A comedian once said “You can't fix stupid”. His meaning was that we can change our hair color, get a facelift, have our eyebrows done, add some fake eyelashes, improve our cup and butt size, get fake nails, go to a tanning bed, get colored contacts, we can even add some spanks to suck it all in. But at the end of the day you are YOU. A husband walks in the door and although she appears to be different on the outside, the real person is still on the inside. Even when the real you is wrapped in a different package.
As our planet starts to wrap itself into a different package or pattern, it is the same planet that we have always loved. This rain has brought so much relief, yet also sadness to so many people. The Texas Lavender people are suffering and could loose everything. I know this is just a small group of people. Many people have lost loved ones. Roads and homes have been washed away while taking many dreams along with it. The water has risen and fallen so many times. Hay fields can not be bailed, lavender can not be harvested, vegetable gardens are dead, grass is gone, animals are seeking high ground.
A mommy turtle must have been extremely lost because the only high ground she could find to lay her eggs was in our wedding chapel.
The rubber boot business is in full swing this year. Our guests have certainly needed them this year. As Mommy turtle lays her eggs in this devastation I quickly realize that life does go on. There is a balance of nature and it WILL find a way. We now have crawdads living in our yard along with frogs and some extraordinarily beautiful butterflies. Nature finds a way to adapt while we stand around wondering what or if we will be able to harvest. Will we loose it all, or can some of it be saved? It is a big question for many farmers. Yet we sit by day after day, watching the rain, praying for a sunny day, just waiting for the opportunity to get in the field and get our job done so we can provide for our family. It may seem like a farm is just a hobby, but it is a way of living for us. If we can't open, we are washed away with all the muck. Our family started the farm because of our love of lavender, it's beauty and benefits. We have spent years, hours upon hours, putting our heart into each and every precious plant. Sweat, blood, and tears are in those fields.
The grounds are walked every single day to ensure that the fields are maintained, that we have sufficient product in the store, and that the treehouse is clean and tidy for the next guest. We feed the ducks, chickens, and even our treehouse guests their breakfast. We keep things beautiful for photo opportunities and sunny day visits. We even keep the birds fed so they will stay around to joyfully sing to you in the mornings. Of course the dogs are also fed well, as you may pet them and enjoy their company. All of this is done for your satisfaction and I can say it is done with pride, love, and joy.
The people on this farm have a high level of commitment to hospitality that is freely given. Nothing will rain on our parade!! We walk in the snow, rain, mud, and the heat of the summer to give you our best. With blisters on our feet and hands we stand proud and at the end of the day. We reminisce about how much the children laughed, how big a fish someone caught, a super complement about an employee, or how wonderful a product was for someone. We laugh and cry together and wonder what is around the next corner. It is as real as real gets and it happens seven days a week. No break or vacation, and very little rest. So why do we do all of this? It is so very simple and true. It is a gift that we never take for granted. We do this for.......LOVE.