In the past, Geoff and I have worked demanding jobs with long hours and high stress which only left us with conflicting priorities, poor communication, and always a desire for more time, more money, and more things. Our focus has shifted. We now desire to draw closer to God by being more connected to His creation.
God’s plan is first revealed in the Garden of Eden when He picked up the dirt and breathed life into it creating Adam. We do not have God’s power, but we can tend the land with the same care and compassion. The soil can be maintained to bring life to fruits and vegetables and, in doing so, provide sustenance for our family and our animals.
Geoff and I often joke that my extra rib was originally part of his body. However, we both know that is not actually how I came to have one more rib than him. But, like Adam and Eve, we were created to work together: Geoff, as the leader and me, as his helper.
God gave Adam dominion over the animals and after the fall he added the arduous task of working the land. Geoff is the mastermind of this new life. The planning, the preparation and, to be perfectly honest, most of the actual labor will be his doing. Of course, he will have Anastasia around to help him during the day.
After the fall, God punished Eve with painful childbirth. I have done that once and, thankfully for me; we are now past that point in our lives. God also gave Eve the responsibility of being her husband’s helper. My responsibility is to help him achieve the desired outcome through financial backing and to occasionally assist him around the farmstead. I am to be his cheerleader and his strongest supporter.
We have almost 3.5 acres of beautiful Pennsylvanian land. To do nothing would be a pure waste of what has been provided to us. We are jumping off the hamster wheel and returning to a more agrarian lifestyle. We are a family focused on God’s plan for our lives while working together to care for the blessings that He has provided.