Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

Emily will not let her dad and the officiator (her dad’s friend) wear their kilts to the wedding.  The child is like 98% Celtic origin.  She wants what she wants.  She (like most of us) has been planning her wedding since childhood.  Pinterest is well used.  The wedding is going to be beautiful, all spring …

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She would be induced at 10:00 that night.  Not wanting to be two hours away, we checked into a hotel with our granddaughter, Maryjane, near the hospital after packing bags and finding a pet sitter.  We went swimming and snuggled in for the night, checking my phone every few hours.   Maryjane and I had coffee …

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And then they thought, “Why, we should be four.  Four holds infinite love at its door.” But first there was one.  She is our youngest daughter, Emily, and she is ever so much fun. Then there were two.  And no one stole my heart faster than you know who… I became a Grammie and Doug …

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When her brother turned eighteen, we threw him a big surprise party.  He and his friend were a little late but when they walked in a long table of people had menus covering their faces and yelled surprise!  When her sister turned eighteen shortly after we did a reverse surprise party since we knew she …

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As I get older the things I treasure are fewer but hold more intensity.  Relationships tend to take precedence in life these days.  The sacredness of being on this life journey with another soul is so breathtakingly beautiful and I have such gratitude for those who have chosen to stay in my life and partake in it. One …

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This little girl will forever be our little girl.  She is often mistaken as her sister’s twin, she adores her brother and sister, she is a loyal and generous friend, and an inspiring mother, and forever our baby. Today our quiet and enchanting youngest child turns twenty.  Hard to believe all of our children are in their …

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A new day.  I breathe in the fresh air with thanksgiving. Today’s to-do list: Pick up granddaughter so she can play at Grammie and Papa’s house while Mama is at work. Dig big holes in four places and plant fruit trees. Check on seedlings.  Move larger pots if they are not getting enough sun. Remove …

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“Oh Emily, so sweet and true Oh Emily, my love for you extends beyond a thousand miles Will see us through a thousand trials All I see and know to be right, disappear from my sight, as my adoration for you surrounds us like light.” March 1997 1997 2015 Emily at Eighteen, a beautiful sight …

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