How I found Serenity on Serenity Acres Farm with Farm, Family and Fun

| 2/18/2016 9:46:00 AM

Tags: dairy goats, soap making, family farm, Julia Shewchuk, Serenity Acres Farm, Serenity Goats, Florida,


“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you have to leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it” ~Ellen Goodman

I’ve had this exact same thought for quite a while, but it was always followed by “how do I get out of this car?”

Now don’t get me wrong – I love fabulously high heeled shoes (my husband and my closet can attest to that) and I love getting dressed to go out to dinner and stay in a fancy hotel where I don’t have to wash the white (!) sheets and where we don’t have to share the bed with three dogs and the occasional cat.

But now I am getting out of the car and am finding Serenity on Serenity Acres Farm. It is in this very life with goats, dogs in the bed, dirt stained clothes, and a farm full of young people, that I’ve found Passion, Perseverance, and Pride. Where I have found Strength and Serenity. Where I have found Love, Laughter and the Circle of Life.  

Not that farming is easy or cheap, there are no days off, the work is hard and the days are long.  I’ve had to say good-bye to animals I love more times than I care to remember, and projects keep coming. Friends exist on Facebook only; vet and feed bills and need for equipment are staggering, and I have heard many times, especially from my parents, “why do you live in a shack like that?” “You went to school and got two masters degrees; do you want to throw it all away?”

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