“Opportunity is often missed by many because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work.” (Thomas Edison)
Once long ago someone shared this quote with me and at the time, I didn’t realize how profound this concept would be and what weight it’s bearing would hold on my adult life. It is firmly planted in my heart and fleshes out daily on our little farm in the city. With each season comes new joys and delightful beauty all around us, with Autumn being one of favorites. With it means a new season at Wheat Brothers Farms where we welcome visitors from near and far to enjoy this special place we call home. The place we have created with all our love and grit to share with all of you.
Telling the story of Wheat Brothers Farms in the current issue of Distinctly Northwest @disntictlynorthwest means something so profoundly deep to me. It is the first article I ever wrote that finally was published. The entirety of the experience has been sweet and kind and reminds me of how life was generations ago and is so often overlooked as nuisances these days. Just like the wheat that stood on this farm over one hundred years ago, is long gone, so are those that once lived in this old white farmhouse. What I wouldn’t give to be able to sit on our front porch and have a conversation with the folks whose life’s dreams were built here. Those good ‘ol days of front porch sittin’ with the neighbor and slow-paced life have unfortunately been lost over the years. It’s incredibly sad to think about and brings to mind my own family that lived these daily values which I was raised to embrace as well.
My momma and my stepfather were just as I am now. They began small just as their parents did. They were hard on me, but faithful to see me succeed in knowing how to accomplish a task. I always take great joy in closing my eyes and recall seeing my stepfather smile when I finally learned how to check and change oil on many of his equipment sets.
These memories and good ‘ol fashion values were what I was raised on. They took hold of me a long time ago and luckily have stayed with me. I really do find peace in that and strive to incorporate those same values in my daily life and especially as an example to my son. Motherhood means everything to me. It is the cornerstone of what I would like my legacy to be recalled to as I’m making my way to heaven.
My hope and my prayer is for those who read this is to give your child the opportunity to grow and flourish in the traditional values of past generations. It isn’t the most popular path and certainly not the easiest. It requires a lot of correcting, dedication and intention, but folks it is so worth it- this I promise you.
I’m grateful to be able to honor and carry on these ideals that I grew up on and share them with those around me. I’m overjoyed with the opportunity to share our story with all of you and thankful to have these special moments captured on film of my son and life on the farm. I will be forever grateful to have these memories to cherish and will always longingly recall his free spirit and wild enthusiastic genuine joy, no matter how old he gets. Boy golly… I sure do love that.
If you haven’t had a chance to read the latest issue of Distinctly Northwest, stop by the farm to pick up a copy and say hey!
I would also like to invite you to our upcoming Pumpkins and Succulents Workshop on October 4th at 6pm. Space is limited so please call (541) 324-3028 to reserve your spot. We are also excited for our annual Harvest Festival on October 26th from 1-4pm. There will be farm fresh goodies for the pickin’, handmade furniture and jewelry, vintage and antique items for sale, hayrides, a photo booth and more.
We look forward to celebrating this beautiful season in Southern Oregon with all of you. It is with a very sincere heart that I thank you all for popping in to read a little more about life on our little farm in the city.