My husband and I were married in 2003. Like most couples, we had a plan; a very detailed, specific, goal oriented plan. As many of you know, often our plan does not always coincide with what the universe has in store for us. If you had told me four years ago I would be milking goats and making all natural bath products, I would have laughed and disagreed with you. However, that is exactly what we are doing.
It has been a long and often challenging journey but we are finally where I feel we are meant to be. We are blessed to be rearing our daughter on the farm where my father grew up. Although we had to lose him to be here, I believe this is what he would have wanted and he played a role in our being here. We are all animal lovers. We have chickens, ducks, and geese we inherited with the farm. Of course, we also have dogs. We lost our Walter, the dude with tude, in July. He was my dad's dog and it broke my heart to lose another piece of my dad. However, we still have Chubs, our devoted and loyal friend. We've also added our "Big Boy" to our family. He is an adopted Mastiff/Pitbull mix. He is an absolute delight and a protective and loyal friend. We still have three cats Miss Kitty, Miss Mittens, the kitten with no mittens, and Jack the Pumpkin King. Of course, one can't forget my husbands passion; his pasture pigs. Edna and Miss Scarlet are the heritage Hereford sows. There is also Sugar, the Large Black Sow, and the most recent additions of Charlotte and Shawnee. The last two ladies do not have much of a pedigree but what they lack in lineage, they make up for in personality. Last but not least in our farm yard family is Boris, the Christmas pig. Boris is a heritage Large Black Boar. He is a charmer with his huge tusks and his tongue hanging out. The ladies love him and he is an extremely gentle creature.
I wish I had an an interesting tale to tell of how I got into soap making. The truth is, I got goats. As with most things in my life, it just happened. It all began with my wish for a milk cow. I had idealistic dreams of a friendly, loving dairy cow who would happily contribute her milk for our well being. This cow would never kick, would never be a hinderence on an active lifestyle and bring us nothing but joy...and milk. My husband, the realist of the pair, teasingly told me if I could milk a goat twice a day, every day, for a year we would discuss a cow. He found Nubian does, in milk, for sale by a local breeder. He surprisingly offered to take me to look at them. Well, revised, Reader's Digest version, I fell in love with these friendly, social, animated creatures and we came home with two, Peanut Butter Cup(a.k.a. My Sweet Baboo),and Sweet Pea(a.k.a Baby). Baboo was making milk and baby was well, a baby. At first, we made ice cream, a lot. One can only make and eat so much ice cream. I thought I would try my hand at making cheese, but I don't really like cheese. So, I found a recipe for goat's milk soap. I went to the local health food store and purchased my organic oils, butters and essential oils. I went to the local hardware and purchased lye, for which you have to sign your life away, and tentatively tried to make soap. It went surprisingly well! I had never used handmade all natural soap before but what a difference! It was so creamy and moisturizing. It didn't leave any residue behind and it just felt good. My family tried it, then my uncles tried it, then my friends tried it, and the wonderful lady at the health food store tried it and surprisingly, they all loved it too.
We have expanded our herd, we now have twenty-five goats and I have expanded my goat's milk products. I now enjoy making fresh goat's milk lotion, and a wide array of soaps for different purposes. I am a firm believer in that people should always have options. I enjoy providing the option of locally sourced, handmade, all natural products. I enjoy working with others like me, who make things with care and integrity. I enjoy creating helpful, useful things to improve someone's life or well being. I really enjoy working with my family. My soon to be eleven year old daughter, Jordan, has created a kids line of fun, natural soaps. She is also my marketing director and CEO of sales. My husband, Eric, is my support team, milk maid, soap stamper, label maker, soaping partner and all around good guy. None of this would be possible without the love, support and help of these wonderful people.
That is a glimpse of our story. I truly hope you enjoyed reading it and I genuinely hope you try and love my products.