All posts by Laura Reed

Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!

Sheep on the lam

As a shepherd, it has been an education and sobering weekend. I have gained a lot of knowledge but realized that I have a lot more to learn. I was excited to go to the Common Ground Fair this weekend as one of Maine’s leading experts in Katahdin sheep was giving several presentations. Since I […]

Enough of these thunderstorms

I have enjoyed nearly every aspect of my new house. It’s in a great location, there are some amazing neighbors, however they are not too close, and there is plenty of grass for my little lambs to eat. Despite not being finished, I love the house itself. There is one thing, however, that I vehemently […]

Summertime on the homestead

There is little progress to report on the home front. It has been a busy summer, so the house has taken a back seat. After spending so much time the past two years, it has been nice to do some other things. This past week also marked the one year anniversary of my Dad’s brain […]

Sisters for Maggie and Molly

It has been just over three weeks since I got my two little lambs, Maggie and Molly. After having them about a week, my Dad thought that a pair of little white lambs would be a great addition. So, I was on the lookout for a pair of little white Katahdin ewe lambs. I mentioned […]

Introducing Maggie and Molly

I have been living in my new house for close to five months now, and I’m loving every second of it. There are still many things that need completing, but just being here this spring has been such a blessing. It is a gorgeous place to be in the spring. There were times that mud […]

Meeting my lofty expectations

I’ve had really high expectations for the loft. It has taken a long time, but we are finally closing in on finishing the loft. The biggest thing remaining was the doors, which were completed over the past week. There is a lot of storage on each side with living space, a small bathroom, and closet […]

Finally – all my possessions at my house

It’s been another momentous week as I continue to settle into my new house. For the first time in many months, nearly all my possessions are under one roof. Until the beginning of this week, I still had a room full of stuff at my parent’s house. Later this spring my whole family is going […]

Window trim and a bathroom door

Progress continues at a steady pace on the house. We have gotten to the point where there are only a few big projects left, but lots of little cosmetic items to keep plugging away at. As long as we have worked on this house, it still sometimes seems surreal that we are at this point. […]

Home sweet home

It has been a monumental weekend at the homestead, and one I won’t soon forget. However, I’ll start with a story from Thursday night. It was warm and raining on Thursday, and I had a few early mornings at work so I went to bed early. I was awakened to the loudest noise that I […]