I'm living in North Dakota?
I'm living in the Wild, Wild West?
I get here?!?
I grew up in Rochester, Michigan
(metropolitan Detroit area) then spent my early adult years raising a family
and pursuing a demanding career. I was a successful teacher with
wonderful children, quite contented with my life. Of
course, things weren't perfect, but I was happy going to church and school
events, had a good job and lived in a nice neighborhood. Life was
my world was turned upside down, and became better than I could ever have
dreamed! I feel like I'm living out a Dream!
Taken from our front porch looking
North-Northeast ~ Summer
to today, and you'll find me living in the midst of 2,500 acres of
beautiful, serene farmland. Our home is perched atop a hill surrounded
by pastures with daisies, prairie roses and lots of
wildflowers. (That's why we're Daisy Hill Poodles!)
We have our Poodles and puppies, a couple of sweet cats, an African Grey
parrot, a singing canary, several pet rabbits roaming around the farm and a
yummy vegetable garden right outside our front door.
The view from our front porch looking East ~ October 2007
(The farm in the
distance belongs to Richard's parents.)
years I've had horses, miniature horses, calves, several hundred sheep and
lambs, a miniature pot-bellied pig, dinner hogs, llamas, goats, chickens,
turkeys, ducks, geese and guineas. I learned so much caring
for all the different kinds of livestock. I've also learned some
important lessons about myself. For example, I've learned that I DON'T
like to raise animals for eating! I hated market day! (And
when my beloved bottle-calf, Homer, grew up and "moved" to our freezer, I
had to give up beef for almost a year!)
As we look
out across the fields and ponds we have unobstructed views of the
countryside. We watch vast flocks Canada
geese, snow geese, trumpeter swans, pelicans, sand hill cranes and lots of
others as they pass through on their migrations North and South. Each
summer ducks and a few Canada geese nest nearby to raise their
broods. They provide delightful free entertainment!
dream of living in the country has come true. I've been blessed with a
loving husband, five precious children and their wonderful spouses, four
darling grandsons and lots
of pets on the farm of my dreams. We have had sadness, to be
sure. The death of one of our sons in 2003 was a terrible shock, a
grief that still lingers. But God has been very good to us and He
comforts us through the difficult times. We have so much to be thankful for.
We thank God every day for our many
Welcome to our Home
Dawn's early light across the water
Prairie rose in the pasture
Puppies having their first outdoors-playtime
Puppies playing near our backyard pond
Pelicans stop in our pond on their annual migrations
Canola ripening in the sunshine
This is where Canola Oil comes from.
Mustard field ripening
Yes - this is where your mustard comes from.
Wheat ready to harvest
Here come the combines!
Hay bales ready for gathering
Snowy Christmas 2002
Snow on the grainaries and ice on the pond
Frost on the trees and snow on the
bales February 2004
Drifts over the play yard fence at
twilight ~ February 2004
Sunset on the farm
The skies are clear, the air is fresh and clean.
Thank You, Father! This is truly Heaven on
God Bless America!
says, "I will rescue those who love me.
protect those who trust in My name.
call upon Me, I will answer;
I will be
with them in trouble.
I will rescue
them and honor them.
satisfy them with a long life
AND GIVE THEM