Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Family Farm

We did not come to Uganda to begin a family farm, but living in a remote place has allowed us to keep some animals from time to time.  We enjoy the benefits of fresh, "grass-fed," "organic" meat, eggs, and milk, and we also enjoy the benefit of having our children learn responsibility as they take care of animals.  Our current animals are a turkey and four dairy goats.  (We were also given a chicken as a gift recently, but the crowing at four o'clock in the morning was its death sentence...It tasted very nice in some barbecue sauce!)

Keeping animals also opens up some interesting conversations with our kids.  Hannah asked me the other day, "If the boy goat marries one of the girl goats, will it marry another one at the same time?"   (And then came the awkward pause on my part...) My answer was something like, "Well, yes, probably so.  God tells people not to do that, but goats can because they are animals."  Her response was, "Of course, Mom.  Goats don't know what God said so they can't obey that."  

It was so simple, and yet so profound.  Thank you, Hannah, for reminding me to be thankful that God actually speaks to us and that we can listen to Him and know what He wants us to do.  I am so thankful to be a person, made in the image of God, and able to have a relationship with Him!  So, I will enjoy our animals as gifts God has given us, but thanks to Hannah I am reminded to be thankful for the ability as a person to be in a relationship with the Creator of the universe.

Abigail singing to the turkey 

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