An Overflowing Fount of Joy

That's what this farm is. We had a Guiness-certified world-record-setting great time today at Jacob's Reward Farm.

First, the Easter Egg Hunt went off without a hitch. Ted, Emma, and one of her friends hid eggs all over the place, finding really silly and creative hidey-holes. On cue, a gaggle and half of kids, with their families, assembled in an orderly fashion to learn all the farm rules and the egg hunt rules. Then, at the signal, all scattered to retrieve the candy-filled eggs. I put business cards in three of the eggs, which were worth one free dozen REAL eggs at the end of the hunt. Big kids helped little kids, everyone showed grace and charity - I was very proud of all the egg hunters. We also enjoyed cookies and juice, and bubbles! Emma and Ted gave informal tours of all the different animal areas, and Emma held a chicken for the kids to see up close. Ted was our official photographer. And the weather was spectacular.

Once everyone had gone home (to slip into sugar stupors, no doubt) a young couple stopped by for a visit, interested in learning about homesteading, raising livestock, and basically living green and sustainably. Wallace and Annette had been cycling across Europe recently, living in tents, working on organic farms, and building their dream of bringing the knowledge and experience back to the states. They really enjoyed the alpacas, though they were complimentary of all the critters. I hope they will come back and work with us on the garden or other projects.

Then, Shareholder Brenda arrived with her dad, Bill, on her arm. Bill was interested in seeing the farm and getting a nice dose of fresh air. He had wonderful stories to tell about farming as a kid - raising cotton, maize, corn and hay - with mules providing the main power. By those standards, Bill didn't think I had a real farm. No tractor! I do have a couple of donkeys, but so far, they don't know much about hard work.

Finally, we had a visit from Dawn (of the KnitNaturally Podcast) and three of her knitting buddies ("Rockstars" Amy, Liz, and Tasha), who were interested in seeing the baby sheep and getting a tour. Friend Amy had already been out once today with her daughter for the Easter Egg Hunt, and was back with her knitsibs in a different capacity. The ladies were so helpful in getting the lambs fed and exercised, and they took lots of great pictures of all the critters. My thanks to Liz for letting me use some of her photos from the visit! I'm happy to welcome Amy as our Newest Shareholder! (Trumpet fanfare here.)

The rain is finally moving into the area now, as I write, to give us some blessed, if overdue moisture, capping off a gorgeous, happy, abundant, joyful day. An embarassment of riches.
And tomorrow is Easter... How can we hold it all?


  1. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Wonderful! Looks like a fabulous day!

  2. Awww, I wish I could have been there! Any chance I get to hug the alpacas and baby lambs is fantastic.

  3. Looks like everyone had a great time. I was thinking about you all and wish I could have been there.

  4. Nothing but goodness and blessings. Then more goodness! How dreamy to watch a dream coming true, and to be a part of it. Baseball kept me away, but "I'll be back!" Thanks for sharing your farm with us, Cindy.

  5. Sounds like a great day. Would loved to have been there!

  6. Cindy, we had a great time and would love to come back and visit you guys. Parks didn't want to leave!!!! Thanks again for opening the farm up to the crazy egg hunters, it was a beautiful day.

  7. We had so much fun feeding the lambs! Thanks for having us.


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