It’s My Birthday!

Yes, Today, I’m 36.

Thanks to my mom who went through labor and giving birth 36 years ago.

Thanks to my dad you gave her his half of my gene pool.

Thanks to their parents who had them, and their parent’s parents who had them. 

If everything in history hadn’t worked out exactly right, I wouldn’t be here. 

If the my 16th great-grandfather of the Cameron clan hadn’t survived that one skirmish with some other Scottish clan in the 1500’s, and met my 16th great-grandmother, I wouldn’t be here.

If that meteor hadn’t struck the earth and killed all the dinosaurs when it did, I wouldn’t be here.

If modern medicine hadn’t come up with Prednisone, I believe it’s rather likely that a kidney condition I had in childhood through young adulthood would have led to kidney failure, and I wouldn’t be here.

If The Animal Whisperer hadn’t convinced me to get help for depression 1 1/2 years ago, I believe I would still be here, but would be hanging on by a very thin thread.

I am thankful when I see chalk drawings on the deck, because it means I have 2 beautiful, energetic, rambunctious children, and that I’m alive.

I am thankful when I eat something that maybe doesn’t even taste good, because it means I have food, and that I’m alive.

I am thankful when I see the new scrub oak leaves on the trees, miniature versions of their summer outfits.

I am thankful that after a long day, I can rest my forehead on Canela’s side while I milk her.

I am thankful that my boys and my husband surprised me at 6:30 this morning with coffee and a delicious breakfast in bed.

I am thankful for all of the recycled treasures that are part of our farm and household inventory, because it means I have a dedicated and creative and resourceful and protective husband.

I am thankful I am married to my husband.

I am thankful for yoga, goats and Citalopram, the three main reasons I’ve kicked depression.

I am thankful to have lived 36 years.

I am thankful I have at least 64 to go.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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10 Responses to It’s My Birthday!

  1. Eli says:

    My maiden name is Cameron! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!
    Elizabeth Rainhart

  2. Erica says:

    I am thankful you were the friendly girl across the hall from me in A/L freshmen year at UPS. My life has never been the same and I am so thankful. 🙂

    Happy birthday my dear Friend Linds!


  3. Nora says:

    Happy Birthday!

  4. Melina says:

    You truly are blessed! Maybe I need to try yoga again.
    From your Citalopram sister

  5. marianne says:

    happy birthday lindsey! i’m thankful for all those things you mentioned, too, as they contribute to who you are and i’m thankful i know you!

  6. Lisa Jackson says:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    from Jason and Lisa Jackson

  7. Linda Stepanek says:

    You are amazing Lindsey☺ Hope your 36th b-day is by far the BEST!!

  8. mary menz says:

    Happy, happy birthday to you!

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