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Happy Mother's Day!

written by

John Filbrun

posted on

May 10, 2023

Good Morning Friend,

Did you know that The Maker's Meadow would not be here if it had not been for my Mom? 

You say, “Of course… because John Filbrun would’ve never been born to be a farmer.” But there's more to it than that…    
When I was around 8 years old, my parents bought a cow for our family. My brother and I started milking two times a day and this was my first responsibility with livestock. My Mom’s desire for “good milk” helped my brother and I learn how to be responsible and how to humanely care for livestock. My Mom and Dad both encouraged me to start Rotational Grazing when I was around 10 or 11 years old. We started raising meat in the meadow for our own family.

After our family (especially my Mom) started experiencing the remarkable health benefits and enjoying the tender, richly-flavored meat, we decided to start growing enough for others as well.            

In 2013, we were selling a lot of meat and it was time for us to name our farm. We spent weeks agonizing over what to call it. Some of the names that I remember talking about was, of course, names like “The Wendell Filbrun Farms” or “Filbrun Family Farm.” But most of all, my Mom wanted to call it “Peasant Pastures.” The way I remember it, all of us children had too much pride to accept a name like “Peasant.” We thought we were above that (even though it would be very accurate).

Finally, my Mom came up with “The Maker's Meadow” and we all really liked it because it gives God the honor and glory that is so rightfully His like it says in Psalm 115:1 and Psalm 115:14-18.

Psalm 115

Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness. 

Why do the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

All you Israelites, trust in the Lord—
    he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord—
    he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord—
    he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
    He will bless his people Israel,
    he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord—
    small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,
    both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
    but the earth he has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
    those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord,
    both now and forevermore.

My Mom is great when it comes to cooking. She feeds us lots of delicious and nutrient dense meals. Click here to get her best recipe for delicious bone broth!

I remember another time more recently about 3-5 years ago when things were very tight financially and I thought I would need to shut the farm down. But my Mom really encouraged that God would give direction and make a way if he wanted it to continue. So far God has proved very faithful! My Mom has been a huge blessing from His Almighty Hand. 

Thank you Mom so much. I love you! 

~Your Son and Farmer 

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