Let’s Be Pen Pals

I have always loved the idea of living on a farm.

My mind conjures  up all sorts of romantic notions about the idyllic country life. Milking cows, drinking fresh milk every day, baking bread, cooking from scratch in the rustic country kitchen, making quilts, walking down dusty roads, gazing at  rolling hills from my kitchen window, and having oh so much space to clear my head and commune with Nature. 
I never really thought I could be a farmers wife though. 
I am wayyy too indoorsy and just cannot cope with spiders, mice, rats or ANY bugs AT ALL. 
Seriously. I can’t. 
I don’t even like animals all that much. (Sorry!)
I thought  a farmer’s wife would have to enjoy milking cows, touching animals, help cows give birth and generally love  doing gross things in barns………
But no!!
We recently stayed with an amazing family who live on 200 acres of beautiful farmland. They have seven incredible children who work hard milking cows, raising sheep, fixing fences, making quilts, baking bread and doing school at home. They are truly living the epitome of country life. It was such an enriching experience spending a few days with them. 
I was pleased to learn that their Mama Bear loved to quilt and didn’t milk the cows or assist in birthing calves!  Her bookshelves were full and the schoolroom an inspiration.
 ( Maybe there is hope for me yet if we ever move inland!!) 
It was interesting stepping into the shoes of a family who do life  differently to us. We buy our milk from the supermarket, and have no cute baby lambs to feed in the mornings. We don’t have a school room as such, ( but ohh how I would love one!!!), and the women in the family get to quilt more often than I do. We don’t have motorbikes or sheep to herd, but we grow bananas and are still busy raising wee little Lambs of our own. (The two legged talkative kind). The farm house is full of rich, earthy hues of browns and rustic greens. My house is bright and bursting with colour. We go to the beach and swim a lot. Our farming friends wear checked shirts and farm boots.
 In many ways our lives couldn’t be more different.

As we sat together around the meal table, the fellowship was sweet. We  discovered more about each other and shared parts of our life journey….

 I was inspired by the schoolroom. 

Very organised and clearly a creative hub of the home. Notice that the table is higher in order to cut out fabric!!  Love it.

I love meeting new people. I love meeting families who share a similar journey, even though our daily lives may look so incredibly different. We always encourage our children  to glean from other people.  Every person has a story to tell, an idea worth listening to or a  quality worth emulating. There is always something you can learn from every single person. 
We have certainly come away from our farm stay with much encouragement, a few good ideas, homeschool and quilting inspiration and precious memories.
These dear friends have such an amazing life. Their children are blessed growing up with so many  valuable experiences and belonging to a beautiful, loving family.
 Farm life really does look  as good as I imagined! 



  • Anonymous

    All I can say is WOW!
    Fancy seeing our life through the eyes of another….I am feeling incredibly blessed … we do have so much to be thankful for. We all enjoyed your visit so much. Just to set the record straight…I have had to do one or two “rural, farm wife chores”….but rush quickly back inside and read or quilt or bake!
    God Bless your beautiful family.
    When can you come and play farms again!?
    Ems Mum

  • Emily Grace

    It was so, sooo wonderful to have you come and stay with us… πŸ™‚ getting to know your beautiful family, and being encouraged with sweet fellowship was such a precious blessing to all of us. Thankyou, thankyou so much for coming – it was an amazing few days spent with an incredible family. God bless you richly as you continue to shine Jesus’ light! We are all sooooo looking forward to coming up your way in December ( heha… and getting a tan, and being able to get our swimmers on ;)) and seeing your amazing home,and learn what banana trees look like πŸ™‚ but more than that… spending time with you all again – can hardly wait! πŸ™‚
    Beautiful, beautiful post and pics Mrs. Hoggie πŸ™‚ Love your blog soo much! πŸ™‚
    Love to you all!!
    Em xoxooxx

  • Anonymous

    Was such a wonderful and refreshing time on the farm. A huge thank you to our good friends for opening your hearts and home to us. The LORD is good!

  • Karen @ Pieces of Contentment

    Beautiful, beautiful post, gorgeous photos! The first of Miss A – priceless.
    Sounds like a very inspiring time away.

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