We have certainly experienced loss in our lives… ones that took our breath away… and I (Patti) think I knew farm life would have losses too. However, the unexpected heartaches of the past few weeks have left us hurting. It all started when our beloved Bruno the Magnificent (Chapel’s dog) was hit and killed by a car. Chapel cautiously decided to keep one of Bruno’s puppies from Maizy’s litter and named her “Happy”. A sudden parasitic attack killed Happy and her litter-mate “Ring-Tail”. On the heels of that, our beloved mother pig, “Big Mama”, declined and died suddenly. Our chicken population was attacked by raccoons and reduced by half. Now, “Magic’, a barn cat, is missing… probably victim to coyotes or foxes.
It has triggered so many emotions in us- feelings of grief, feelings of failure, regret for not being able to protect them, and longing for our sweet animals. In the grand scheme of things, I know these are are “just animals”- of a different status than those of us created in God’s image. However, I now have a deeper insight into God’s heart. Matt 10:29 says “are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” God’s tenderness toward his creatures- and us- brings comfort. Feeling His presence, knowing that He sees and cares has brought some sweetness out of the sadness.
This changing season, bringing crisp nights and cooler days, also takes us into a new season of restoration for Crossroads Farm. We plug away each day at painting, drywalling, digging, sanding, and building. The projects are becoming less structural and more visible as we get closer to completion. COVID has slowed the work, by cancelling work crews and keeping us “distanced”. We are now at a point where individuals and small groups can return to the Farm. One of those individuals is a classmate from my Auburn days, Rob “Beau” Etheridge. We have dubbed him “The Guru of Green”. He is using his horticulture background (while being stateside from his mission work in Croatia and Romania) to make a plan for the forests, orchard, and gardens of Crossroads Farm. What a blessing! Inside, we are adding closets and pantries throughout the house, in hopes we can get all our boxes out of the moldy barn after a year and a half!
We are excited to report that we will be able to add heating and air to the farmhouse!! Through the kind and generous donations from a family and a church, we have placed the order for two units that we will install before winter! I will not miss space heaters…AT ALL.
People seeking getaways during the pandemic have kept our creekside campsites hopping since April (They book through Hipcamp – think AirBnB for camping). It is so good to host people and introduce them to Crossroads. To date, we have hosted approximately 100 people! They camp, wade the creek, visit and feed the animals, chill by their campfires, and gaze at the spectacle of fireflies and starry skies.
On October 10 (4-8 pm), we are hosting the inaugural “Dixon Creek Supper Club”. We are having some pork smoked for BBQ, setting up tables in the pasture and stringing lights. We want to say thank you to those who have helped and celebrate the progress made restoring Crossroads Farm. Food… fellowship… bonfire… and horseshoes. You are invited to join us!
God is good…All the time. It is not just a trite saying. It is truth. God’s goodness and mercy has been abundant on this journey. We still can’t believe God moved us to begin a project like this at our age. It feels like an enormous task… a God-sized task… far beyond our experience, expertise, and resources. We accept that as the case. However, when we feel discouraged or tired, we remember God’s goodness and His provision. In the end, we will have no option but to say, “God did this”. Thank you for your prayers, your, donations, your work days, and your encouragement. You are part of that provision from the Lord. We pray His rich blessing for obeying His call to help. We hope you can visit the Farm soon to see what He is doing-through you.
Farm Needs September 2020
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