This has been a thrilling year thus far. Our family has joined with my family in developing the family farm into a small business: Honey Brook Farms! While we still have a long ways to go, the process has been a joy. We look forward to what is in store.
A farmer we know in Culpeper very wisely counseled the importance of taking things slow. The tendency is to jump into too much too quickly and then suddenly find yourself wallowing in doing a whole lot poorly vs. a little with excellence. And I have learned this from both experience and wise counsel.
Just a few of the important aspects we have found in establishing a multi-generational family business include:
– Understanding and keeping the bigger picture in view
- Knowing the tax laws & how to file for these
- Having a very good understanding of expenses & labor costs
- Keeping records of supplies used, advice learned, contacts obtained, cheapest suppliers, etc…..too easy to continually “reinvent the wheel)
- Establishing rates/methods for reimbursing the labors of all
- Doing less with excellence & utmost customer service and slowly build
- Having regular family meetings to keep everyone on the same page
The best part is, we can do it as a family with extended family and meet the basic needs of our community, while taking the opportunity to meet their spiritual needs with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord!
Happy Birthday Josiah! Oh what a joy it was to celebrate a year of having you as our son. You are a blessed young man and one we pray the Lord will mightily use for His kingdom work.
Therefore our beloved Josiah Bradford, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1Cor. 15:58
Just a few days before Josiah’s birthday we were blessed abundantly by a wonderful team of friends and uncles that came together to disassemble, transport, and set-up a playground that a client of Matthews no longer wanted. Josiah enjoyed trying out his new playground with just a little help from his family.
Lisa prepared a delicious homemade cake with all natural, homemade dyes for the frosting. I was amazed at the results and highly recommend the use. Ask us for details.
The ultimate test, was the taste test……………….it was Josiah approved!
It is an honor and a privilege to be a father. To have a little one that looks up into my face with the need for love, for care, for direction that only a father can give. At times I am overwhelmed by the immense responsibility this role demands. For I am to provide not just physical, but evermore, spiritual protection and guidance to not only my precious wife, but also the blessings He chooses to bestow upon us. It is a duty that God enables fathers to fulfill as they stay close to Him. My appreciation for my father has grown even greater as I see the role he so passionately has and continues to do.
While this was my 2nd Father’s Day since Josiah was in the womb a year ago, this Father’s Day felt like a first in many ways. For this year, I held my son on Fathers Day and soaked in the wonderful personality of our dear Josiah Bradford.
To celebrate Fathers Day, we took the opportunity to join my family for a day trip to Lake Anna. This was Josiah’s first real introduction to deep water and boats…..he loved it!
Thank you sweetie for making this day such a memorable one. I am blessed to be your husband. And thank you Josiah for making me a Daddy – We praise the Lord for blessing our home with you!
A beautiful view across the rolling fields of a farm owned by a dear elderly couple in Madison County. What a blessing it was to join most of the Wilkes Team for a visit to this couple’s home. The dear gentleman, now in his late 80s, has been diagnosed with a lemon size tumor that is malignant. The future of his physical body is unknown but he has a peace that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.
Seeing the joy of this man as he shared of God’s goodness to Him, recounted the story of his salvation (while milking a cow…), reminiscing of old time tent revivals, and singing his heart out to the Lord left an impact upon us. I desire to be like that dear saint and to come to such a precious state of blessedness in my old age – the peace and joy that exuded from his wearied body rejuvenated our spirits and was a precious picture of a life in harmony with Christ.
Following out glorious encounter with this precious child of God, we had the joy of accompanying his grandson to look at a two month old calf. Another first for Josiah!
Having Josiah nearby as we work on our projects is a joy! Whether a plumbing project or mixing together a favorite recipe, the precious sounds of our little one as he curiously examines the new world around him bring a smile to our faces…
…… a hearty laugh!
Over the recent months, we have heard several dear parents comment on how fast little ones grow and so the importance of cherishing the moments of raising children. The years tick ever so quickly by.
How easily do the seemingly urgent matters of life crowd out the important moments. Phone calls can be made later, emails can wait….for time does not stop. Today our little one is in our arms but the tomorrow will come when he holds his little one for the first time. Taking the time to make investments into the lives of our children and grandchildren and siblings will lay up eternal rewards. Walks to go on, special outings together, a word of encouragement, the passing on of a legacy gift, reading together, planning the future, praying for our dear ones.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. Ps. 71:18
Oh the joy of a hearty day of work followed by a relaxing drive through the beautiful Virginia countryside….especially in the Spring.
Have you considered recently the spectacular diversity which with God created the world? He could of made all flowers the same color or all birds to sound the same but chose rather to display His abundant glory through the world around us. And yet….even all the breath taking intricacies of Creation pale in comparison to the glory that shall be revealed when our faith is made sight and we are eternally in the presence of our Creator, Jesus Christ.
Consider though but an aspect of His majesty: the perfect symmetry of a flower – the varying styles of petals, the distinct scents, the complementing green stem and leaves….oh how much we overlook and simply take for granted. And then to step back and realize the great gift you have in being able to enjoy the beauty of Creation. The more we mature in our relationship with Christ, the greater will grow our awareness of God’s glory in Creation and in the lives of His children. His children are daily being conformed into His image – this is a work we should rejoice for in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
A roadside scene that we just had to stop by and take pictures at….
Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Ps. 150:1-2
How grateful we were for a cheery team of eager workers that arrived at our house Thursday morning for a memorable day of working in our yard. Amidst a full schedule with many pressing matters, the greater part of the Wilkes Team along with two wonderful representatives from the Stelzl family came to serve.
In just a few hours our potatoes and onions were planted, gardens edged, weeds removed, mulch spread, and insulation repaired in our crawl space. A true labor of love. Thank you Wilkes Team and Stelzl family! We are so grateful for you.