“When life gives you lemons make lemonade” isn’t really a fitting saying on the farm. Farm life isn’t all sippin’ lemonade. But you could say when storms give you fallen trees make fire wood. Sometimes manual labor is more fun than work and cleaning the downed trees from our mountain hiking trails is one of those times.
It’s work but it’s so nice to stand back when your done and see the clean trails while the cool fall breeze creates a colorful shower of reds, oranges and yellows!

The teenagers may not see the beauty in it yet but one day they will. (I hope) Kids aren’t always excited about being made to work hard and get their hands dirty but as parents we need to make them. Sometimes life requires us to do dirty work and hard jobs and the more experienced young people are in hard work the easier their life will be.
Hopefully at thanksgiving when we are sitting around stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie watching Lampoons Christmas vacation that crackling fire in the fireplace will seem even better since we all worked together to get that firewood.



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I am a small town farm girl who has become passionate about challenging myself and others to live authentic lives. Pure and simple and real. I draw inspiration from everything, everywhere, but living on a beautiful farm nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania brings it's own inspiration. I have written skits, plays, poems and curriculum for children's programs as well as Bible study guides and children's books. I currently write for "The Valley Newspaper" in my quant hometown. You won't hit city traffic and there won't be much noise other than the clip clop of horses' hooves as you pass a Pennsylvania Dutch buggy. As a wife and mother of three teenagers, I have been taught great lessons in love, forgiveness and acceptance by the school of life. I find my favorite cathedrals aren't like St. Peter's Basilica in Rome but the woods, full of tall pines, changing maples and calming streams. Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

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