“The distraction. We live in a distracted culture….Multitasking is our new moral imperative.”Yes, and thank you IF: Equip writers for the morning reminder! And yet, I fear (for me but maybe you too?) many of us dabble in many things and are disciplined at nothing.
Where should we begin? Maybe with the trendy hashtag #thestruggleisreal.
The struggle to write. The struggle to keep up or get ahead. The struggle to be content. The struggle to lose weight. The struggle to write. The struggle to focus. The struggle to simplify. Did I mention the struggle to write?
Today is a new day. Thank God for His new mercies that are new every morning! It’s Monday, warm enough to open the doors and listen to the birds so, let’s get caught up.
We’ll start with some of your most recent or frequently asked questions:
“Is your farm for sale?” Yes. If you are looking to buy a 33-acre farm with a pond, two barns and a house that is move-in ready, please feel free to view the farm on Zillow dot come or email for more details.
“Why are you selling?” We have prayerfully considered selling the farm since I left teaching almost five years ago. We have a sign in the yard, and we are we surrendered; to, however, the Lord wants this to play out. We truly are content to go or stay.
Are we leaving the farm for the foreign mission field? No, not right now.
Are we still fostering? Yes. Recently over a 10-day period, we had seven children in and out of our home. The needs are great. Overwhelming at times. I pray as you read this if you sense the Holy Spirit prompting you to get involved that you will be obedient. Everyone can do something. I praise the Lord for the many of you who have come alongside us to love those whom Jesus loves.
Am I still writing a book? Yes. I am going back to She Speaks (writers/speakers conference sponsored by Proverbs 31 Ministries) in July. My hope is to meet with publishers who would be willing to publish our story. We covet your prayers.
What is The Summit and how can you help? It is a 12-month faith-based recovery program for women struggling with life controlling issues. If you or a loved one needs help or wants to volunteer you can learn more by clicking HERE.
In other news~
Ladies, YOU REALLY know how to throw events!! Seriously. What a joy and sheer delight it has been over the last few weeks to come and speak to your conference and ladies groups meetings. I love hearing your hearts and sharing burdens. God has used many of you to answer my prayers. From the bottom of my heart to the top of my curly head THANK YOU for allowing us to come and for sharing #PrayBig with your people!
The boys and the cowboy (who had a birthday this month!) are doing their part to keep things interesting on the farm.
Are you following our family circus on Instagram? If not, come on over and join the party @blessingsbrnyrd. Last week in an Insta-story we shared where one of our cows got her horn hooked on a limb just before a thunderstorm. The debacle involved a chainsaw, the cowboy and ended without bloodshed. And all of the people shouted HALLELUYAH!
Friday we adopted a mustang yearling from the BLM. We named him Nevada because that’s where he came from and I feel confident he will be the new fav in the #adventuresoftuckandjake on Facebook. Today we loaded and said farewell to our nearly 500-pound boar because we are expecting a litter of piglets any day now. A sidenote: our ducks think they are chickens and our turkeys are bullies.
Come follow along! There’s always something new to see.
From here, we could discuss a couple of random conversations I’ve shared with one or both of our boys over the last few weeks on topics such as the short name for a man named Richard and where and when that word is appropriate or not
OR what kind of milk they drank as babies before they drank cows milk and where it came from OR what the middle finger means BECAUSE ADOLESCENT BOY CONVERSATIONS ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART!
Next, at Fort Payne Feed & Garden we are getting cranked up, and are R-E-A-D-Y for spring if we could get Alabama weather to cooperate. We got word last week that the Duck Dynasty crew has named VICTOR dog food “The Official Dog Food of DUCK COMMANDER.”
Did you know we are the only store in our town who carries VICTOR dog food?? Our little fat dog, Shiloh and our customers’ dogs LOVE it! Drop by for a free sample if you’re in our neck of the woods.
Annnnd if you are one of the millions of people who LOVE Chip and Joanna Gaines and their authentic, wholesome HGTV show, Fixer Upper, you may have noticed her obsession with fiddle leaf figs. She stages one in every episode, and we carry them at our store. They are low-maintenance house plants and great if you want to add life to a room.
If you missed our herb class at the store a couple of weeks ago-NO WORRIES, you can take a sneak peek HERE and make a note now that we have another class APRIL 15th! Gardening 101 will be at Fort Payne Feed & Garden @10 in “Karmen’s Korner.” (My newest classroom! It is where we will be hosting a variety of classes and this classroom just-so-happens to be staged with antiques that are for sale!) We are thrilled to have another master gardener coming to present Gardening 101. He will be discussing the different ways to plant and care for your basic garden veggies because you don’t have to have a tractor or 40 acres to grow a garden. Our dear friend Alice, from Alice Circle, will also be there to help you with lettering and labeling your garden goodies. Stay tuned to our FPFG’s Facebook page for more details. Your support of mom and pop shops like ours matters!! When you #shoplocal, you are helping sustain local communities & WE ARE GRATEFUL!
Finally, saving the best news for last. These two little darlings are my youngest nieces.
They have asked Christ to forgive them of sin, confessed Him as Lord and surrendered their lives to Him. Yesterday they followed Christ’s example in believer’s baptism. It was a glorious day to be with family to celebrate new life in Christ.
Until next time dear friends may you, and yours be found more faithful than fearful!
P.S. Share in comments a praise in your life or how we can #PrayBig for you