farming, Feed Store, Things I Enjoy

Opening Day 2018

Good Evening Folks!

Today was better than I ever expected – and I expected great things to begin with.

First off, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that came in, that shared our posts on Facebook, and showered us in prayers.

Opening Day
The Walker Crew on Opening Day Mar. 1, 2018

The reality of all we have taken on, and the shoes we have to fill, was evident to us today. Every where I turned today, evidence of the Young Family was present. As a customer myself, I felt an enormous sense of something missing.

I was studying some paper taped to a wall, when underneath, I found these gems.

The Young's marks in the door frame.
While inches can be measured, like the Young’s did here, other growth is harder to measure, but hard to miss.

I felt a tightness in my chest. The memories here are rich and deep and part of the pulse of this feed store.

Inspiration rose in me, and we started our own growth marks, on the opposite side of the door frame.

Marks on the door frame - how did they get this big?
The Walker’s will grow in more than just inches at the feed store.

We will add a line every year as the kids grow. It’s hard to mark lines for how much we will grow over the course of this endeavor. But I’m sure the door frame isn’t tall enough to really mark off the growth that will happen.



We brought our old dog with us. He was a rescue…11 years ago when I brought him home. He’s been on do many adventures with us. My kids are all deeply attached to him. We see his age in the slow way he stands, in the look in his eyes. He isn’t the youngster he was when I brought him home.

The twinge will remain for some time – missing the friendly faces of Jack & Staci & Hayden & Tag. The wealth of knowledge, the friendly service, the authenticity they exhibited.

The feed store isn’t the same as it was yesterday, and that was hard for me to face. But I realized that, while I was to embrace and keep the charm, we will add our own touch moving forward, and that will be good, too.

The Young Family at closing time, Feb 28, 2018

Here is to moving forward, embracing life, not being the same, but also not changing all that is great about the journey we are on.

Here is to answering questions that make me a little nervous, that make me question what I know, that make me dig deeper. Here is to figuring out our systems, our checks, our balances. Here’s to new friends, new faces, new days, new adventures.

There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for the Young Family – for passing the torch, for their legacy, for the strong foundation they’ve passed along. For their kindness, their wisdom, their warmth. I could write 1,000 posts and it would not be enough to express how my cup runneth over and how they have blessed me and my family.


Just Like Jesus

God knew what He was doing when He caused my path and hers to intersect. He sent me a friend and I think she is straight from heaven itself.
This woman gives sacrificially of her time, encouragement, and self. She is walking through one of the most difficult situations in life, and she is so sweet and positive through it – always praising God for His goodness. She is always quick to take the time to pray over my family when we have need – no matter how much she is facing.
One of the things that stood out to me from the first time I met her, and jumps out every single time I hang out with her, is she never says a bad thing about her husband. And when I say never, I mean never. She says very kind things about him, but not in a “hard to hang out with” way.
She doesn’t gloat or brag in an unrealistic way. Her words don’t sound rehearsed, or forced. She doesn’t sound like she’s trying to sell us on how great her husband is. She doesn’t sound better than us, or like she is trying to out do us. None of that negative stuff.
She just never says a bad word about her husband.
Every time I talk to her, or hang out with her, she makes me want more of Jesus. I was thinking, “I want to be just like her!” She is flowing with light and goodness from God, with His living water, and without ever nagging, pushing, prodding, or telling me “how to be a good Christian” she makes me want more Jesus, she naturally causes me to seek Him more, and to want to be more like Him.

As I ponder all of this, and pray over her and thank God for her, I am examining my own life. Is my light shining this brilliantly? What steps can I take today, to help my light shine for those around me? No nagging, self-righteous, take this steps, get on my level type actions/words…just light, and love, and His glory being made known by my kind words, my lack of harsh words, and my always thanking Him for His hand in my life.


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