Down With Trees presented by Fleetfarm

Published on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:18pm

Jordan and I really enjoy living in the country. We love the quiet, we love the space, and we love watching our daughters grow up the same way we did—free to run and explore. But life in the country also has its challenges. An acreage requires constant upkeep, and that takes a lot of time. Mowing the lawn is just the beginning— there are outbuildings to maintain and, for us, trees to deal with.

My husband has a deep hatred for volunteer trees. Nothing irks him more than finding a young sapling sprouting right next to our shed or emerging under pine trees. He works diligently to keep them from crowding our shelterbelt and, well, everything. If left unchecked, Jordan and I are convinced that volunteer trees will overtake a farm. For that reason, our fall clean-up involves making wood—lots and lots of wood. Last year we installed a wood stove in our basement to help take the edge off of winter heating bills as well as to tackle our overabundance of trees. So, Jordan’s free time is spent cutting and splitting wood, and we know he’s not alone.

I hate to admit it, but Jordan and I can easily become discouraged by the amount of work it takes to make our farm look nice. Especially when we’re involved in other activities and try to volunteer at church as much as possible, it’s hard to find the time to keep up. We don’t have any plans to move to town but, when we feel overwhelmed, it is our default conversation. As we paint an outbuilding or put steel on yet another roof or stack wood, we bait each other, saying things like, “If we lived in town, we wouldn’t be doing this right now.” And, sometimes that sounds really nice. I’m sure living in town comes with its own set of challenges—but the grass sure does look greener (and more manageable) on the other side.

But, then we watch our girls chase the chickens or play with our barn kitties and we are reminded once again that we do love living in the country. There is satisfaction in hard work and there is blessing in remaining diligent. So, we press on. We do what we can when we can, and if some projects get left until next year – we’re learning that’s okay too. There’s something special about farm life, so if that means we have to continually battle volunteer trees, I guess that’s just what we’ll do.