Where’s Marissa?

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If you have been following along with us for a while you maybe wondering, what happened to Marissa. She wrote the very first post but we haven’t heard much from her since.

I’ll give you an update, but first let me give you a little background on this amazing lady. Michael and I met Tex and Marissa in Piedras Negras, Mexico almost 7 years ago. They were newly weds working on the border, and we had just been married the year prior.  We were both working in the same town with different organizations. We became fast friends and have stayed that way though both of our families have moved several times since.

Tex and Marissa share Michael’s home state of Georgia. When we get together Tex and Michael usually stay up late figuring out answers the worlds problems. Marissa and I look at magazines and share a love of cooking and homemaking. Though of the two of us Marissa is a far better and more experienced chef.

After several years in Mexico and then a few in New Mexico the Bagleys  have returned to their home state and settled, at least temporarily, on Tex’s family farm. They have a beautiful daughter Abigail who is a bit younger than Zenie and a new baby Malachi.  They are taking this time to connect with land and with family. Tex will be starting graduate school soon and they still run Hands and Feet Ministries  which continues to work in Piedras. But much of their focus over the next few years will be on spending time together as a family and learning to farm.

On our recent trip back East we had a chance to get the full tour including milking a Jersey cow, butter making and planting an herb garden.  Our visit was a great time with friends with the bonus of getting to sample the homegrown foods  which they are already producing.  Even without any fresh summer produce (the new crops are just starting to sprout) we had milk, butter, yogurt and eggs all produced on their property.   And getting into the deep freeze gave us blue berries, cream peas and fried okra frozen from last year. The whole experience was a sensory delight. I’ll be posting some recipes of the cooking we did later. For now I hope you enjoy some of the highlights of our visit.

Tex and Abigail are ready to give us the tour.
Tex and Abigail are ready to give us the tour.

 

Here comes Grandpa Bagley.
Here comes Grandpa Bagley.  He is the real deal. A real life farmer is hard to find these days and it was a delight to hear his thoughts and learn from his experience.

 

City girl turned country, churning butter.
Beautiful Marissa, was once a city girl, now full time farmer. She and Grandpa are having butter battles. Marissa did hers in a Kitchen Aide, Grandpa did his the old fashioned way with a butter churner. Both turned out great.

 

Dandy the new Jersey cow with the sweetest milk I've ever tasted and her new calf. Even with nursing the calf the Bagleys get about 3 gallons of milk per day which they share with Tex's grandparents who own the farm and who have worked it for decades.
Dandy the new Jersey cow with the sweetest milk I’ve ever tasted and her new calf. Even with nursing the calf the Bagleys get about 3 gallons of milk per day which they share with Tex’s grandparents.

 

Tex giving baby Malachi an early lesson on milking.
Tex giving baby Malachi an early lesson on milking.

 

Feeding the chickens
Feeding the chickens

 

And collecting eggs.
And collecting eggs.

 

Abigail showing us the baby calf.
Abigail showing us the new calf.

 

Tex, showing us how it is done.
Tex, showing us how it is done. Grandpa can milk her dry in about 10 minutes. It takes Tex 15-20.

 

Me and Zenie giving it a try. Slow, very slow.
Me and Zenie giving it a try. Slow, very slow.

 

Grandpa and Marissa checking out their sprouts.
Grandpa and Marissa checking out their sprouts.

 

Looking down at the hog pen.
Looking down at the hog pen.

 

Taking us on a walk over the old train bridge.
Taking us on a walk over the old train bridge.

 

Marissa planing her herb garden outside of the kitchen.
Marissa planting her herb garden outside of the kitchen. Love that red dirt.

 

Bringing in the evening milk.
Bringing in the evening milk.

 

The girls throwing rocks in the creek. Can you imagine a real life river flowing right through your own farm. As a Texan this is like an impossible dream coming true.
The girls throwing rocks in the creek. Can you imagine a real life river flowing right through your own farm? As a Texan this is like an impossible dream coming true.

The Bagley’s are busy getting adjusted to the rhythm of country life. With a new home, a new baby and spring planting, their plates are full. Marissa is hoping to start posting again in the future. But for now she is enjoying all that farming life has to offer.

 

These girls are sure to be life long friends.

4 Comments

  • Shannon Reply

    love seeing their beautiful life! i think we met them in waco once?

    • egjarrett Reply

      Yes you did meet them Shannon, we were talking about your blog and Marissa remembered meeting y’all too. I love when my different friends from around the country come together like that. So fun.

  • Alvin Reply

    My kids look good on the Farm.

    • egjarrett Reply

      They sure do.

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