The last year has been an adventure for the Sweeten Family and our farm. Moving 460 miles north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has stretched us in ways that we never imagined. We continue to find ourselves marveling that God called us to move the family and farm operation. God has surrounded us with many new friends, and also blessed us with visits from friends and family from Indiana.
But honestly many things have not changed. We still make hay and it still gets rained on with a 20% chance predicted. Selling our hay continues to be a challenge. The kids continue to grow and both bless us and encourage us to become better parents. We still fight and argue. Sometimes we get discouraged and frustrated while wondering why we are here. We miss Indiana and being in a comfortable place.
Even in all this God is good! We have been blessed with a unexpected contract to raise yearling beef cattle for the summer. Jeremy was able to get things together and tear down and build fence quickly. While hay production will still be our main focus, this allows us to diversify. While hay sales are not what we were promised the bills are paid and we have new contacts in that area as well. The kids and I are raising broiler chickens and later in the summer will get some feeder pigs. The garden is planted and seems to be doing ok, except for the beans.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!