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A Day of Thanks

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. It's a day to give thanks, a time to remember what you are grateful for and to be with family. As I write this, the Thanksgiving as I knew it is no longer what it used to be for me. Yes, I'm so very grateful for our service members that service members ...

Lessons from Grandpa

My Grandpa Boone had a way of making learning fun. Looking back, as a four year child, I didn't realize that I was actually learning anything. I just knew that I was having fun with my grandpa.Whenever when we were driving and had to stop at a railroad crossing, the "train game" would always ...

Memories Of Canning

I don't know how my grandmother did it. Every summer as a child, part of my summer vacation was the same. It would be spent in her kitchen, while she stood over a hot stove for days on end canning fruits and vegetables.This was back in the early 1980s up through the early 1990s, back before my ...

My Crochet Teacher

My husband and I have been married almost 30 years. As I type that number I look at it in something akin to shock to realize I have been a part of his family for that long – and survived! However, one of the best parts of his family that I was able to experience was his grandmother – or as ...

Your Replies to How You Would Spend Another Hour at Your Childhood Home

Dear Friends,Awhile back, I wrote the post “A Final Hour On the Farm Where I Was Raised.” Oh, my, I didn’t see it coming, but this is how 255 of you Capper’s Farmer and GRIT followers told us you would spend an hour at your childhood home if you could. I want to thank each one of you ...

Pass It On

It's interesting to me, in taking this journey towards self-sufficiency, how many aspects of "going green" or being "organic" I learned growing up with my parents. However, at that point, it was just the way we lived because my parents were born to parents who went through the Great ...

Cabin Fever

How many people like me have cabin fever? I have so much cabin fever I feel like I’m going crazy. All the seed catalogs I’ve received are now well-worn and the pages are dog-eared as I look though them just one more time waiting for my orders to come in the mail. I’ve even picked up a ...

The Treasure of Grandchildren

Dear friends!It was a Friday evening, and we were more than excited while waiting for our two grandchildren to come. Katie, 18, just graduated from high school; and Caleb, 16, will be a junior this fall. How brave of them to take a 10-hour trip with our country home as their destination. They ...

Reasons I Am Thankful

I have so much to be thankful this Thanksgiving and am at the age I have finally figured out all this fuss we make over it is just about being with family. We all hear that every year, but it sometimes takes a lot of time to really sink in. My blog this week will be short with lots of photos ...

Grandma and Grandpa’s Farm

As a child, visiting my grandfather’s farm was like venturing into another world, far away from my in-town life. Grandpa kept geese, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Grandma’s cellar was lined with home-canned food. Dinner might start with venison and end with currant pie. We washed up with ...

Why Move to the Country

Hello, I'm Nana, and I live with Grandpa in the country on a little piece of land I call Nana's Ranch. Because I've only lived here full-time for a little more than a year, a lot of my blogs will be about discovery and overcoming things I never envisioned possible. How did we end up in the ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Emigrated, Relatives Remain in Germany

My grandparents did indeed come from the old country, or old countries, to settle in the land of opportunity. My father's parents came from Germany, and even now I have relatives there whom I have never had the pleasure of hearing from. However, one of my cousins and his wife lived in Germany ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Emigrated From Germany

Both sets of my grandparents emigrated from different parts of Germany during the last decades of the 1800s. They came at different times; my paternal ones came from the area called Mecklenburg; the maternal two came from the Hessian state. All probably used the steerage part of their ship. ...

Grandparents Sell Possessions to Travel to Land of Opportunity

My great-grandparents, Paul and Augusta, sailed on The Deutcha Vandaha to the United States – the land of opportunity – in 1881. Before they came, this family of 11 sold all their possessions except what they needed for daily use. The money helped pay for the ship's passage. Their ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Survived Cholera Outbreak

I have often heard the story of my great-grandparents crossing over the Atlantic to the land of opportunity. Grandpa was Christoff Meyer, from Trier, Germany. Grandma was Helena Halmos from the old kingdom of Prussia. They were only children at the time. Cholera broke out on the ship, and ...

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