The pieces begin to fall into place.
A house in contract, a closing date set.
We found ourselves on the hunt for something to mow our fields
And, as it sometimes happens, the right person found us.
A man named O’Neil had a 1950 Ford 8n tractor to sell.
The farm taking shape as we stood one Saturday admiring the machine being entrusted to our care.
With the tractor came O’Neil’s stories;
an upbringing in Kentucky, a wife met at the roller ring and the 62 years celebrated together.
Decades spent working hard, loving the land and living a life of service to God and country.
“Live in Joy“, O’Neil counseled, “not happiness, Joy“.
His words now woven with ours.
His tractor, his story, now a piece of this life we are building at the farm.