Ebenezer Series: Life in the Country

Acknowledging God’s magnificent hand in my

otherwise ordinary life

Farm living did have its drawbacks. Namely, mice. Big ones, and initially, lots of them! But even that made me stronger.

This is the room I chose as my bedroom. Obviously it had been a kids' room prior, but I did not invest any money into making it more age-appropriate for me. Notice the mousetrap on the floor by the waste basket.

This is the room I chose as my bedroom. Obviously it had been a kids’ room prior, but I chose not to invest any time or money into making it more age-appropriate for me. Notice the mousetrap on the floor by the waste basket.

There were signs of mice everywhere and I invested in traps by the bagful. {Sorry, but I truly am a farmgirl at heart and I knew that catching and releasing them was futile. If I was going to have a rodent-free home, I needed to take drastic measures.}

At first I would let my dad know that I had caught one {or two} and he would stop by when he was in the area and empty the traps and reset them for me. But then I got braver, step by step.

I soon picked the occupied traps up with gloves and pliers and set them outside my porch door. Next thing I knew, I was emptying the traps and resetting them myself. Never fun, but better than lying awake at night listening to them scampering around me or finding traces of them in my clothes closet or kitchen. Eeesh! For the first several weeks, I was always on guard, sure that one would jump out at me from anywhere.

I will throw in more kudos to my family here. It was “my” responsibility to keep the BIG yard mowed, but I didn’t have a mower and was never a strong lawn mower, so my parents and brother also took care of that for me, hauling their mower over and taking care of things as they found the time. A big thank you to them for that! What a blessing to have a family who supports you and is always there for you. In writing this, I am realizing just how much they selflessly took care of me. {I have not been blatantly pointing out every situation that afforded an Ebenezer stone, but instead, listing the blessings as they came, but I will make it a point to say that a stone would be raised here.}

One of my friends from the university decided to move into the farmhouse with me after I had been there a couple of months. She was a total city girl, so it was quite a change for her, but she was a trooper. I remember the chirping crickets kept her up at night and, at first, she had no idea what they were. But she really loved this taste of country life and it was fun to have her company.

We laughed a lot. I smile now as I remember that I considered it a successful evening if I caused her to “fall” off of her chair after dinner and lie on the floor holding her aching stomach from laughing so hard. Aaah, those were fun times. It was a good thing I had the mouse situation under control a bit before she moved in though 😉

Since I had my little studio in the house, I began drawing, painting and creating things as I had time and decided to rent space at a local consignment shop so I could sell some of my items. Being creative truly was my heart’s desire and I wanted to make a go of it. I decided that after 4 and a half good years, I would leave my position at the university and just work part-time at the newspaper and spend the rest of my time creating things to sell at the shop.

I truly loved my university friends and co-workers and, on one hand, it was really hard to leave a place where I fit in and felt I belonged and was doing some good, but I agreed to stay in touch and looked forward to new and exciting opportunities ahead.

The send-off party my friends threw for me at the university.

The send-off party my friends threw for me at the university.

Little did I know that new and exciting things were closer than I imagined.

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