I quit !
...my decade long job as medical surgical weekend night nurse at the small community hospital near us. A decision that was many months in the making. My last day is Oct 30, which will allow Keith and I to investigate the location of all the poor houses in our area, as we may need a place to live if this new idea tanks.
It is time for us to fish or cut bait, and take a leap of faith. Either this farm is ready to be totally "sustainable" enough to support itself or it isn't, but we will not know until we cry...I mean TRY. Our hog and raw milk business has been steadily growing but is far from reaching its potential. We feel if I am home full time we can accomplish so much more.
The response from our 4 grown children was most amazing.
From "way to go mom !" to "what the @%&! are you thinking !!??" I feel the same way. Why would I leave a great job with great pay and super benefits like health insurance ? I am leaving because it is time.
Time for me to put my money (or soon to be lack of money) where my mouth is. Time to put everything I have , instead of just half of what I am capable of, into our family farm. Time to trust God, which is so easy to do when life is stable and much harder to do when life gets challenging. I have been in health care for 36 years, 25 of which has been as an RN. I have loved that job, especially the 11 years I spent caring for hospice patients but the seasons they are- a -changing and I am pulled to another season of my life.
Keith and I are blessed in so many ways allowing this decision to be a little easier to make. Our four children do not rely on us financially, our health is good, (well, Keith's is fantastic and mine is good enough and that averages out to be good ), our minds are clear at least 80% of the time. We LOVE what we do here on South Pork Ranch and we love sharing it with our friends and families. So wish us luck as we begin to sever the corporate safety nets we have kept underneath us for so many years, and begin to build supports of faith, hope and charity, and by charity I mean YOU GUYS. Because when we lose the house, the farm, the land it might be your porch we show up on with our sleeping bags in hand ! Lock your doors.