Coming back "home" to BYC

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by 2mnypets, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well everyone, it has been quite a journey these past 5 years that I have been away. I first want to apologize to anyone and everyone about my sudden absence and departure. I was working from home for a company that I loved, and I got to help other chicken lovers like myself. My marriage was on the rocks and I didn't want to admit it. Then one day my world came crashing down. My hubby had the internet and telephone shut off and had destroyed my two sewing machines and serger. I couldn't even get a hold of my boss to let her know what happened. Ultimately, I lost my job as well as my chicken diaper business. You can't receive or fulfill orders that you cant gain access too. The divorce was inevitable, drawn out, horrible and gut wrenching. I was in the process of moving out with the kids because I couldn't make the mortgage payments by myself. After work, I drove out to the farm to collect some more things and saw my soon to be ex-husband tearing down the chicken coops. He had sold or gave away all of my chickens to include my Tolbunt Trio that I loved so much.

    I somehow found the strength to move forward. I went back to work as a nurse (even though I hated it) and was trying to do the best I could as a single parent with three teenagers and two of them being girls (ages 17,15 &13). Yes, yes I feel the sympathy During my self reflection and growth, I met a fellow nurse who would eventually bring sunshine back into my dreary life. I am now happily re-married to that nurse who also happens to be my best friend. The last of my three kids is now in college and I have two granddaughters that are my world. Although we live in the city, I am planning a come back this spring for my chickens. My husband loves woodworking and is absolutely incredible in that craft. We are putting our heads together for ideas on what the coop will look like.

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone because when I opened up this website tonight and logged in, I had a ton of private messages from people I don't even know, wondering where I was and if I was ok and if I still had my Tolbunts. My heart has grown two sizes in the last 30 minutes and I want to say this to each and every one of you. From the bottom of my heart, I love you all. Thank you for being who you are.

    In Christ's Love,
    Julie
    2mnypets
     
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  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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    A Welcome for your return!

    I'm a newer member than you are, but welcome back anyway!! [​IMG]

    So glad you found yourself a good man!
     
  3. MEMama3

    MEMama3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome back!
     
  4. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you ChickensAreSweet and MEMama3. It's good to be back.
     
  5. Iuvmychix

    Iuvmychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome back to backyard chickens!! I don’t think we know each other, for I am relatively new to this amazing website and it sounds like you’ve had a longer history with backyard chickens then I could ever hope to have! You seem like a really kind & caring person and surely don’t deserve what has happened in your past. It made me happy to read that you are now living a joyous life and are able to slowly forget your tragic times from earlier. Let us know when you’ve finally decided on a new coop design and picked up your chickens! We’d love to see pictures!! Always remember that the folks on BYC are here for you and will help you (or try to help) through your tough times. Post if you need us and we’ll be there! I’m glad I found this thread and was able to be inspired by your endearing story! I’m sure it will or already has inspired fellow backyard chickeners. :)

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  6. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhh, thank you Iluvmychix, that was touching. Lookie what I got today... they look evily red but that's only from my red light. I found a Silkie breeder only 40 minutes from me and I got 2 black, 1 Lavender and 1 Blue and the best thing is they are all pullets and 5 months old. Looks like we will have us some eggs come spring!!! Silkies were the other chickens that were taken from me that I cried over, so please excuse my exuberence!!! Then to boot my hubby got two does and a buck to start his rabbitry again. Yep, yep, yep we are happy, happy, happy!!! Tomorrow we start on the coop because this lil cage worked as temporary emergency housing but definitely not permanent. The girls can also come help me turn over the garden before we till.
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  7. Iuvmychix

    Iuvmychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow! They already look so happy to be with you :) What lucky chickens! I can already tell you guys will have a lot of happy times together! Silkies are a fantastic breed. Enjoy them! I can’t wait to see a picture of the coop when it is done and fully constructed! (If you post pics!)
     
  8. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The girls are out in the garden having a good ol' time! Hubby and I went to the Goodwill and Salvation Army today to see if we could find a piece of furniture that we could turn into a coop. No luck there. Then we went to Lowe's. I worked there over the summer and I miss those people terribly. Anyway, we went in there just to see if there was anything in the back (pallets, scrap lumber etc) that they were going to pitch or clearance out. One thing led to the next and before I knew it we had about 5 different departments scouring through their sections, bull pens, loading docks etc. trying to find stuff for us to make the coop. Before it was all said and done we ended up with two 4'x4'solid wood sheets for $1.00 each, two 4x8 OSB sheets (for $8.22 & $7.60 each), random sized 1x2's (free), an entire package of shingles (QC lifetime oak AR desert $9.50 clearanced) and an 8ft. long wood, 6ft. high pine fence section ($7.59 clearanced). Grand total: $37.76 and a whole new love and respect for the people I used to work with. I saved a total of $50.11 so not too shabby at all. We already have hardware cloth and fencing so we didn't have to worry about that. It's late in the day so it's going to be tomorrow before we get this put together, but now we have all the supplies (including what we already had on hand) to construct a decent coop. Pictures will be posted as it comes together. Amazing what God does when you humbly ask for help.
     
  9. Iuvmychix

    Iuvmychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow! It sounds like you had a productive day! I can’t wait for pics!
     
  10. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    I am so happy to read you are doing well. It is amazing the paths we are put on.It sounds like you and the kids supported each other,and came out to something far better than the pervious.Wishing you well.
     

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