Monday, December 24, 2012

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Last year I wrote this post, three nights before Christmas- and how things have changed! So in the spirit of tradition, here is an updated version. It really hits home how much has grown and changed- and so have we. We couldn't have done it without so many folks helping us, and as we prepare to give gifts- we wanted to remember the gifts we've received this year. We hope that you are somewhere that matches you as much as this farm fits us, with company (animal, people, whoever) who make you feel whole and push you to be better everyday. 

Twas the night before Christmas
And throughout the farm
There were 3 litters of rabbits
Warm in the barn

There are egg laying hens
In their small winter pen
And 4 sheep are munching
We can hear the hay crunching!

In three weeks there will be
Two farmers calling "Gee"!*
The horses are due to arrive
To help our farm grow and thrive!

A year ago the farm was really a dream 
We had  ideas but the budget was...lean
Through lots of hard work and some sleepless nights
And starting the days at the first break of light...

The progress and life really started to grow
And even when it seemed the work was so slow--
We believed in this place and more in each other
But we couldn't have done it without back up cover

We had friends and relations who gave up their time,
And didn't mind the dirt or the grime!
We've had a wedding, a drought, and hundreds of livestock
And even survived raccoon attacks on prized flocks!

We are so grateful to meet each new farm day
We've had a wonderful year and have much more to say
But for now we must end it here 
Just a brief picture of two young farmers' year

Wherever you are, and whatever you celebrate, 
Follow your path- do it now and don't wait!
We know anything worth doing is worth all the fight-
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night! 

*Gee is the command for 'turn right' with draft horses.

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