looking foward to hearing more from you. tty soon, lucinda
    3354 days ago
    Yay you, Carolyn! I'm sorry I missed your last blog -- I've been on a hiatus during Lent.

    I'm really thrilled about your speaking! That's amazing!

    I know you got a lot of perspectives on the site. But as a long time online friend and a former farmgirl, I want you to know I do practice "meatless Mondays" but not because I have anything against meat! But (originally) because I have a pack of raging carnivores and I am trying to keep them not-obese. But the secondary reason which has come up in the several years we've been practicing it is that when we 'miss the meat,' we talk about people who cannot afford to eat however they wish to, as we can. It reminds us that many are starving and suffering and helps our family be more conscientious and compassionate consumers. We eat leftovers to avoid wasting any and all food; we share with the food pantry; we offer food to the less fortunate in our community. Those meatless Mondays have opened the eyes of my teens -- even though they still do complain a little every week.

    Sending you love from Texas! Please don't leave me!
    3355 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2012 4:41:10 PM
    Yaaayyyy Carolyn! Looking forward to reading your future blogs and your story of being a farmwife! That is just great that you are staying with us! emoticon
    3355 days ago
    I'm glad that you decided to stay. I don't know you, and I don't think I commented on your blog, but I did read it and the comments. Your perspective is a valuable one, and I'm glad you will be sharing it with us into the future!
    3356 days ago
    I live near lots of farmers, on the edge of the Minneapolis suburbs, but know nothing about what it's like to live as a farmer and I'd love to learn--to share away! And have a great day today, too.
    3356 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Carolyn, I am so glad you chose to stay with us. You never know just how much you or I can affect others and in many many ways. The support, the friendships that turn into life long friend, the fun and laughter with others and the progress we each make.

    I agree the message needs to be how and what our daily lives are like and how it all fits together to build character in each of us. So tell your story and let's eat meat of not, it makes no difference. It is great protein!! This from an original farm girl who loves her meat too!!
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    You have a ton of support here!! Let's use each other!
    3356 days ago
    Thought about you today as I watched The Chew. I have enjoyed the comradeiry on this show. Michael loves pork and praises it so much. So I thought of you.

    There are paleo and primal teams on Spark People. A number of them. And we have vegan/vegetarian friends who we respect, even tho we eat meat.
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    3356 days ago
    I'm glad you can still find a community here and I'm looking forward to hearing from you more. I love the farmer's opinion.
    3356 days ago

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

    You have the power to succeed or fail.

    You have chosen to succeed.

    Few baby steps complete a long journey

    Writing is progress!!!

    Janet So glad you are back!!!!!
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    3356 days ago
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