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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Russ-Stick Realville

In the last few weeks, we saw our final horse, Raz, head down the driveway to his new home.  Actually, he is “going home” to the place where he was born, a few miles east of us.  Our good friend, who loved him the minute she laid eyes on him as a newborn foal a decade ago, is thrilled beyond words to have him back.  

She still owns his Mama, along with several other horses, some also related to Raz., so he is very well received.  Every ride he has taken off our property has included a visit to this home, so he knows it as second nature.  We sent along his groceries too.  150 bales of hay, so the winter won’t be a burden to our good friends.

As for us…I found this quote tucked within my weekly Amish Newspaper (The Budget), which outlines our life desires to a T.  It is by Wendell W. Price.  There are many activities I must cut out simply because I desire to excel in my pursuit after God and holiness.” 

Will we miss Raz?  Of course.  But I truly believe God brought us to this point, for many reasons.  I must say, I was stunned to see my dear friend, Terri at Our Crazy Farm, was also at this point in her walk.  I think we were saying goodbye to our horses at the same time as she and her family saw their last couple equines leave the farm.  She, too, had horses for many years, with generational ties.  She summed up my feelings upon their departure when she stated “peace dominates the sadness…”.  She added, “These earthly treasures and delights don’t demand our attention like they used to, our satisfaction and joy is sought elsewhere.  We walk along now, after having tasted of glory and eternities nearness, refusing to be comforted by anything short of God Himself.  It’s a strange place to be, to live in this world as if we don’t belong here, strangers and aliens waiting to go home.”  

She goes on to state our feelings, as if snatched from our very thoughts.  See for yourself, HERE.  {Thank you dear Terri, for your ever-comforting words.}

As for our small farm, we still have chickens.  We had two batches hatched this summer, starting on Memorial Day, with the last one in August, with a count of 14 chicks, compliments of our hen, Israel.  What a sight that was!  This summer, we made a new tradition of Sunday dinner being chicken dinner, compliments of our young roosters who morphed into “manhood” throughout the summer.  They go from the outdoor butcher table right into the oven.  Fresh and delicious ~ baked chicken with ‘tators and thick gravy and the trimmin’s.  Next day or so, it’s Chicken Pot Pie with the leftovers.

As for me, my travels to the Amish community have increased tenfold.  (I’ll be leaving again on “Black Friday” to spend the day.)  I have enjoyed so many visits to various homes, being welcomed into the fold by children and adults.  In recent months, I’ve enjoyed road trips with my Amish friend, traveling to other Amish communities.   I’ve been learning about living out a Christ-centered life to the fullest extent (I now wear not only a skirt, but a head covering).  At times, the emotions are so raw, there are tearful conversations as we dig into revelations of the Word, and such. 

Oh friends, I have so much to tell, but hold back.  I couldn’t figure it out until I talked with a dear friend, who also knows the deep roots of the Amish life.  She summed it up with one word.  INTIMATE.  It is too “intimate”.  It’s SO true…to write any facet about my visits, is truly too intimate.  Perhaps someday I can figure out a way to do so.  The Lord will let me know.

As snow continues to fall, my eyes wander to the sled dogs, all 15 of them.  (Zip is in the cabin by the woodstove, with me.)  This is their time.  And they know it.  For us, it will be different, as it is the first year in over a decade that we aren’t open to the public for dog sled rides.  Calls continue to come in.  We have already had to turn away two Boy Scout troops and others.  I feel bad in doing so, but know our musher friends will pick up the slack and provide them with a wonderful experience. 

I have decided I’m going to check in here each week.  I’ve missed you, my friends.  There is so much to talk about, and we must advance the Kingdom, as the Lord tarries.

Until next time, Lord willing,



Amy said...

As always your posts are always so insightful. I understand the many things that have been removed in your life in pursuit of the walk. But I do not understand the horses. Particularly your last horse. He was not just a joy. He did indeed require chores, but was he not working for you? Do you strive to haul your own wood and such that he was responsible for? Would love to hear...

Amy said...

I do believe my comment has disappeared

As always, your posts are so insightful and thought provoking. I understand many of your changes to make your walk in life more simple. But I don't understand the horses, mostly the last horse. While he did indeed require chores, was he not also working for you. Do you now strive to haul the wood by hand? The Amish use animals in their life for working as well as business. Would love to hear more about your latest change...

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

I'm working with half my usual number of sheep this year, too, Sherry - and next year if the good Lord tarries it will be even less, maybe none, as He directs. Our one horse will hopefully have a new home before Christmas. So your post, which echoes so many of my own thoughts and prayers, really touched me!

Have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving ;)

rob bumstead said...

My journeys this year have Ben very ruff, simpathy is not my request. Its people like you guys that keep me ticking on trimming feet. It really saddens me to see this post. sherry and rRuss you guys are great people and I hope that this isn't the end of us getting to chatt anymore. you guys are alwase on my mind. I hope yas have happy holidays.

rob bumstead said...

To see this post saddens me. In know I fell out of the picture this fall but I didn't have any choice. I hope our paths continue to cross as I really think highley of you guys. I hope you guys have happy holidays

Dicky Bird said...

I too was touched by Terri's words! You two are inspirational to me. Happy Thanksgiving and blessings from Ringle, WI.

OurCrazyFarm said...

Love you and miss you, Sherry:) It always brings a smile to my face to see that you have a blog post~ looking forward to many more!

Simply Shelley said...

A beautiful post my friend. I feel your desire to be in God's will completely...my desire as well. I only wish I too could visit among the Amish. Maybe one day I will :) Blessings

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

Hey folks - First, I apologize for having to approve (which means "delay") your comments being posted. I posted all, even though there are some duplicates. Rob ~ we actually factored you in on the decision..."...but we won't see Rob any more...", but not to worry, we will re-evaluate in the spring. At least you will still see Raz at Pat/Deb's. :) Amy - Thanks for your question. We pursued additional training for Raz and was told (by an Amish trainer who spent time with him) that with his Mustang/Thoroughbred background he wasn't a good candidate for buggy/wagon training. We have to take the safe route, hence the decision. Cary, Dicky Bird, S. Shelley, and Terri from OCF ~ Thank you for the kind words ~ they mean so much, as do all the comments.