“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

It Was The Best of Times/It Was The Worst of Times

 I know... it sounds like the beginning of an epic novel, doesn't it?  Well, after not having family together at one time since Christmas of 2019, we had a family party last Friday.  Amanda was here, visiting from Colorado.  Her twin, Ryan and his wife, Bekah, and baby, Wren drove in from North Carolina.  All of the local kids and grandkids came to the farm as well.  We had a wonderful gathering of four generations.  Good food, laughter, family communion... all things that had been sorely missed for so long!

Cousins met for the first time.

It was a special day filled by my most special souls on all this earth.

Saturday, we rose early, and headed to Pittsburgh for a family wedding.  We just happened to find an Amish bakery along the way which made Amanda's day.  She hasn't been able to find "good" donuts since moving from Pennsylvania!

  Amanda and Ryan and his family also made the trip to Pittsburgh, as the wedding was Jack's nephew and the twins' cousin.

We had lovely weekend accommodations at this old mansion-turned-boutique-hotel, called the Inn on Mexican War Streets.

It was quite beautiful inside... the inside fully refurbished to the mansion's finest days. 

We met family at a...

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