It’s amazing how life can bring you full circle...
I was born and raised on "The Farm" and lived there until venturing off to college, where I met my future husband. Fast forward to 7 years later and Chris and I were blessed enough to be married on The Farm. After moving to Bethlehem, we bought our dream house in Center Valley, had our first daughter, and got through the challenging early years of married life. It felt like we were finally on the right track, all the while thinking The Farm would always be a special place of memories from my past.
However, right about the time that we got married my Mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. My father was her primary caregiver and those responsibilities, as well as managing the upkeep of "The Farm" became too much. Our whole family prayed for guidance on what to do. We ultimately decided to put both our "dream house" and "The Farm" on the market and decided whichever one would sell first would be our sign from God as to what to do. Low and behold our house sold first. Chris and I were in shock, here we had finally finished settling in to our house and were now faced with moving back to The Farm to help with the ongoing care of my Mom... oh and I forgot to mention we were expecting our 2nd baby! You know what they say about making plans and then God laughs? In May of 2011, the Lynde family moved back to The Farm.
Merging our families and getting settled in proved to be a challenging start. However, I quickly knew that we had done the right thing. Despite never feeling drawn to a future on The Farm, my childhood and all of the great memories it gave me came rushing back. The thought of raising our family here became more than exciting. Over the next few years my Mom's conditioned worsened and keeping her at home was no longer possible. In May of 2013 my Mom gracefully passed away and is now watching over all of us from heaven.
"For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. "
We have prayed for several years for God's guiding hand to show us how we can use this "Farm" to bless others... and so we start our journey going back to our roots, opening our doors at The Farm to share our old fashioned baked good recipes, our joy of cooking through classes and our most recent project of renovating the barn to host special events.
Moving to The Farm has given our family more joy then we could have ever imagined. Although this was never our plan for raising our family, God has once again provided us with more than we could ever imagine.