It was about 2:00 yesterday afternoon that I went to the coop to let the chickens out. We've been keeping them in a bit longer these days because they're coming up on the age that they should start laying. We want to be sure they have plenty of time in the morning to do their business, and don't go laying their eggs around the yard. As much as the kids would love an Easter egg hunt in October, I prefer my eggs where I can find them in the morning. The girls were excited, as usual, to be set free to forage for bugs and peck at the apples dropped on the ground. I turned to check the nesting box for anything but golf balls, and found this beauty waiting to be taken home. Side note: we read that if you put golf balls inside the nesting boxes, it will mimic the look of an egg and encourage the hens to lay in the boxes. Mission accomplished.
It may seem like a small thing, and even an expectation that our chickens would lay eggs. But this first egg signifies the beginning of a lifestyle for our family. That we are one step farther on our homesteading journey. We've poured our resources into raising these animals and we're beginning to see the fruit of our labor. And when I say the fruit of our labor, I really mean our kids. They've been just as much a part of this process as we have. Even more. Every morning before school, they feed the animals and give them water. Before bed, they make sure everyone is accounted for, and close them up for the night. Isaiah 1:19 says, If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. They have been diligent. They have been willing and obedient. And now, they get to eat the good of their own land.
And this morning, we did just that! Our sweet little egg was about half the size of a store bought egg and fit right in the palm of my hand. Jeremy had already left for work, so the kids and I had exactly one bite each before it was gone. It was a proud moment for all of us. This egg could not have existed without the commitment we all made to bringing this farm back to life. We're hopeful for the future of this farm and what it means to our family and we love that we get to share it all with you!