Since the arrival of 2016, this humble farm has been blessed with an abundance of goodness.
I took on the third decade at the end of January. To celebrate, I treated myself to a weekend vacation in North Carolina to catch up with friends while my gracious neighbors kept an eye on the farm.
Shortly after my return to Tennessee I was blessed with an extraordinary gift. Ophelia entered the world on the morning of February 3rd, following an evening of intense thunderstorms. She was discovered in the barn, huddled behind a gate panel while her new mom, Mademoiselle, stood out in the pasture clearly uninterested in nursing. The next 6 days and nights blurred together in a series of 4 hour intervals consumed by mixing bottles, cleaning stalls, and many desperate attempts to convince Mademoiselle that bonding with her cria was a good idea.
This 4 hour work shift schedule gave me a tiny glimpse into new parenthood. It was a great relief to discover Ophelia finally beginning to nurse when I went out to deliver her 3:00 AM bottle on the morning of the 7th day.
Since then, she has become quite the little personality. Independent and inquisitive, Ophelia is always the first to the gate in the morning when I walk out to the pasture each morning.
A couple weeks after Ophelia's arrival, I had the honor of shooting a childhood friend's maternity session. JJ and Tyler came up to the farm one chilly afternoon and hung out with the animals while I captured memories.
As subjects in both my first wedding and maternity session, I am grateful for these two in trusting me with the opportunity to preserve these special moments in their lives.
The month of February was filled with incredible moments. On the afternoon of the 28th, I was working in the garden and noticed a strange sight in the back pasture. Upon closer inspection I realized that Angie was in the middle of delivering a beautiful young lady that eventually became known as Clementine.
Clementine was the first alpaca birth that I have seen from the (almost) beginning to end. Having the opportunity to witness the creation of life was an incredible and humbling experience.
Ophelia and Clementine have become the best of friends. They are hilarious to watch bouncing around the pasture right after sunset; an equal dose of young awkwardness and natural grace.
Spring has arrived on this lovely mountain, bringing with it a dose of sunny days. This has made the past few weeks of hosting farm tours absolutely delightful.
Some of the most memorable trips have been from area school groups. It is an honor to share my knowledge with young minds while providing a first hand look into sustainable textile farming.
As the weather warms, the creek has become a favorite destination. The swimming hole has recently received an upgrade via some amazing volunteer worker bees. The new hand-built dam has become a friendly reminder that play is an essential part of learning and growing.
Summer is quickly approaching. With it comes workshops, farm to table events, and camping retreats at the farm.
Forever grateful for this life. The journey has not been easy, but the rewards are priceless.