The best day of my long life

This post will surprise many who follow this website but it has been the best day of my life and I had to tell the world. My daughter and I were invited to put on a display at our local health food market which could highlight our startup group home and future farm. We needed the exposure and were looking for some support. The group home is just as important to my daughter as it is to me. In fact, my daughter has been making necklaces and ear rings to sell so she can give all the proceeds to the group home’s building fund. This was enough for me to be proud of her but that was not what made this MY BEST day.

All my adult life, I have wished that I could see through a new born child’s eyes and experience their thoughts after they see something for the first time. We as adults view new things based on our past experiences. Today, I got to see just that through my daughters 30 yr old dark brown eyes.
I know parents that have a disabled child will understand but for those parents that don’t; I hope I can let you see through my eyes. Today, I saw my daughter’s eyes sparkle and have hope. She over came her uneasiness with talking with people and explained the importance of the group home to her and for the others that would live there. She sold her necklaces and ear rings explaining how they were made and even giving those who helped her their credit. She loved every minute of today and she was able to raise $60 for the building fund. SHE did it, Her eyes had new life and I have never been more proud of her. She is amazing and she has taught me so much more than anyone about life and the importance of the most simple things that we do everyday.

I have been fearful of how she would handle life after her parents die but watching her eyes today I feel she will be fine. That is a wonderful thing for the parent of a special needs child to know. Having a special needs child is an extreme emotional roller coaster ride for their parents and today was the highest peak so far for me and I hope that the high peaks continue. But even if they don’t, I know that my daughter is AMAZING and has done more good in life than I have ever done. Special needs kids work so hard to accomplish even the smallest of things and they deserve to be told so.

The group homes’ building progress is going very slow due to funding but looking through my daughters eyes today gave me new hope and drive and I know that it will be built. It NEEDS to be built. All these kids need to have that sparkle but back and keep in their eyes.

Lorie is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you

I would like to thank all of you that have commented on the recent article written about Swallowtail Summit Farms that was published in the Times-News of Hendersonville NC. They did a great job getting out the word about us and a special thanks to Beth DeBona. What really surprised me the most was the inquires that came from all over this country and Canada. It confirms that there is a very large need to provide groups homes.

The work is still going forward a little too slow but it is at least continuing, we did receive some people wanting to help with the work.


Well, I guess this old goat didn’t get enough social media training because my once a week blog did not come about. Sorry, I just did not think of anything that I thought would be interesting, but something did come up just before Christmas. It was something that I didn’t expect to come up until the group home was finished and I hope NEVER comes up again. I am still extremely bothered by it. I received an email from someone that was trying to find a home for a 20 yr. old with autism, he didn’t drive, could not find a job and needed a place to live and work and couldn’t cope well in a city life. This is type of autistic individual that Swallowtail Summit Farms was started for and this could have been my daughter and I had to say no because we are just getting started with very, very little funding to build our first home. I was able to give the name and contact info for a group home that is up and running but it has a long waiting list as do other working farm group homes. Put yourself in the 20 yr. old’s shoes, how would you feel and what do you think you could due to help yourself. I pray that no other person has to feel what he must feel and I hope we will be able to build the farm soon. We have 38 acres sitting vacant waiting to be finished and when finished could give peace of mind to the parents of autistic children. And it would give a future to so many that need a loving place to live and work; a place that gives a purpose for life and a community to belong to.

Sorry, that this isn’t more up lifting but like I said earlier it still bothers me. With the extreme increase in the number of children with autism, we all need to do something now.

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