Friday, February 24, 2006

Not Military in Nature....

However this news will affect my military career ... sort of.

I have been kinda quiet. There have been quite a few things going on in my personal life. There have also been some personal crises in other people's lives. I find I don't have a lot of patience for drama. I tend to be a "figure out what is wrong and fix it" kinda person. I don't agonize over the how or whys. I tend to attract those kinds of people though. Maybe they want ME to "fix it". I dunno.

Anyway on to my big news…. This is really huge. My darling husband has decided to abandon any attempt to continue his chiropractic career to the point of selling everything we own (aside from personal belongings and furniture) buying a farm and becoming goat ranchers. Do not laugh!

My husband comes from a long line of farmers. He was an agricultural major in college. He was on the UGA livestock judging team (very hard to get selected to be on the team). He has kept his hand in cattle through the years but just enough to be a hobby.

My husband decided to be a chiropractor to support his farming habit. He hates chiropractic. He started off liking it, but through the years it has just beaten him down. He works very hard but being a chiropractor is not easy. It is literally a 24/7 job. He is a great chiropractor but being inside an office for 10 hours a day has literally slowly driven him crazy. He ends each day going out on the porch to watch the sunset. He is usually very sad and says "I just have to see the sun for at least a little while today."

Payson is a hunter. He does not hunt for sport. He likes going out and providing meat for his family. We process it and I prepare venison almost year round. We have tenderloin, cubed steaks, hamburger and sausage. We all love it. Payson loves being outside and loves working with his hands. He has the biggest shoulders I have ever seen on anyone. He is very strong. He is very earthy and I love it.

Recently he noticed he was losing the hair out of his beard, so he shaved it. I was so sad. He is very cute with out the beard but.... I was alarmed that he is so stressed he is losing facial hair! I didn't say much to him about it.

About a month ago Payson hired a consultant to help him with his practice. The consultant had Payson take all sorts of personality profiles, practice analysis, etc. The consultant went over the results and a week later told Payson "I can help you become a more successful chiropractor and you can die a very unhappy man..." OK. "OR… you can quit chiropractic, become a farmer and die happy." WOW.

Payson hesitated to tell me. He really wanted to let the news sink in first. He came home one day and said he had some news but was reluctant to tell me. He told me he felt he should follow this man's advice. I AGREED! I am ecstatic! I am thrilled. He didn’t doubt my support for a minute. In fact he knew I would be thrilled for him, but he wanted to make absolutely sure this was the direction to take. My husband is so much more relaxed. He wears a smile now!

We have done some research and decided that goats will be much more profitable than cows. We will have some Angus cows but the majority of the farm will be meat goats. We plan on honey bees for honey and wax, an orchard, goats milk and cheese and a few other "crops". I will be able to transfer my National Guard enlistment to wherever. We are looking at central Tennessee, maybe south of Nashville. There is good farm land there. I can still be in the Guard and help my husband. This is such good news.

Now to tell Payson's family.... The REAL battle begins... Grandma is not going to take moving her grandbabies lightly.


Blogger Pixie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! OMG, I totally support (not that you need MY support, lol) this decision. You will be so happy... SO HAPPY! I can relate on so many levels, Lori... having grown up (1/2 a year) of every year of my life in the lifestyle you're about to pursue... to my exhusband being a N.M.D. (Naturopath) - the 24/7 endless flourescent life.

There is just NOTHING in the world cuter than a kid and no greater animal than a goat, I say! I raised Neubians for 4-H - great milk!

I am so happy and pleased for you and your family... buy a place you can put a 5th wheel on - Granny might be coming with you!!! ;)

Tell Payson not to worry - his beard will be back to rival those billy's in no time!

Yay! Happiness! Doing the happy, happy, joy, joy dance for you!

Friday, February 24, 2006 7:50:00 PM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

Thank you! It helps that others can see this as a positive move. Payson's mom will notlike this. She has always felt like she "escaped" from the farm. Her daughter (Payson's sister) is a total city girl.

We are very excited. I have always dreamed of living on a farm fulltime. Payson said tonight "Now you know we won't be around any Malls or anything like that..." I looked him square in the eye and said "think about who you are talking to..."

We live about an hour from the closest Mall and in 7 years I have been there TWICE.

Friday, February 24, 2006 8:53:00 PM  
Blogger Day by Day said...

I truly believe in doing what you love to make you happy... I rather die a happy woman than die a miserable hag.

This is a HUGE deal and you are a wonderful lady for supporting him. This will be a change for you and your little one's. BUT... as long as you all remain "family" it will all work out. Yeah... telling grandma may be hard... but hopefully she will understand.

Good-luck to all of you. You are in my thoughts during this transition! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2006 8:32:00 AM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

This will be a change but I cannot imagine going through life keeping a job you hate. It is a fate worse than hell! It *is* hell!

My husband is very scared but very happy.

Thanks for all the good wishes!

Saturday, February 25, 2006 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger mauser*girl said...

Wow... that is a big change, but if you're both up for it, I don't see why not. I wish you good luck. Even if I can't stand goats.

Saturday, February 25, 2006 3:14:00 PM  
Blogger SGT Lori said...

We shall see how it goes. VERY scary.

Monday, February 27, 2006 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger Day by Day said...

I'm south of Nashville... and yes there is very good farm land around these parts. :) Beautiful land... will do a property search fro Middle TN. Can search for farms, land, houses etc... thought it might help ya!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:42:00 PM  
Blogger yankeemom said...

My husband and I are going through the same kind of decision making right now - his beard is going very grey very fast, tho not falling out quite I'm hoping to have my 12 acres (and not anywhere near CA) very soon!
My best to you and good fortune on your new adventure! Goats are so neat! How exciting!!

Friday, March 03, 2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Rude1 said...

Very cool!! We're going through the same thing here (kinda weird!) and am leaving a very lucrative business environ to start my own "outdoor" business. So happy for you. But, um, you ain't gettin them fainting goats are ya? :) ENJOY IT! ANother benefit is not only dieing happy, but without the stress, that day will be a long way off.

Friday, March 03, 2006 6:37:00 PM  

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