Most of our neighbors are farmers and they seem to be open to bartering for things. My honey can fix about anything with a motor or engine and there aren't any farm mechanics around here, especially ones that make house calls. See how God works? My honey is trading labor for use of an excavator and some gravel to do our septic mound. A neighbor's brother just gave DH a small blacksmith's forge. My cousin tore down his cabin on the lake and let us scavenge tongue and groove, windows and doors, and firewood. I have a friend with whom I traded hay for use of her ram to breed my ewes, now she's looking into getting me some free llamas, (blessing or not?) We borrow equipment and lend equipment. We help each other. Lately, I have been stressing over finances. I do this a lot. (God is still working on me.) So this morning I'm counting just a few of my blessings.
Today I get to...clean the barn, pick tomatoes, teach my children, perhaps trim goat and sheep hooves, find a buck for my dairy goats, check fenceline, stack firewood, this and maybe more. How blessed to have sheep and goats, tomatoes and firewood and especially children. A grateful heart is fertile soil for the Lord to work with. Lord, I want You to harvest a bumper crop.