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Farm Stay Story - Windysage Farmstay B&B

This Farm Stay Story was sent to us by 12 year old Kelly Kirk, who recently vacationed at Windysage Farmstay B&B in Mackay, Idaho with her family. Take it away, Kelly!

Windysage2Hi, I’m Kelly. I live in Texas with my mom, dad, and older sister. This summer I had the most wonderful vacation ever and I want you to have fun also. So, if you’re looking for a place out in the country to relax, enjoy the scenery, have fun with your family, play outdoors, and be with animals: well I think I know just the place for you. There’s this new organization called Farm Stay U.S. that has bed and breakfasts which are on the land of a farm, ranch, or vineyard.

My family and I traveled to a goat farm in Mackay, Idaho. There, we played with the chickens, ducks, cats, bunnies, turkey and goats. The turkey made the most beautiful cooing sound. I learned how to milk a goat and filter the milk afterwards. Miss Karen and Mr. Adam, the owners of the farm stay, made extra sure to make us feel right at home. They gave us fresh eggs from their chickens and fresh milk from their goats. We also received homemade bread and sausage. At dark we sat around the campfire and ate the ice cream from the goats’ milk Mr. Adam made for everyone, and enjoyed the moonlit mountains.

Windysage3When it was time to go to bed I slept on the pullout couch in the living room of the little cabin we stayed in. My parents slept in the bedroom and my sister slept across the lawn on a bed in a small building fashioned to look like a covered wagon. When I woke up in the morning I didn’t hear the rumble of cars or the neighbor's lawnmower. There was no sound. Everything was calm and peaceful. When I went outside I felt a slight breeze and the warm sun on my face. The chickens were moving around and occasionally the turkey would make its soft cooing sound. There were no cars on the dusty road or a neighbor to be seen. It was just my family, Miss Karen, Mr. Adam, animals and the mountains.

Time went by so quickly I didn’t even realize it was our last day in Mackay. We gathered our suitcases and put them in the car. Miss Karen and Mr. Adam were waiting for us and we hugged them goodbye. We thanked them for everything they had done for us and how they made us feel so at home. Right before we left we gathered hands and prayed. They prayed for us and our safety getting home and we thanked God for bringing them into our life. We left with tears in our eyes but in our hearts we knew we couldn’t be happier. They blessed us in so many ways and they can do the same for your family. Go stay with them on their farm, you won’t believe what you’ll find in just a little town in Idaho.

(Words and photographs copyright Kelly Kirk.)

2 comments for “Farm Stay Story - Windysage Farmstay B&B”

  1. Gravatar of Sheryl Kirk ApplegarthSheryl Kirk Applegarth
    Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:43:29 PM

    Great story Kelly! Now, you know how your father and his siblings grew up. I have wonderful memories of riding horses every day, feeding our bucket calves, chickens, rabbits, sheep and all the other animals. It is a very peaceful life that I miss very much. I have been trying to get back out to the country every since I left it.
    Aunt Sheryl

  2. Gravatar of Nana & Poppy Rettew Nana & Poppy Rettew
    Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7:10:42 AM

    Hi Kelly,

    We read your letter to Home Stay; beautiful. Good job. You had a really memorable experience and will want re-visit your new friends whenever you can. Try to carry that feeling of peace and serenity with you as you go about your life in Magnolia, which really isn't so different from the B&B in Idaho, is it? Stay in touch- We love you.

    Nana and poppy

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