Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Never give up,...

...for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe

This is one of my favorite quotes. I have had this quote on my fridge for so many years, I can't even remember how long ago I put it up there. It is a pretty little magnetic picture that I bought from Hallmark, but for some reason the quote is attributed to Anonymous?

Like the tides, we have seen many highs and many lows over the course of the 17 years since we moved to Central VA from South Jersey and I have to tell you, those words have lifted me through many a low tide! I truly believe that God puts us where he wants us to be at every turn and how we rise above our trials determines our next journey.

We bought our small farm over 8 years ago with the sole purpose of raising Alpacas and fresh herbs. It needed so much work, that anyone that had looked at the house before we bought it would now probably not recognize it from the inside out. It is beautiful now, and we have reached the point that we are finally ready to focus on our dream. I have believed through thick and thin - and there has been a LOT of thin over the past 8 years - that God would not have led us to it if he didn't plan on taking us through it and I am here to bear witness to God's great gifts.

We should always look forward, never back, and over the past 12 months, the tide has turned at precisely the correct place and time! Things that we had only dreamed about have been happening in our lives. Things that we have needed to prosper us have been showing up exactly when we need them and on November 10, our herd of Suri Alpacas will be making the journey to Old Cedar Knoll Farm! I have never stopped believing that God would provide a way for us to fulfill our dream and this past summer, he put the correct set of people and circumstances in our path.

Here are some pictures of a few of the herd from early August. It was a beautiful day and we had our grandchildren for the weekend, and the sellers were just lovely to them!

 Our grandchildren, Lyla and Tate with one of the male cria - that is what baby alpaca are called.

Two male cria, Joab and Canaan (the 2 on the left)

 Some of the girls.

I just want to hug them!

The current owner giving the girls some direction.

 And last, but not least, my two greatest gifts!

Today is my oldest son's 37th birthday! I honestly don't know where my life has gone! And although we can never hope to know what the future holds, I am happy in the knowledge that I am truly blessed with the present. We will be opening a Kickstarter Campaign shortly to help us "Bring Home the Herd" so keep your eyes out and maybe you too can share in a piece of our Joy!

1 comment:

  1. Hello Beth, I don't know much about alpacas, but they look really cute - I hope your dreams come true and that all the hard work you're doing now will repay you 100-fold in the future.

    I can't wait to see how things progress!

    Take care,

    Jane xx


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