I asked for 1, but got 500!!

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Oct. 11, 2016

I asked for 1 but got 500!!

My friend, Debbie, had a birthday gift for me. She said she got it at a craft show from a young lady who had the words, ‘Psalm23’ on her chaulk board.  Debbie asked her if she had anything for sale with Psalm23 on it.  The lady said she used to, but because she had gotten some flack about it, she took it off.

Right then, my heart and my sword took a leap.  You thinking, ‘sword?’ what are you talking about? Keep reading

june 2015…..Should I continue this farm blog?

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Should I write a blog?

June 10, 2015

Excited to write a entry in my farm blog, but tragedy struck. I know to “save’ anything on the computer. I wrote the blog entry, saved it, then went to website, like I always do, to check to see how it looks. If I notice off the bat if there are any mistakes. I went to the webpage and75% of the blog is GONE!!! What happened? Immediately , I texted Michael Miessner, the guy that does our farm website. He called back and tried to look on the server, on his side, but to no avail.

July 31, 2015

And now, I am up to date It has taken me a month to final get all the word documents, finding files and put them into the new website’s blog.

Hope you are learning a lot of how these days go around here on this fantastic farm!

Today, I officially, sold my first ‘grass fed beef’ to customers, two families vacationing together in the mountains. Chef Mo, recommended us!!

Amen.

Easter, 2015, Puppy… three days in hiding

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Puppy got run over and lived to tell about it.

Have I told the story of Puppy? Puppy is a Sharplanenic Guardian Livestock dog who was Medo’s son and lived on the farm a wee bit. A wee bit until he was the culprit of bite marks on the pony and dead turkeys in the field. We had to find a home for him. Our assistant Pastor and his wife said they would love to have him and there is where Puppy lived for over 8 years. Alan and Camie had decided to adopt children and needed to find a home for Puppy. My Julianne told them that he could come to the farm. Well, It was easy for Julianne to say for Puppy to come to the farm, Julianne doesn’t have to deal with the farm on a day to day basis.

Weeks went by and I kept saying, no, there are too many dogs here already. Medo was still doing well and alive. I guess Julianne tried to find different homes but God had other plans. Puppy came here, boy, I wish I could remember exactly when! I had to make sure that Medo accepted Puppy . Two big dogs getting along again!

So, Medo and Puppy were pretty good together.

I had scheduled time with Danielle to help out with Graham, so she could do her job. It was fun for me…hotel…good food, Graham, Danielle, just babysitting!!!

So, I was driving home to the farm and I get a call from Dan, he knew I was coming home that day. He sounded awful and I asked him what was wrong. He said that Puppy was missing.

 

Well, was I wrong to be a bit upset? Did he not look for him? Dan continued to tell me that ( mind you this is Thursday afternoon ) on Tuesday morning as he was backing out to go to work, he felt, heard his truck run over something! You can guess what /who he ran over. Dan figured since Puppy ran up to the porch, he was OK. I am so sorry to say, but that might tell you what kind of farmer Dan is!

He thought since Puppy walked away, he was OK. Well, Dan didn’t see/find Puppy that night and the next, and the next. I know that Dan wasn’t going to to tell me cuz he thought Puppy would just show up. Dan could have at least told Julianne. She would have been there in a second and look for him to check him over!!

I remember pulling over and just feeling like throwing up. I talked to God, shouted to God cuz I just didn’t have the calmness to talk to anyone else.

Could He, of course, He could, bring Puppy back to life if he was dying somewhere? I must have talked to God for half an hour. I told Him how if He could raise Jesus, and Lazarus and I believe there are others, from the dead, He could help a little ( for those of you who know him, hehe) dog out. I knew He could answer my pleading prayer.

 

As I rounded a bend in the interstate near Greensboro, there was a gigantic billboard…. HE IS RISEN…… is what it said. So, I knew God could save Puppy. I don’t know how many minutes passed. I know that my foot was pretty heavy on the gas pedal, hurrying to get home…to look for Puppy.

Meanwhile, at QMS, word, somehow, got out that Puppy was missing, Julianne starting crying and Dan felt terrible.

It was good that I had three hours more to go, cuz I wasn’t sure how to react to Dan, if I could have been home in 30 minutes. I am working on that. Forgive others as we ask our Father to forgive us. yeah, Dear God, don’t give me anymore situations to learn from.

It turns out that Cameron and Dan got to the farm and Cameron found Puppy, under the antique wash bucket stand on the front porch. They called me and I am relieve and again eternally grateful to God for taking care of one of the special animals on our farm. Puppy laid for a couple days without moving much, I bandaged his gash, gave him water and much needed TLC. He is Alive!

jan. 15, 2015 Who would travel 2 hours for a $12.00 ice cream groupon?

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Would anyone in their right mind travel an hour and a half for ice cream? I did because I didn’t read the fine print. Anyone who knows the Gallagher family knows we love our ice cream. I love to give the gift of time to my girlfriends, cuz Lord knows, they have everything they need and one more knickknack on the shelf doesn’t do it. So, Jo and I picked a date and off we went, to travel to Kingsport, TN to get ice cream and of course any sign that said ‘antiques’, our truck would automatically go into their parking lot.

It’s pretty rare for me to go into an antique shop and not find something that had ‘farm, little white house’, all over it. Yes, it happened. There was a parking spot right in front of a store called “Heirloom Antiques.” In we go. Right away, the ‘owner’ said welcome and asked where we were from. Jo answered. I was too busy already perusing the shelves.   Lo and behold, what caught my eye? A gigantic stained glass lamp shade with fireflies around the bottom edge. GORGEOUS. I knew where it belonged, in the horse barn that has a destiny to be the new wool studio since Matthew and Heather have moved into the ‘little white house’ on the farm. I asked the owner, who later introduced himself as Joshua Trimm, quoted me a price for the chair that this gorgeous lamp shade was sitting on. I chuckled and said, “oh no, the shade?’ He price it and jo came over and said, ‘Now, let’s get to other store and you don’t need that.” Well, it’s a good thing, I don’t listen to my friends, haha. I was actually astatic. See, I was looking for industrial ceiling shades? Is that what you call those things? At the Odd Fellows Antique store in Asheville for awhile. It was ‘on the list’ for me to ask Robert Mackey, our good friend and electrician, to go with me and check them out BECAUSE I needed overhead lighting in the upstairs horse barn. Well, I sure do appreciate my God allowing that to not pan out. That firefly lampshade was supposed to come to the farm! I asked Joshua if he had any others, cuz it should would look good with three lights overhead. He said no, and I told him that I could just hug him, I was so happy to buy those firefly lampshade. Don’t worry girls, I didn’t. I just told him I could! So, I ventured quickly through his store and SAW ANOTHER shade, still stain glass, but different color scheme, not something I would have bought first, BUT something I would buy to have with my fireflies! I told him, I thought you didn’t have anymore, hehe, with a chuckle. Joshua said, well, I wasn’t going to sell it, but as a matter of fact. I have another of those. My ex’s mother gave me those and I have been hanging on to them. Well, you know I then started telling him all about the farm and that those lamp shades would be in a good home. What’s his bottom price? God blessed me again. Wonderful price for all three and I started to get payment. He needed my email to send me my receipt. I spelled out p-s-a-l-m-2-3-j-w…and Joshua said, “He maketh me lie down in green pastures.” I smiled and knew he was His. I started talking about God, and asked if he was a believer and he just shouted, ‘Praise the Lord, I am saved.” I laughed with the Holy Spirit’s love. We finished our business and then shared our ‘elevator’ stories ( Thank you Stephanie! She can tell you want that it…business talk) Once he became a believer, he needed to know why his gift of being an entrepreneur was so successful. God showed him that making money was for a purpose. He was to use it to go into the mission field. Joshua asked Jo, if I give tours of the farm and that he would really like to come and see ‘the farm’. Lord, that is why I constantly want the farm to be and look its best. Your creation. Your beautiful creation….to be praised.

Later that night, I looked up Heirloom Antiques and yes, he has a knack for business. Joshua started this particular business only in 2012. How does one do that?? Well, I know one thing if Joshua does come to the farm, he will get the three hour tour and in turn, I would love to hear his thougths on ‘how I can get everything DONE that’s on my list!

Heirloom Antiques even does consignments.