Have I ever mentioned that we call our place “Sagging Acres”? The fences are sagging, the barn roof is sagging, the horse’s back is sagging and the adult humans’ energy is sagging. There is so much work to do here it makes me tired just thinking about it! I read stories about single women who build their own houses and maintain huge pieces of property and…well, it is unimaginable to me!So when we experienced some recent problems, we learned a big lesson. We are never alone. And God intended for us to work together.
I was gone for a short vacation with the children when Jurgen, my husband, fell. He was in the backyard feeding the dogs and stumbled on something. He hit his head on the wall of the house and lost consciousness. The day had been a rainy one, so we didn’t expect anyone to be dropping by.
But John, a dear friend, drove into the field carrying tools to prop up our sagging barn. He worked by himself for a while, wondering why Jurgen wasn’t coming out to say “hello.” Finally, he decided to go to the house. After searching the inside of the house, he discovered Jurgen outside. It was just an extra blessing that he was a paramedic in a former life!
When I came home, I looked around at our five-acres and felt a renewed concern that it might be too much for us. “This is a lot to keep up with and we aren’t doing a very good job,” I told myself. But that’s when our second angel arrived.
Mary is Brigit’s horse teacher. Unexpectedly, she learned that her life had to change. She needed to move and had no place for her horses. So we offered our stalls and pasture. What could be better than adding three more horses to our Sagging Acres barnyard?!
Soon we discovered the wonder of Mary. She works so hard wherever she is. She has organized and cleaned out our barn, which is no longer sagging. She made a new, sturdier pen for the goats. She is ready to help with our animals whenever we need her. Her horses are talking to our horse and donkey and all of them are perking up.
What a blessing it is to have community!
It’s the nature of rural living, isn’t it? Good people and traditional values mean people look out for each other. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be in a city.
We wanted to repay John for fixing our barn. But he wouldn’t take money so we offered two dead lawn movers he was willing to take off our hands. Being more mechanically inclined, he took them home and repaired them with ease. So then he thought he should repay us! Actually, he is simply full of kindness. He came a few days ago to mow down the weeds that were growing high in our front yard.
There is always a lot to do on a farm – but with help, all things are possible! The fences may still be sagging here, but our spirits are soaring. If this keeps up we may just have to change the name of this special place!
About the author: Judith Costello and her family live at “Sagging Acres” in rural New Mexico. Judith and her husband Jurgen Haver created the website www.thedailychristian.com.