If we've never had the chance to meet at one of the craft festivals or making deliveries, I'd like to introduce myself and family to you. My name is Theresa and I am the main soap artisan. I have a background in massage therapy, having graduated massage therapy school in 2004, and grew up in my father's pharmacy working as a pharmacy technician. I started this business because I loved making bath salts and other bath goodies for friends and family as Christmas presents. About 4 years ago, I was introduced to goat milk soap and we were immediately hooked. It didn't take long for me to have a wonderful soap maker teach me how to make goat milk soap. Since then, I've expanded into other products as I've learned and studied how to create different items. It's like my own science lab in my soap shop where I can experiment with different formulas to see what works best. I love being able to create and run my business while also taking care of our farm and homeschooling my boys. My husband, Jon Paul, and my 4 boys (Jean-Luc, Tristan, Dylan, and Ethan) are at the heart of what we do. They are in the soap shop, helping make bath bombs, labeling products, and washing dishes. Without him them, I wouldn't have the business I have right now.
Jon Paul and I married in 2006. I moved from south Mississippi to Arnaudville to the house his grandfather built in the 1950's. I love the rural area we live in and always dreamed of having farm animals. Neither one of us had grown up having farm animals, but we knew it was something we both wanted to do.
We started out with two cows and a few chickens.
Wrong Way and Blunt were our very first farm animals. I'll never forget the day Jon Paul came home and told me he bought two pregnant cows. We didn't even have any fence up on our property! It was a mad rush to get everything ready to bring them home. Did I mention, we didn't have a cattle trailer either? Sometimes we have the tendency to put the cart before the horse. We got our fencing completed and brought these two big girls home. It wasn't long before we went from 2 cows to 4 with the birth of two heifers. Eventually we ended up selling one because she was a little wild. About a year and a half ago, we realized that Blunt was no longer able to become pregnant so we had her slaughtered to provide meat for our family. Wrong Way is still with us and gave birth to a heifer calf a few weeks ago.
About 4 years ago, we decided to add dairy goats. Jon Paul prefers to drink goat milk over store bought milk, so we started with a few goats in milk. The first two to come to the farm were Moonlight and Madeline, and Madeleine's twins Holly and Finn. We were still working on building proper facilities for the goats when we bought them from a wonderful couple who have become some of our best friends. Moonlight passed away about a year ago and we ended up selling Madeline to another couple who wanted some dairy goats. Right now, our herd is 20 goats including some Nubians, LaManchas, and Saneens.
All of our animals have their own personalities. From the very lovey dovey goats that will follow you like puppy dogs, to the ones that prefer to be left alone. We embrace the diversity among the animals. From cows to chickens, to goats, turkeys, and even some pigs, we've experienced raising all of them. We've witnessed life and death. We've cried over animals we couldn't save and had joyful celebrations when animals were born. We've bought new animals and sold others. We've sent some to the butcher to provide our family with food. We've made many mistakes and learned so much. I love that my 4 boys get to experience having farm animals and see what it takes to have a farm.
Farm life is not easy. There are so many ups and downs, but it's something we wouldn't trade for anything. This adventure has allowed us to develop our business and meet so many new people. We've made wonderful friends because of our little farm. Friends that have been there to offer a helping hand when we've needed it and we've been allowed to return the favor!
So now, you know a little about us and what we do. Our life here is pretty busy on a daily basis, but we love it. There is never a dull moment! Thanks for taking a peek into our crazy little life!