Running any size farm is a fair amount of work. It demands early mornings and late nights. Requires working in the cold, heat and everything in between. It is being willing to sacrifice your own comforts for the lives of your animals and/or plants you tend. Opitimizes the belief that this work is God's work and your hands are the tools that are used.
There is great return for your investment. Some of which is monetary. There are eggs to be had and sold, and if you have priced free range organic eggs you will definitely know raising your own chickens is worth the time, effort, and cost.
Of course here there are goats to be milked, which saves this family on costs of dairy products such as milk and cheese. There are those who turn their noses up at goats milk, but with the right breed and feed, you will be pleasantly surprised. It takes a little time to learn to milk... trust me on that one but after a few days you will look forward to the time spent with your sweet goats.
These sweet creatures become a part of your family and work their way right into your heart. They bleat and I swear they smile when you come their way!
Oh sure, there are moments when they are ornary and they kick you in the head or coming leaping across the yard only to land in a great heap on your head ... which you didn't see coming because you were engrossed with something you were reading on your iPad! (True story)
...but just like when your children were small, there are these moments, when you sit quietly together just enjoying each other's presence. It make the kicks in the head worth it some how.
With every new addition to the menagerie, one becomes more and more convinced of the rightness of this way of life.
You look forward to the early morning clucks of excitement that you... their 'long lost friend' has returned!
Faithful companions of ten years must make room for new arrivals and learn the rules of getting along.
Endless moments of pride as your own brood learns the responsibility and compassion which is required when caring for animals. (My dear Lil Bit saved her own money to buy this horse herself! She feeds and cares for him daily!)
One day you wake up to find the life you never could have dreamed of is yours. You are richer and more blessed than you ever could have imagined, living life under your own terms, in the wild beautiful country and you really don't mind tip toeing across the mud, in your stilettos, for a date night with your cowboy (true story).