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.
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.