When Roy and I first met, we were friends, nothing more. When getting to know each other, I told him I wanted a farm. He said, “I have a farm”. I said, “Well, I want to have chickens on my farm”. He said “I have chickens”. He asked why I wanted a farm with chickens and I couldn't really give an answer other than telling him that I just felt like I was meant to have a simpler life than I have right now. “Interesting”, he said. I wasn't looking for a relationship; I was fine having a farm of my own with my own chickens. But that is not how the story ends.
I lived in the suburbs of Chicago all of my life and ended up working for Corporate America. I was always on the go and always had something going on. Rush, rush, rush … go, go, go! - That was my life. My desire and longing for a simpler life evolved when I was 26 years old (16 years ago … yikes!). I wrote a list of things that I wanted out of life. The list was completely different from anything I have ever known. How is it that I wanted to have a simpler life on a farm when I don’t even know what that means? Will I really have a simpler life or will it be more complicated due to my inexperience? Will I like my life if I make these changes? Will I regret leaving behind everything I have worked so hard for my entire life? Since then, I had a son, a failed relationship, a high pressure job, and a happy life - but more complicated than ever.
Roy and I hit it off right away. Although we led very different lives, we had a lot in common. We had similar life goals and ideals. We eventually fell in love and became engaged. I have to say that all of those worries I had about living on a farm have vanished. I love being on the farm with our chickens, guineas, bees, and cats. I love having a full garden with delicious fruits and vegetables. I love going out to the fields of wheat, millet, peas, and sunflowers to see how they are coming along. I love learning how to drive a tractor (although my first lesson was a little scary for me, but we will talk about that another time).
Don’t get me wrong, I have had to make a lot of adjustments going from living in the city to living in the country. Changes like being woken up by a rooster rather than a blaring alarm, going outside to gather up food for my meal instead of getting it at the grocery store, leaving all of the doors and windows open at night to let in fresh air instead of locking up every opening to the house, and having a little more privacy instead of worrying about your nosy neighbors and what they think of you. These are just a few of the differences in my life of which I love every moment. I look forward to sharing our experiences of the farm with you whether it is a humorous life adjustment, a story about the animals, or an update on how harvest is coming along.
I made it here, I am living my dream, and I couldn't be happier. Roy and I hope you will enjoy reading about all of our adventures at Pfz Farms!