This weekend is one of the most important holidays for those that hold to the Christian faith, as do we. It is a good time to reflect on what Jesus did for us as a man when he was here on earth many years ago. As the Bible tells us in Romans 5 verses 6-8; When we were utterly helpless with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for him. Even if we were good, we really wouldn't expect anyone to die for us, though, of course, that might be barely possible. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Living Bible) I am very thankful for his great love for me and that I didn't need to reach a certain level of goodness before coming to him in repentance and asking him to be my Savior and Lord. I am also thankful for his continued grace in my life. If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I would encourage you to give it some serious thought this Easter season. Hopefully you have time to worship Jesus at a church service and maybe share some special time with family and friends. We will be having a carry in Easter breakfast at our church tomorrow morning before the service and then we have some friends, that we haven't seen for quite awhile, coming to our house for lunch. I am looking forward to a very good day!
It is hard to believe that on this date 20 years ago I was on my way, heading north, from Schaefferstown PA to Evans Mills NY. We had loaded all the cows and young stock onto two tractor trailer trucks and we were on our way to our new farm in Evans Mills NY. I was in our pick up truck with a friend from church, Stan High, and we were trying to stay ahead of the cattle trailers so that we would be here at the farm when they got here to unload. We did have a good crew here ready to unload the cattle when the trucks got here. Our friend, Kevin Schmitt, had built a ramp so we could get the cows off of the trailers when they got here. So when the trucks got here we set up the ramp and started unloading the cows. Most of them seemed to be glad to get off the truck and cooperated with us when we put them into their stalls and fed them some hay. It was a long day for the cows, and us, but it was a good day. It was an amazing feeling to milk the cows in our barn for the f
We are thankful to God for His faithfulness to us in the 20 years that we have been farming here. We moved here hanging onto a frayed shoestring of hope and faith that this was what we were to do and we look back now and can see the many times God has carried us through on our journey so far. We are also very thankful for family, friends and neighbors that have come along side and helped us as we are seeking to fulfill the dream of having our own dairy farm. Who knows how long we will be counting but the first 20 years have been a good experience for us and we look forward to the years to come!
We moved here to our farm nearly 20 years ago from PA. When we were getting ready to move we needed to find a market for our milk. We decided to sell our milk to Dairylea Cooperative Inc. So for the past nearly 20 years a milk truck has come every other day and picked up our milk for Dairylea Cooperative. A few years ago our neighbor started sending his milk to Agri-Mark Cooperative. We had talked a few times about what he was getting paid for his milk and it seemed he was usually getting a little better price for his milk. So, when the Agri-Mark inspector stopped in and asked if I would be interested in taking a look at what they could do for me I said I would like to do that. Long story short, they were able to offer us a better price for our milk than what we were currently getting so we decided to switch to shipping our milk to Agri-Mark. It took a little while to jump through all the hoops to get out of our contract with Dairylea but as of today we are officially producing for milk for Agri-Mark Cooperative. So today was historic in the fact that we are now shipping our milk to a new cooperative after being with Dairylea for almost 20 years.
Hello, if you are a follower of this blog you will remember that Angela was doing the blogs. Well, things have gotten busy for her and so Stan, her dad, is filling in for now. I am not as techno savy as her so I am not sure how this will work but I am going to try and post on a hopefully regular basis.