Today, May 1st, is my mother's birthday!
She was a farmer's wife ... married to a dairy farmer.
Her life was busy with four children, a huge garden, a herd of dairy cattle, crops to tend, 4-H to lead, and Sunday School to teach! And that is the tip of the iceberg ... I marvel when I think about all she accomplished every day!
My farmer father, took over the farm from his parents. His brother and parents also worked on the farm. Our farm was filled with family and it took everyone working to make it productive. I loved our life on the farm!
While in college, I really missed my family ... and farming. Even though I attended a small college, living and working on a campus with three thousand people was a huge adjustment for me. I always believed and dreamed that in my adulthood I would return to farming.
After college I took a job teaching in Alaska and had every intention of returning home in two years. That was 36 years ago. Little did I know when this picture was taken, that I would never live a life filled with agriculture again. Even this many years later, I miss farming. But in my heart ... I am still a farm girl.
Since I am no longer able to celebrate my mother's birthday with her, I try to think of some way to honor her in my heart. My mother's death in 2006 was a catalyst for the development of the "dillydally lifestyle" I promote! She continues to inspire me every day!
Earlier this month, I preordered Lori Holt's new quilt book, Farm Girl Vintage! It had won my quilter's heart even before I held it in my hands! Once it arrived, I knew that I would make the sampler ... so many of the designs reflect parts of my childhood on the farm! I even ordered a fatquarter pack of fabric to add to my stash!
in her recliner on her throne with her favorite quilt! Don't worry ... we played a lot of fetch, hide n' sneak, and ambush while I prepared fabric! And she received kitty treats and loads of affection!
|My parents, 1973|
|Mom & her four chicks. We'll discuss my (age 8) hair style later ... very long story!|
|Three generations of farmers ... Mom made my (age 10) cowgirl outfit!|
|College graduation, May 1979|
|Alaska bound - July 1979 - everything I owned was on my back!|
Do what you love! Honor your Mother! Do dillydally!