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January 14, 2018

Our Farm Office

Our farm office is in our house.......I've literally begged for years for him to build a fancy pole barn with an office!

"Get the office out of the house!"

But the older I get the more I appreciate that it is still part of our home.  When we bought the house 25 years ago thats the first room Chris was concerned with - it was mauve, it had a floral border - it was hideous!  He painted 3 walls white (kinda forgot about the fourth wall), bought a desk, and set up shop!

I've come to believe if the kitchen is the heart of the home the farm office is the heart of the farm - and having that in our home makes me feel good!

He hates my grand ideas!  I re-did the whole room based around our toy tractor collection, I wall papered it with plaid paper, I made him build shelves for all the toys, we put in some stock cabinets and a couple of countertop desks and 2 months later he had a beautiful office!

But the number one hands down most favorite thing I did in that room was hang all the pictures I could find of our families through the years farming.  I still walk in the office sometimes and catch myself just looking at all the pictures of family working hard that made us who we are today.

Each picture is family, each picture holds special memories and stories that mean something to us - made us who we are today, where we are today!

This is Chris' Great Grandpa and the house we live in behind him!  He had a pair of working Percheron's that he was super proud of - Prince and Dick - this is him and Prince!

This is my Dad when he was a teenager!

That little human standing by the front duals is me posing with my Dad's new tractor in the early 70's!

This is Chris' Dad when he was little helping Grandpa Beckley check the level of seed in the planter! Again the house in the background is the house we live in now!

This is Chris' Mom's Dad - it still almost brings tears to my eyes that we are blessed to have so many family farming pictures.

These two pictures were newspaper pictures taken in the 50's when my Grandfather had a corn picker accident and the community came together to harvest his corn.

We have included pictures of us working, the kids riding and working with us - a continual mix of then and now - where we have come from, the progress we have made and those that are our future!

I love being surrounded by memories while making memories - probably why my backsplash in my kitchen is full of handwritten family recipes, most of which we still make often!

Like this apple pie recipe from Chris' Grandma, in his Mom's handwriting and Chris' favorite apple pie!

Mother's Apple Pie

Times change and advancements are made but knowing where you come from helps you map out where you are going!