Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

20 August 2016

missing family

I love that having visitors makes you do more venturing around your own area, even when you are spending a good chunk of the visit canning, harvesting and caring for six kids. 

We are missing my sister and her two kids after they spent a week here.  She was so helpful around the farm, and we were able to squeeze in a visit to Wonderfeet Museum, the Japanese gardens, Farm to Ballet at Shelburne Farms, and our favorite bakery.  We enjoyed the meteor shower on a blanket in the front yard, and took a night swim at our favorite river spot.

Wishing we lived closer, but oh-so-thankful that they made the big trip out to see us!

16 May 2016

the weekend

F and I made the trip to Connecticut this weekend and had a nice time at Adam's sister-in-law's baby shower.  It was also so nice to spend the weekend with my best friend, who has the loveliest place (the first photos), full of handmade items, and knitted, sewn and painted crafts she's made (or are in the works).  

We made the trip to Brimfield, too (which was *sort of* on my way home).   It was overwhelming to work through in an afternoon (we barely made it through a third of it), but worth the detour.  

I came home to very cold temperatures, and we have blueberries in bloom and tender plants growing, so we had to cover everything the best we could and thankfully, they made it through the night.  Looking forward to warmer temperatures at the end of the week.

02 May 2016

my time in michigan

my grandpa on the tractor he gave us

my grandpa

lake michigan and 'big red'

my parents' back yard (a harbor off of lake michigan)

my nana

my grandma dorothy

tulip time is coming

I'm so thankful I was able to travel to Michigan last week.  I saw countless family members from both sides of my family because so many relatives from my dad's side came to my grandpa's visitation.  The funeral service for him was so moving.  Distant cousins of mine play bluegrass music and sang his favorite hymns in the most beautiful harmonies.  Despite the sad circumstance, the feelings of joy and love in the reuniting as a (large!) family were so much stronger than the sadness.

At the same time that we were burying him, his tractors were arriving in Vermont.  He gave Adam the two tractors that he had, which will allow us to grow our own feed for our animals because they are so much more powerful than the tractors we have.  It was so bittersweet for my mum and I.  We cried when we got a short video from a friend who filmed their arrival in Vermont.  But we will think of him every time we use them... And I found a wonderful picture of him on one of the tractors.

My sister and I also got to spend time with my nana (who is now in alzheimer's care).  We also met with a great aunt (who was married to my grandpa's brother) who was best friends with my mum's mum (who died when my mum was 7).  We know so little about my Grandma Dorothy but we gathered many stories and photos about her from my Aunt Girlie.  It was such a blessing.  

And, of course, we got to enjoy the tulips, though we were a couple weeks early for the Tulip Time Festival.  I haven't made it to Michigan in May in years, so it was wonderful to see the tulip lined streets of my hometown.

Finally, I arrived home just in time to celebrate M's 6th birthday!  My friend's mum made a (M-designed) cake for him that I picked up on my way back from the airport.  He was thrilled to have a family birthday party right when we got back home.  

25 April 2016

My mum's father passed away yesterday. 
Like many families, my mum's family's story is long and complicated, with too many emotional details for my farming blog.  But, as I head to Michigan, with little F, to be with my family, I am overwhelmed with thanks for the past two months that my mum and her siblings had with him.  He spent these final weeks of his life dividing time between each of their homes...where they cared for him as his cancer weakened him, they talked with him, and remembered with him.  And I have learned many lessons in love watching them go through this.  
The traits that I will remember from my grandpa stretch back to his mother, who I wish I could have met.  Frugality, kindness, and generosity are in all of the stories I have heard about her, and are the heart of the memories I will pass on about him.
Rest in peace, Grandpa.

13 January 2016


My sister ventured here from Chicago with her two little ones.  We've had a fun time together, pretty much just cooking and caring for a pile of kids, but it is always more fun to do the 'regular' stuff together. ;)

We had a little birthday party for the girls, as both of their birthdays come later this month.  Our mum even joined in via facetime.   M designed a birthday crown for little T (my niece) who is turning 1.  The boys all decorated with Auntie Em's help.  It was a special night.  (The photos from most of the past week are poor quality as someone had switched a camera setting).