As happy as we are to see spring hit The Pickwick Place, we're also a little taken back. After all, it seems like fall was just winding down. And now, here we are almost May. Things are starting to pick up, and before long, the hustle will be back. Before we hit the ground running, let's answer the question, "What happened to winter?!"
The warm and mild winter allowed our family to spend a great deal of time outside. Dwight and Jordan, Greg's and my four year-olds, love keeping busy on our dairy farm. We fed calves, drove tractors, played in the shop, and so much more. There is never a lack of activity with these two around!
Winter was a different time around The Loft. January and February were a slower time of the year for weddings. We filled our Saturdays with barn dances, resale events, and even a women's retreat. I loved the planning and orchestrating of these events. Weddings are wonderful, but these were a nice change of pace, too. You can read more about our winter Loft events here.
Finally, one of the most substantial events of the winter for Greg and me was traveling to southwestern Kansas last month as a part of a group of farmers who wanted to provide relief for the ranchers impacted by historical wildfires. Ashland, the town we traveled to in Kansas, was the center of Clark County, a county where 85% of the land was scorched by wildfires. Lives were lost, homes were destroyed, and cattle herds were minimized. We organized supply drives here in Ohio before joining over 100 other farmers for the 16 hour drive west. We spent several days tearing out and rebuilding destroyed fence and hearing wonderful stories of heartbreak and hope. We chronicled our trip on this blog, for anyone that's interested in reading more.
There are more cars in the parking lot at Pickwick these days, signaling the start of a new season. As winter becomes a distant memory in the rearview mirror, we're thankful for the experiences we shared. Here's to the next chapter at Pickwick in 2017!