Wednesday, October 21, 2009

a blessing for sure...

A family in the 1960’s was living in Lincoln Park near Detroit. They were pretty much city slickers, although the mother of the brood grew up on a farm in Mississippi… They were raising 3 boys and during the infamous Detroit riots there was a curfew in the evening. This family would hear gunshots each evening while staying inside during curfew. They finally thought, “Well, we don’t have to stay here”, so they began looking to purchase a farm. They were new to the whole farming concept except for the Mrs. growing up on a farm.

They pursued their dream of owning a farm and getting out of the city life. After searching through many states with the 3 boys, they ended up back in Michigan to purchase their farm. About a year later, with not much experience, they purchased their very own herd of cattle. They were a little older than the gentle giant and I at this time.

They kept the cattle in the barn all winter, but then learned that even in the bitter cold, cows need fresh air. (live and learn just like we are) It was a tough winter to say the least for the cows (some pneumonia) and for the family as they were learning. So, that spring, they put up fences to let the herd out on pasture etc. to get fresh air and sunshine.


A real long story really short: They are 80 and 70something years old now. For 40 years they have had this herd and at one time it was up to 125 cattle. Well, they are ready to retire and we stumbled upon them and they said we were an answer to their prayers as they could not bear to go another winter taking care of these cows. We answered their prayers? Uh, it’s more like they answered OUR prayers! We purchased these at a great price… And, the kind man said, “there is just too much greed in the world today”… They are giving us a start in cattle farming and we could not be more thankful…

This herd has been totally “free-ranged and grass fed” and taken care of just the way we would have wanted with tons of fresh air abounding and more.


We had the sweet couple for dinner last evening and we laughed and talked and ate… A wonderful night. It was almost as we were looking to the future as they have seemed to live a life similar to ours. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. D… Someday, we will “pay it forward” to another young couple pursuing their passions when we are ready to retire… But for now, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us! J Thank you God for continuing to take care of our family, thank you for still “driving this thing”…

13 comments:

Jenni said...

How wonderful Ang. God is soooo wonderful.

Sharon said...

Amazing story of Gods blessings!

Kay-The Rustic Cottage said...

God is so good!!!! This is such a great story!

Granny Miller said...

Good luck with your new herd. Don't go broke :-)

Laura said...

Oh gosh, this is so exciting. It is wonderful that you were blessed in such a way!!! I join the others in saying that God is so good.

Sherry in MI said...

What an inspiring story! And what a gracious couple. They look so nice! Looking forward to tomorrow - let's pray for no rain!

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Praise the Lord~
I am rejoicing in your abundant blessing!
God is so good!
Autumn Blessings~
Carrie

The Girl in the Pink Dress said...

Oh how wonderful! It seems even better than usual because along with cows, you made some new friends who could probably provide loads of helpful advice. God is good! I'm so glad for you!
Jerusha

TEAM T OUTDOORS said...

So inspiring me it brought me to tears!

A Country Homemaker said...

Oh My goodness gracious! That brought tears to my eyes! Such love and generosity............there is rarely any today......you have surely been blessed! Congratulations!

In Christ,
Carrie

Katidids said...

Wow, what a blessing to be sure! And the wealth of information/experiance I'm sure they would be happy to share
Celebrating with you! Just found your blog and will be a follower!

Vicki said...

Good for you and good for them. It is so wonderful when people come together as an answer to each other's prayers! I hope the cows work out well for you..

Stephanie said...

Great story! And praise G-d that you and this couple were brought together.

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