A year ago yesterday we signed a 4-inch stack of paperwork and bought our castle. I may possibly be about to wax poetic...but probably not eloquent.
A year feels like a flash and a lifetime all at the same moment. It's incredible to learn the ebbs and flows of the passage of time as you age. Age. Age. So much time and aging. We're closer to 40 than 30 at this point. Oh, TIME. I feel very much young and old all in one microcosm of a moment...and to be honest a bit kerbobbled!
So here's a very brief summary of our first year learnings at the farm. A bit of pondering, a bit of advice, a bit of sadness, a bit of excitement. (All those things bundled up into what we so lovingly call life.)
Life is about trial and error. Don't expect too much. Don't expect too little. Put out more effort than you want to. Rest a lot. Stay busy. It will be colder than you expect it to be, so bundle up, and always gather more firewood than you think you need. Mark your plants better. Don't plant your cucumbers so close. Plant more tomatoes than you need. Don't plant arugula; nobody likes it. Hire an exterminator. Home remedies work for a reason. Stock up on everything. Think ahead. Learn to enjoy every type of weather, because there is no sense complaining.
Mostly just the last one. Enjoy every type of weather and every season, or be stuck and unhappy, which is no fun when there's joy just waiting for you to choose it. And run to Jesus before, during, and after all those things.
It'll be alright. And if it's not, it'll still be alright; He's constant.