My name is Wendy, and I am the the head chicken tender here at The Robin's Nest. We are a modern homestead(ish) family located in Natchitoches Parish Louisiana.
I am married to Jason, and a mother of four. My favorite color is sage green, and my favorite vegetable is TACOS. Gardening has become a passion, and I am slightly addicted to hatching eggs in the incubator. I breed show quality Holland Lop rabbits and Bearded Silkies, but I struggle to part with the babies when it is time to sell because I am a big softie.
I am a homeschool mama to two beautiful teenage girls, and a lover of nature. I look forward to seeing new life spring up from the earth and out of the barn every year. I am a Jesus follower, and I love to sing. My favorite hobby is kayaking on the lake and going hiking with my girls.
I love the idea of childhood being spent barefooted in the grass and collecting your breakfast out of the coop every morning. Laying on a blanket and making out shapes in the clouds, or reading a good book will always win over television or video games.
Slowing Down and Adoption
I use to live in a major city, but I was craving a slower pace. I needed simplicity and a life that felt meaningful. I felt like I was living in a rat race, and I wanted to feel a connection with God that was being drowned out by the hustle and bustle of life in the city.
I felt like I was drowning. I knew I needed to do something to allow myself to heal both my heart and my health, so I packed up and moved 700 miles south and began to rebuild my life with my focus on God. Little did I know then that my life was about to be turned upside down by an eight year old little girl who needed a family.
There is no doubt in my mind that every season of my life was preparing me for this, and it was all part of God's kingdom plan. The trauma, my health, the move, the adoption... God's hand was in every moment of it, and I am thankful that He used me in such a mighty way. We may not have gained a daughter the usual way, but I can't even imagine life without her. God always knows what He is doing.
Fighting for Answers
We began stepping into the homesteading life because the peace and quiet and the self-sufficiency that it offered resonated with me. But suddenly as an adult, I began to have some serious food allergies and random reactions to foods. I began to have random anaphylactic responses to what seemed like the air itself.
It took nearly two years to get a diagnosis because doctors had no idea what was wrong with me. But I am a fighter! And I was not going to let them give up. I finally found a health team that began to look outside the box, and together they discovered that I had Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).
It typically takes the average person YEARS to get diagnosed with MCAS. I was one of the lucky ones. But waiting two years was long enough for me, and if I can help spread awareness so that someone else can get their diagnosis sooner, then that is what I want to do!
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