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The Very Best School

Pamela Dysinger


Pamela Dysinger

Bountiful Blessings Farm



  • November 12, 2015
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I want to share with you. Just a tiny bit of a story. My husband has just completed and we're waiting for it from the press. A very exhaustive compilation on agriculture. And he and Devore to go back to original sources which has been interesting. So here's a letter that he found that he shared with me. And that's where I got the title of this message. That's not me. So this is from a letter in written in eighteen. Ninety nine. W.C. white dog brother Colston Colston's necessity. So Brother Colston was a new convert in Australia. So W.C. White sees this man's necessity. Listen to this. And he borrowed eight pounds from our blacksmith and loaned it to him. So he didn't even have the money to loan it to Brother cost him but he borrowed from the BRAC blacksmith and loans to Brother Colston so that he so and here's what he does with that money he loaned him eight pounds. That he might make a beginning. And all are glad and more than a donnish to see the beginning he has made. And in in an in a more broad reading of it I think it says that he bought out in the bush. Twelve acres. So it was quite far out. About twelve acres have been cleared and planted with sweet corn and field corn. The squee sweet corn they will eat. And the field corn they will sell the vegetables that have been grown help a great deal in supporting the family. The little lad. He had three children at. And they were like eight ten and twelve. The little lad. Are working with their father. Like little farmers. They are so earnest and full of zeal that it is amusing to look at them and see how happy they are in their work. They have not so much. The CYA T. besides their own family connections. But they are in the very best school they could be in. We think we feel thankful to God that we see. For what we see. And we shall encourage those who come into the truth. To take up land which they can cultivate. And so sustain themselves. Though I know that my words. The pen of inspiration tells us that agriculture is the very best. And so we we have. Jonathan and I sat down and tried to think about our experience. And why. Why is gardening or why is agriculture the very best school. Because as the sign says it all began in a garden. That's actually from Kiersten sweating because her love story began in the garden too. So God knew what was best. All along he placed the places it. Places you and your children. Where you are surrounded by God's creation. And so that's the beginning why gardening. That's here we're going to have a person education means more than the mere study of books. It is necessary that both the physical and mental powers be exercised in order to have a proper education. When and counsel with the Father before the world was. Was it was dead so it was designed that the Lord God should put plant a garden for Adam and Eve in Eden and give them the task of caring for the fruit trees and cultivating in training the vegetation useful labor was to be their safeguard. And it was to be perpetuated through all generations to the close of the of Earth's history. So useful labor was as a safeguard. Did I miss aside you know. OK So this is just part of the why. Why you naturally. Learn the balance between faith and work. Can you think of an example. The There was one time where my parents were actually out of town and. We were Josh and I think were responsible at the time for covering all the crops it was winter time. And we had or it would have been spring there was a fall and it was we were it was a warmer weather. Yeah you know just in the fall. OK it was fall and we were expecting frost. But the days times were warm and so we had a whole greenhouse full of raspberries that we were supposed to be covering and. We forgot one night to do the covering which was our responsibility. And it got very cold that night and we lost the whole crop of raspberries and. That was a situation. Looking back where you know you can't trust the Lord to protect your crops unless you've done your part. You know and. So you learn a lot of different things like that that. Teaches you to do your part. And not just exclusively rely on the Lord. This. Fortunately was the tail end of the crop. God is good he lets us learn the lesson. But so hard. So another. Why is that you learn you learn from a young age that life is about work and work becomes play. And that's something that we don't really see in the majority of young people today. Is a good work ethic. So John going to share some of the thing. Most people would consider but I know you considered. Play. Well one that I can remember was growing up we had every day of the week. Or you know. Sunday through Thursday I guess we had in the evenings about an hour. Of family fun time we'd call and so Mom had. Mom and Dad had kind of said that each of us kids chose the activity for one evening a week of fun. And so we would do things like kickball or tag and in the yard are curious and always wanted to play doctor something but fairly fairly regularly especially. You know in the fall when we were getting ready for winter. I would like to choose going and cutting wood for family fun time with. I don't know I just really enjoyed going out in the woods and chopping up trees Holland and under the trailer and and bringing it home but I think I was the only one that enjoyed. I don't think that's true. I think his brother loved it just as much and imagine S.. You know for our family time for our play time. We are actually accomplishing a very necessary task. So I we tried not to let him know. How much we appreciated that. But I. Yeah Johnson love to do that kind of work. So we kind of tried to to break it up and this is not a perp there's so much more. That could be said. There's so much. This is just sort of the beginning. So those are the whys. You know it really teaches you about faith and works and I can say that as such you know. We have all these seminars about faith and works. Let me tell you farming is a totally about faith and works in action every day. It just becomes very clear that we have a part to play. And then that you have. You have opportunity to really have a good work ethic. So these are some life skills that we saw of that sort of naturally come and. That part of what we want to. We want to share is just that. Apart from stressing ourselves. About book work. There is so much. That is taught from just living. An agrarian type of life. So common sense. And I'll share a just a little illustration we have a lot of people that come through the farm and. We had you know things that to us are just obvious. And you do them all the time and I'm sure it would be different if you know but. But certain things are just like common sense. So to me a common sense thing as if you want to put a stack of C.S.A. been on a hand truck or Dolly I call it. You have to kind of lean. The stack up a little bit in order to get the hand truck. Under. I mean it just seems like. Just obvious. I mean that's just a so simple. And we had a young person visiting our farm one time. And they were not old they were probably twelve or thirteen. And I asked them to do that and I'm telling you they could not figure out how to get that stack of stuff on hand truck. Just simple things. Not everybody's going to maybe have that challenge but just plain old common sense of how do you. A stink through things. The behind a hoe. You learn a lot of common sense. And I can say that where common sense is lacking and I've seen this personally. Where common sense does lacking. Get him in the garden behind a tool and common sense is a natural byproduct of being in the garden. Lodz pardon. You have a logical and concrete thinking. You know it's interesting I I could tell you a lot about my home schooling and. I'm pretty passionate about the balancing of home schooling and and farming and I feel my inadequacy often yet the Lord keeps bringing me back to this year or last year I determined with Caleb my youngest. I am going to use some just plain old workbooks. I'm not a workbook person but I thought this wouldn't hurt him this would be maybe good for him or got under those workbooks. And the kinds of things they teach like trying to teach the quench all activities. What it was so. So simple for him because when you're used to just regular living and OK if we're going to go out and plant. Well you gotta first get the stuff from the greenhouse and you gotta get the tools then you got. So you're always doing. The quench all logical. Concrete activities that she chew that all of life has an order. And you have to start. If you want an end result. You've got to start with the seed. If you want the fruit. And then another one is just the reasoning power from cars to effect. You have you can you think of any cause to effect kind of illustrations. We well I mean I guess I would say this in on the farm. Everything is about cause to affect Johnson already told you a story. You know if you forget to leave. If you forget to close the doors on who Palace. And it's going to frost. And you have frost sensitive stuff in there. It's a cause to effect happening. You leave the door open. You lose what you have there. One time the boys. I think it might have been Joshua it was he was going to plant and propagate some little tomatoes and. He had them in a little. Sir. I can't think of what it's called but it just in a tray that we have and the tray has a lid that goes over it. To keep the the. The blocks more east. And so I don't know if he had lacked getting instruction from his father or what but he left the little plants under that cover. In the WHO Palace. And you know. So much more east you're within a day they were all totally root and very obvious. If you don't. Now. Jonathan doesn't take credit for that one. If you don't. If you leave the lid on. What's inside. Is boiled. So there's just a ton of cause to effect on a farm this year me to park. OK I'll talk about the first one. I mean these are all kind of. That is Jonathan. That's probably about the age he was when I really realized he had a mind. That was made for trying he was I trying to find the easy way to do things so he had taken the the chassis off of his Tonka truck. And he created his first walk behind mower. Still ride behind. Yeah he didn't want to walk behind it. I mean you can see if he was not on that thing he'd hardly be big enough to push the handle. But he had taken the chassis off and he had figured if he held the handle. Because it was a self-propelled one and he stood on this chassis. Off he would go and I just saw him flying past the dining room door. And I thought wow. Wow i i guess who's going to be the engineer in the family and that is true. So that these victims say that we. Well with the time saving things I don't like the term. Labor saving devices. And because it then it kind of makes it sound like you're trying to get out of work. But. So I generally. You know I'm not trying to figure out how to get out of work I just like to figure out how to make it faster. But I think for this one it was kind of labor saving us it was more fun. We had but we had a very large yard. And so he was pushed. He was doing the push mower for. I mean it was probably. I don't know but it was a big yard. And yeah it was. And we we didn't have a riding one more so I just wanted to make one. But ingenuity and the ability to store what you have store what you got is definitely something you. You. Just kind of grow up with that. You know if you grew up on a farm you just kind of naturally. I guess fall into that is kind of hard for me to think some of these things is kind of hard for me to to explain because it's just you know when you've grown up with that. Your whole life I guess is just kind of hard to compare to anything else but definitely you learn to stir what you got I could think of many different times where you're trying to get something done and you really don't have the tool you need or the. The item you need to finish the job. But you know town has thirty minutes away and you can't just go pick it up so you just make something else work you know find something you can figure out how to use. That's all tell you a story on him. You can tell some stories on each of you but he was a little guy and he was working with John in the greenhouse and we used Bales. Not like bags like that but Bales. That are compressed of peat must and they are large and John. Opens them. With the scissors or with a knife and. He was in the greenhouse and Jonathan was he was young like these guys here. And John confined oppressed others. He can find a knife. And so he starts looking. And behind his back to Jonathan sees a saw that someone had left in the greenhouse. Gets the saw and just hack. The top of the bag off. You know just cuts that are off and. John turned around and blow up. Job is done. Job is done and. Don't be fearful of boys using saws. It's OK It's OK You teach them how to use tools. And it'll make a mission. I mean do we want. Men are do we want. You know we want our boys to really be men we want them to do hard things and we want them to weave. Stretch them. They've dredged just in many ways to but we we wanted them to the we've kept the first one efficiency. A stitch in time saves nine zero. My. There are so many ways. On the guard in the garden. That is. Seen you know if you cultivate the weeds. When they are barely visible. Just takes five minutes. I mean in ten minutes we can do a whole. What's the size of our. Forty eight thirty by forty eight. You know that's the Our who passed size our movable ones in ten minutes. You can cultivate that. But give it a week. It'll take you a couple of hours. Give it a month. And it'll take you a week. And so you're always faced with the time to do it now. Sometimes that means you have to stay up late and work with a headlamp. So lots of efficiency lots of lots of ingenuity and. Timeliness that's kind of efficiency timeliness. A day late and a dollar short. We don't like to live like that. It's thinking ahead. It's being prepared ahead. And although I'll confess. Out be just transparent. I haven't done so good at this recently. You know I wasn't here at the last one because I didn't have this done. So I was kind of facing that I'm putting it in and I'm thinking man's. You know I'm a day away. Are no money in this but you know. It doesn't feel good and so those are some different things that we've learned more skilled they say when one thing on the. Yeah. Working together. Recognizing that everyone has something to contribute. We've been on the farm. Farming full time for sixteen years and something like that it's been a while and. So my little brother Caleb was born in two thousand and three. And so he was born into the farming operation and pretty quickly we're starting to realize that even a little two year old can. You know he can help. So I remember one time. Distinctly we were planting strawberries in the fall and we generally we were probably planting. Seven or eight thousand plants so we try to do it all in one day and so we're pretty busy. And we do it with the tractor most of the time and so we had the planter on the back of the tractor and trays full of strawberry plants and the two people that would plant would take the plugs out of the out of the trades and put them in the ground and we keep going in a soon as you finish detritus you just threw it off the side and you kept going well the trays all had to be picked up before you could turn around and come back up the other row or else you'd run over him. And so we said Caleb you pick up all the tray so he would run behind us and pick up all the trays. I just remember seeing you know all the he had a shirt on just dirt and just. He was just total in around picking up all the trays I don't know how do you think he was probably just one or two or three maybe. And so he's been working on the farm ever since and you know he's out he plays a lot and all but it's just all kind of play to him I guess and and work. Play. Yeah we're just play. But there's there's always something that everybody can. Can contribute. OK. The Sirus them and I was trying to think of just academically. What kinds of things can you learn from in the garden. And these are things that you learn. Really without without thinking about it I think the biggest skill and it's interesting that. And I can I'll just say Kayla piece my youngest and. As far as the books. Go. His mask ills would be considered quite low. But in the field. You can John can tell or I can tell him. OK. We're going to plant. This. You know this forty foot row and. We're going to plant the plant. Every this many inches can you please go to the greenhouse and get what you need. Get the plants that you need or. We're going to do it three feet wide and this many feet long and we're going to do three plants this way and we're going to do you know twenty plants that way how many are we going to need mental math is nothing but if I gave them a book and said can you do these division problems well. If he doesn't really know about division yet. Technically you know what I'm saying. But he can do all kinds of mental math. Now. I'm not advocating that you don't use books we use books for math. We. With There are certain things that you can't really get in the garden. But there's a lot. When you're talking about elementary ages and you're talking about grades up to like sixth grade. Where they're learning basic math skills. They can learn so much of that in the garden. So much of that. Science. I was talking to the kids were kind of talking about different things to some of the things that would be considered science that you just naturally. Really just gotten. Can't remember. Well yeah. That's considered so his sister. Huh. Well we were I think we were taught the conversation was just growing up in nature and on the farm we just kind of. I guess learn those surroundings and so. We've kind of realized through the years that we know like all the different trees and. You know something that. If you lived in the city and you just grew up in that environment you may have to actually really work to to learn the trees and the flowers and the birds and. You know things around you. You just kind of learn that naturally just growing up with it. So I think the conversation we had. Well in life cycles. You know they just see the cycle of life. Repeating itself like. We you know we just. There are certain things that happen on the farm and you just now. OK so these life cycles are repeating. Jonathan was all into mushrooms for a while and I mean he could take you on a walk here and tell you about the mushrooms. My boys decided they were going to get into maple syrup. Production and they were going to tap the trees. But this. OK. They were going to tap the trees and. You know also. You don't just go on and do it you got to learn. Well that's where the books come in handy. But the combination of the books. And the practical. Makes perfect education. So you know they would go Jonathan. He's a reader today and he would read when he was twelve. He I could not get him to read. It was. I mean he could read. But are you kidding. Life is happening there. You know. I was going to say this about him his his and I started them later. So Jonathan was about seven. He was probably closer to eight when we decide we're going to do book work. He just crawl right there. He told me it's going to ruin my life well I'm sad to say that it's sort of did ruin his life for a time because I'm a teacher. And I was determined that we were going to do the books. And I caused a lot of stress in my family. In those early it with specially with my first two. When I really did. I did not understand about true education. The Lord had already put us on the farm. He already called us to farm. But I hadn't embraced that as a vehicle of education. And so it caused a lot of friction and a lot of stress. Whereas with Caleb. His life has been much better and. As far as the rest of education. There's not that there's not that stress. And yet. You know he's he's doing fine. He is. He's way ahead of many of his peers in his abilities. So will. Those are kind of just to end the then the Bible of course the Bible is a part of all of our education. The Bible is the nature of the first book. So of course it's going to teach us about God. So. These aren't directly from the garden. But these are things from an agrarian life. Just from living a life that. And I think my boys have been blessed. The most. And before I say that's OK practical skills these are the man. Side of things. But I insisted that my boys learn. The other things. They can cook. They can do laundry. They can iron their clothes. When I leave. When I'm when I need to be gone a day. I just say. Yeah. They are amazing cooks. They if they know how to run the home without me. And so. But these are the think if we're focusing more on the outside of the home skills that are learned from an agrarian life. You can see the thing you learn. Well. I do like to read and learn from others but generally my. I guess just to have learned just by trial and error so building is one. I remember the first treehouse we made Josh and I made and it was you know we picked two limbs in the tree and one of them was higher than the other and we just kind of slanted the boards and. And they were going all different direction and we used. Roofing nails with the big the big green. Had Sonam and just nailed the whole thing together and you know the boards would rot and we just put another one on top and you know. It wasn't too high in the tree so if we fell it was OK but you know that was our first. When I was singing about this I think does a really are my first attempt at building anything. And that tree house is long gone but after that we actually built one years later that lasted a whole lot longer although it. It still came apart because we never got it properly roofed but. So use the you learn skills like that and then we actually built a house in our in our barn. To live in at one point and that was at a time where I was probably thirteen or fourteen when we started that and so I was at an age where I was really able to help a lot. And we just learned a lot of skills dad had more skills and construction on so you know at this point I would feel. I would not be daunted with the concept of going and building my own house even though I've never really had any proper instruction in building and construction but it just. With all the little projects we've done around the farm. I've gotten very comfortable with it. Plumbing and electrical definitely learned we've put in a lot of irrigation and. And we've never hired any any plumbers you know we've made mistakes in fact fairly recently we were trying to. Connect another pipe into one of our lines and we cut it and glued a joint and when we turn the water back on it leaked. So we had to cut it out and it cost us a little back here for a new joint. But it didn't cost as much as hiring somebody to do it. So I think we were still ahead. A lecture. Ik it's one of those things you learn you learn what to do you learn what NOT to do you know if you grow up in the city. You know all the outlets have those little children. Protection things over him and. You know kids. Noticed a away from electricity but they don't really probably ever know why you know and I I can think of multiple times where I one time we had our lawnmower was not running right the. The spark plug boot kept falling off and so I was trying to get it to stay back on and I I put it on and started it I could see it was wiggling so I thought well let me just take some pliers and just squeeze it on their little bit. I squeeze it to tighten punctured the. The rubber boot and grounded it out on myself and. You know I found out what those things are thousands of voltage very large and pretty good doesn't hurt but it sure gives you a jolt and so you learn what NOT to do have shocked myself. Wiring with one hundred twenty volts and. It's not going to kill you but it will make it's definitely make you. Be a little more careful next time and so you just learn learn how to how to work with that stuff. We did a tile when we were building our house we had a friend at church that does tile and so he came out and helped us and Josh and I both were very involved in that and. After we were finished we had a bunch of tile left over and so I actually built a stink for us and put the tile around it and did the best they could and it lasted for quite a while in fact we're still using it but all the grout is kind of coming out and some of the tiles are falling off. So you just get a get in there and get your hands dirty and get some experience. It's not always perfect but you just have to learn to to. I guess embrace the concept that. You know doing it yourself. You'll learn a lot in mine I get it perfect the first time but it's important. Welding is another one of those things. You know it's not necessarily something you just learn by growing up on the farm but we've got a welder. One point and. You know it's just so much money to have that and I learned how to use it. And it's just a great practical skill to have on the farm because every. You know stuff law is breaking. So those are just a few practical skills very few practical skills you've learned this let me just add here to. You know. Moms we have a part to play in encouraging. Like with the stink I can remember. Jonathan did not want to do that project. I said it's not going to be a big deal. You know this is what I think you should do you know just get a piece of plywood and cut the hole in it and we're going to put these. We we renovated to to back a barn. So we had all these three by three posts that the tobacco would hang over. And so you know I said we're going to anchor it to the wall and. We're going to put these legs on the front it's not going to be a big deal and. You know I don't know how to do it. I think you can do it. He had already how I think you can do it. You know. And I don't mind that the grout coming out when I wash my hands at that sink I think of. You know my young man who learned. Had not he would do it better if you did it again now. OK. More skills. The use of hand tools. I tell you a low start this is our youngest Caleb and. My father heard. Because a case a killer had made some Christmas ornaments. For a gift. And they were made from trees. And he'd cut them in about half inch. Slices. With the hand the chops off. And my dad was not very happy. When he heard that that. He just you know it was very out of character for my dad to get involved but he called me and he said you know I hear the killed is using that I just really want to discourage that and you know I talked to John and he was you know. We believe in training them how to use tools. How to use them and with guidance we don't let them go out and use them by themselves but his brothers were there and watching him and making sure. So my dad gave Caleb this. Scroll saw as something that he could condone him using with no fear of hurting him. So I will show more about that. But. Caleb is a woodworker. He is twelve and. The things that he has. He has come up with are. When we get to the natural byproduct will share some of that. But the use of hand tools. Equipment maintenance. And just plain being Mr Fix it. I want my boys. To be able to fix anything from a toilet. To a broken fast it. To cabinetry that's broken whatever just to be able to fix whatever in the home and out of the home. Can you think of any equipment maintenance experiences. Again. Let me say that I'll tell a story on him that I'm so glad I brought to resonance that I missed a big part again. Of apparent willingness. You have to be willing to let them make mistakes. So that mower that Jonathan was riding behind. That was a heavy combat a mower. That someone had given to us. Wonderful gift. Johnson didn't understand about. Yeah the push mower. And he you can tell my sister. I don't even feel really know but do you understand what happened. Yeah. Brando on oil was the main problem but I think what. I was mowing and I got onto steep of the hill and. Bottom line is the engine got blown up. That. We had a big stick. We didn't fix it was. But today he would have fixed it. He was so done with it had to put a new engine on it probably. But you know how to do that it had a hole in the side of the engine. Well yeah I've done it multiple times I actually started. I'm very interested in the cannibal things and so when I was seventeen I started taking business from the community I start up a little sign out by the road. Small engine repair and started trying to fix other people's mowers to which. It worked but I you know I quickly got into situations where I didn't know what I was doing. Once again you just have to you know. Trial and error at your expense so yeah. I I bought some pieces that I didn't need and I mean I've had multiple things that you know I had to just bite the bullet and and suck up the cost but. But I learned a lot and. And then I did I went on to get some more training in that. But. But have definitely gotten more experience and. I guess just a little more skilled equipment maintenance without damaging equipment. But you know and all of our boys might not be as good our second boy Joshua. Does not enjoy the mechanical things. But what I've noticed is that by nature. By growing up on the farm. He still is very good at a lot of that. You know he doesn't enjoy it. He would never do it but Zach. My third boy. My third boy Zach. He is much more like Jonathan. He loves the mechanical things. He loves working on cars he has done so much work with our car. Everything but I couldn't tell you the things he's done but. Johnson can probably tell you I mean has he made some mistakes. Yes he's made some mistakes. But I took the tools back one time we rented tools from an auto shop in town. And when I was returning them he was remarking wow these are some big jobs you've been doing so well actually it's my. He was seventeen and my seventeen year old son who's doing it really yet. So and of course Jonathan. Having an older sibling who who has more experience is helpful. But definitely all the boys. Living on a farm. You're constantly dealing with broken equipment. Things that need to be fixed. So here are some natural byproduct. Creativity. Scuse me creativity is a natural byproduct of living in the garden. And on the land. This is my twelve year old. And this is his shop. It's usually he usually keep the very neat. But he was busy at work this was just last week. He he had it in mind that he wanted to make a pedal powered ladies. Now how many of you know what a pedal powered lathe is I see about three times. A lady is it something that turns would select the been told on your chair. That have. You know your intricate work. That's what allays does. And I mean allays can do a lot of things I think you can make bolt on a lathe. Well. Caleb had said something to me about wanting to make a pedal power lathe and I was busy and I kind of said Well. He said I just want to look on on You Tube and see if I can find a video of a pedal powered late and I'm thinking. Where have you ever seen a pedal powered laid. He said Well when we were up in Maine. And that was two years ago. He had seen one and. So I said fuck. Yeah we can do that but I was busy and I didn't get to it and I think the day that I went to market. T.N. John sat down and looked at. I don't know. Twenty minute. You Tube. On a pedal powered lathe. That's it. He went down to shop. And he made it. And it is not an. It's not just a you know. I'm just noticing you probably can't see but the string. He's got hooked to a TOE I'm not quite sure what that's about. You don't think a hint of it forgives gotten around his toe. So you stand on it and you pump with the paddle. And the string. Attaches to the Dow all wrapped around it goes up to the bungee cord. And then you use. Actions all by hand. I really should have him come in here and explain it because I really don't but he's very busy out there throwing things off of the Honest. I I came home for lunch one day. From working at my shop and. And he was out and has won a shop. Working on the stand for this. So I went in there to see what he was doing and he explained it to me and. And I tried. You know. Go along with it but I honestly think that he would be able to do it. I did. I was like. I don't know about that sounds world too involved. But few days later I stopped by. And it was done. And I was very impressed. Yeah I don't quite know how these these things right here. Work. But somehow they clean up. And he can hold the wood with it. And the string wraps around it and so he's got to stand there like this. Good exercise. I just can spend I'm down to do that for us. So he can. He does this and it causes the this back part to go up and down and. I mean talk about I never. I mean when I was twelve. I was in a room like this with a bunch of desks. And it nearly it really nearly destroyed me. I mean. Education is meant to be an active. Experience. It is not meant to be. You know when we. This does not stifle the desire to learn this creates a desire to learn. You know before this and I don't have a. Sure you can just see it in the background. Probably almost two years ago where right after we went to Maine to that conference. Caleb decided he wanted to make a drawing knife. Bench. Probably not many of you know what that is either. I mean I know what it is so. And he didn't even have a Dr Knife. So I said wow that sounds really good I had no idea how you're going to do it. He just had a picture and. He just made it. And he didn't stop with just making it. He made a little attachment. Where he can hang all his little tools. And then he carved his name in it. And because he doesn't he at that time he wasn't writing cursive and he wanted it to he was very artistic. He wanted it to look good. So he asked his sister to write on it. His name in cursive. And then he used his. His wood burner. And he would burn. His name in it. So it's again it's not just that you have to stand on it. And you push with your feet and clean up the wood. And then you use this knife that looks toward of like a you. And someone gave him one then and. And you pull back and you use it to make whatever. Single he hasn't made a decision goals but he's had a grand time with it. So natural bike Potter product and I'm not to it's not just Caleb. But and my kids are not unusual. They're not there. They're just kids who have grown up in a way that has fostered creativity. And the decoration. My daughter did. The the decorations in the auditorium. You know. There's just this creativity that comes out of you. When it's not die fold. By your learning environment. I was thinking about one thing. You know we had a very few inside kind of toys like Lego's and and we had a train. But you know if you've ever. Recently been shopping for Lego's. Lego's are so much what's a term like there. They're not a very. They're not a very wholesome Giuliani. Anymore they're not so wholesome and even. You know fifteen sixteen years ago when I was playing with Lego as a mom and dad we had a pretty good set of them. But we didn't have any manuals because they would take the manuals because most of them had. You know some graphic stuff in it or whatever so we had a whole box a legacy. Well we don't have I don't know what the reason you were but we don't have a manual so I'll tell you why because I thought it was the manuals. Stifle creativity. That it tells you you can make one thing with this. I mean. They're going to Vincent that Maisie's but you but I do. That's not my memory my memo I think that's part of it was the cause. But the bottom line was we didn't have any manuals and so if you want to make a truck you had to figure out how to make it. So you know we made all kinds of stuff and. We definitely made some things that were pretty creative. But that's just not one thing that you know I think it's great to rather than just having this mentality Well you know here's number one picture and you get that block and this block and put them together. To just use your creativity. To come up with stuff. All right here's the. This is. There's a Caleb shot. He sort of took over our garage it was sort of. It sort of happened very. On plan. Like he didn't come and say Can I take over for the garage. But it we were. We don't park or car there anyway so that to shop. He built that table. And that's his draw nice bench. Back there by the the door. And natural byproduct. Is entrepreneurial ism. And that's something. I know Jonathan. And I both have a real passion for. It's not something that you hear much about in our circle. But entrepreneurial isn't when you raise children in this kind of environment and if you have an entrepreneurial spirit as a parent. You're encouraging them to not spend their money on junk that. Going to wear out. But take your money and invest in something that can make you money that can make you a blessing. And so. Kaleb the bottom here that that's he with one of our apprentices. And actually the. The sister of my son in law and that was the market the market manager invited Caleb to bring his scroll saw wares and just sell them at market. And for a twelve year old to come away from a market with eighty dollars in his pocket. From things that he made on his scroll saw talk about energizing. You know very energizing. And then we have the. The burden that we want to teach our children to be. Have a spirit of giving. We don't get that money. So that we can just spend it on ourselves we get that money so that we can be a channel of blessing and to give so. Entrepreneurial ism. This picture is. Joshua our our our second boy. He is he is really the one who loves farming. He is doing this. This winter. He is doing a siesta he has sixty one T.S.A. members including myself and Graham and Aunt Jennifer and a piano teacher. That brings us up to you know. Sixty five sixty five T.S.A. customers and. But his his personal entrepreneurial of them in his personal business is eggs. He sells eggs he has a quite a large flock and. Joshua's one who's very free spirited. So I mean. I mean I could tell you lots of funny things about Joshua but he's just to take a lie as it comes. You know so his hands have been he has really made any money on him. I mean it looks good when it comes from the market and he sells twenty dozen eggs at six dollars a dozen. And he sells them in the first thirty minutes of market. I mean people absolutely love his eggs. And we don't eat them for the most part but we just feel like if other people are going to eat him. We want to give them the best and. So his hands. To the left you can see the fans have a huge Mongan. I have no idea how many acres it is sensed area that they can be and so he's. That is his. That is his little side thing. And then. Jonathan has his business farmer's friend. Which he engineer to. And with the help of a godsend. Engine ear. A lettuce Harvester for baby greens. That has just been a tremendous blessing to the farming community not just here in the U.S. but he sends those all over the world. Praise God. Praise God that a boy who grew up on a farm in the world would say didn't have the proper education maybe it's having an impact. And having the opportunity to blast. Farmers. All over and make their farming. Production. Viable. And then. Here is his latest thing that you can see over in the in the auditorium. He's just come up with this small who pouch that can and I mean he did. It's not like it's his design or his you know he's. He's putting it together he trying to package it in a way that. Home owners can simply get it. With everything right their direction. Everything they need to start a small production. This God wanted people in the garden. Absolutely. And so you know I praise God for for the entrepreneurial spirit that he's given my boys. And then the ability to blessed others. Through that spirit. There is a box of so. Cureton for a while had a. So making business I still have people to mark asking for her soap. Those are just a few of the entrepreneurial things that is a natural byproduct. But here's the most important. Why. Our faith is stretched and strengthened by working with nature and elements that are out of our control. You know. There's a lot of great reasons to be on the farm I think we share a lot of them. But the. When we get down to the bottom line. What's the bottom line what's the root. Reason why we want to raise our children in this way. It's because it will stretch their face and. And even know you know our experiences stretched our faith but in the process. Our children's faith was also grown in the foundation it's there and with one more quote. I love this quote. He is talking about Jesus his education. Was gained from heaven. Appointed sources from used for work. Which is all about what it is if you live on a farm. There's so much used for work there's too much useful work. Sometimes you think the useful work will never end. But what a blessing. So from useful work. From the study of the Scriptures from nature. And from the experiences of life. God's lesson books full of instruction to all who bring to them. The willing hand. The seeing eye and the understanding heart cells. That is why we think. Mrs White said that. It's the very best school. Being by your father's side in the garden. Learning to work. Let's pray. This Heavenly Father. We are so. To be instruments in your hands. Lord the work that you want to. In each one of us. Through agriculture. Through the garden is such a God appointed. And I pray that we would remember that you put us in the garden that's where it began. That is where we are safeguarded from the things of this world. And I pray that the things that we've shared. Can encourage others and also just that they would be able to apply them to their own to chew Asian. And that you would help us to remember that your kind of education is a very natural happened when you live in this media was brought to you by audio person. A website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio. And much more. If you would like to know more about audio person or you would like to listen to more sermon. Leave at the W.W.W. audio first or.


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