Here at Bend soap, we are passionate about soapy suds, natural products, goats, providing our customers with high-quality soap and . . . most importantly, family.
Playing together is a blast, but we also enjoy working together to teach the kiddos the value of hard work! After all, when we do it together, work is fun!
With the warm weather here in Central Oregon, the farm life is bustling with activity and our newest project is haying. Fresh, sweet-smelling, rows of hay lie in neat rows stretching across the field, promising lots of yummy food for our goats this winter.
As with everything at Bend Soap, haying is a family affair!
From cutting, to baling, to storing, the whole family is apart of the process. In fact, they're also apart of feeding the hay to our goats and milking for our handcrafted all-natural goat milk soap! It's an amazing lifestyle we're happy to be apart of!
Daddy (Dwight) revs up the tractor and the kids run to the field, sit on Dwight's lap, or jump on the quad. They all want to get in on the action! (Of course, Mama Marilee has to run out too and take care of baby Royal while snapping pictures so we can share with you!)
There's no shortage of energy around here! The Johnson kiddos love playing games and racing each other!
With seven boys so close in age, they're best friends, but also tough competitors. Who can jump higher off the hay bale?!
Farmer Royal, surveying what needs to be done.
Daddy (Dwight) and Mama (Marilee) are passionate about teaching the kids to be responsible, capable, young men and women (actually "woman" because Vienna Rose is the only little lady so far!) with a love of hard work--doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done.
Yeah, often it takes longer to show your little girl how to help wash the dishes and sometimes it's less efficient to let your little boy climb onto your lap and help drive the tractor. But those moments of slowing down to teach and share the feeling of accomplishment are powerful. Little children will treasure the moments they get to spend helping do "big" things with their mama and daddy.
You may not have acres of fields to hay, or lots of goats to milk, but we encourage you: Next time there's a project that needs to be done, make it a family affair!
~ Bend soap
P.S. If you are fellow farmers and would like to sooth your skin and remove the dust and sweat, check out our all natural goat milk soap. It works wonders. :)
This blog entry was written by Kathryn Joy