Monday, December 26, 2011

A farm and a dream in Pipersville, Pennsylvania

Their story:

He was born in Doylestown Hospital to Myrtle and Irwin.
Their first son.

They were poor by the world's standards.
Myrtle worked, as an aide, with children that had down syndrome in Norristown.
She was a kind and loving woman who made the world a better place.
She was a very hard worker.

Irwin was the caretaker on a farm in Pipersville,
which is right outside of Doylestown 
in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The farm was fairly large.
The boy lived there with his Mom and Dad in a small shack down in the corner of the land.
The little boy grew up loving the farm.
Although the family was very poor, the boy grew up thinking he was rich.
He had everything he could ever need or want on the farm.
He loved the land and the crops.
He loved the tractors.
He loved the animals.

He helped his Dad and the farm owner whenever he could.
He despised school and would race off the bus every afternoon ready to work.
He did chores, drove tractors and milked cows.
He grew and grew.
His parents got older and decided to move to the middle of the state to farm.
Somewhere a little less expensive than beautiful Bucks County.
The boy, who had now graduated, went to help his Dad on the new farm.
He loved Swengel, Pennsylvania just as he had loved Pipersville, Pennsylvania.
The boy worked hard at many jobs.
The boy was a very good worker.

He loved the new land and the crops.
He loved the tractors.
He loved the animals.
The boy started working at Farm Bureau.
He sprayed crops for farmers.
He loved his job.
He met a girl.
A teacher girl.
They fell in love.

The boy and the girl got married and moved to the farm in Central Pennsylvania to help his parents on their farm.
The boy worked hard.
He always had at least 2 jobs.
The girl taught school.
A baby came.
And another.
His parents were getting older.
Irwin and Myrtle could no longer live off the farm.
The boy did not think he could provide for his growing family on their farm.
They put the farm up for auction.
They all moved back to where they had started their lives:
Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Another baby came.
Irwin and Myrtle got older.
They got sick.
They died.
There was much sadness.
How could life go on?

The boy wanted a farm more than ever before,
but now he had a growing family to support and he could not afford it.
He dreamed of farms.
He loved the smell of manure on crops.
He loved barns and silos and the creatures that lived there.
He loved the land.

His children grew up knowing that farms were the best places on earth.
They admired them from car windows.
They went to the Pennsylvania Farm Show each year and said thank you to the men and women who were working the land.
Years passed.
The boy and the girl and their 3 children bought a house in Perkasie.
From day one, everyone knew, that boy wished he had a farm.

The boy tried to make the house as much like a farm as he could.
There were 3 gardens.
There were old tractors and chicken coops.
There were animals galore.
Life went on even though the house in Perkasie was not a farm.
The boy continued working hard.
His children grew up feeling blessed just as he had years before. 

In the blink of an eye, 
school was done, 
college was done, 
and the boy and the girl were alone.
Alone in Perkasie at the house that had once had gardens and tractors and kids.
Alone on the acre of land that had been a psuedo farm for the boy.
One day, the boy was reading a farm paper and he saw that the farm his dad had worked on when he was a mere child, was going to be auctioned off.

The boy, who was now a grown man, told his wife
and his children that he was going to go and look at the farm of his childhood.

He went to visit the farm in Pipersville.
It was exactly as he had remembered.
He called his kids and said,
"It is going for auction in the Spring, 
but there is just no way we could ever get it.
That much land in Bucks County will go for over a million and a half dollars.
I am glad I looked but now I know I can not get the farm."
Everyone felt sad for the man and his dream.

The auction came.
The man took off work and went just to see who would live at his childhood farm.

 As the auctioneer began that day in the Spring,
the numbers that were being bid were not as high as he had suspected.
 He decided to bid.
And suddenly...
the gavel struck.
The son of Irwin and Myrtle now owned the farm his parents used to work on.
The man was finally a farmer.
He called the Woman and said.
"Are you sitting down?
We just bought the farm."
He bid and won his dream.
Preparations began.
Packing up 25 years of life on a little rancher in Perkasie, Pennsylvania was hard work.
Saying goodbye to the best neighbors and friends was difficult.
Home inspections and insurance agents and life-
it all got crazy as summer eased it's way into Bucks County.

The farm house, that had once been the home of the landowners,
would now be lived in by the Man and the Woman.

The kitchen was re done.
The barn roof was patched.
A tractor was purchased.

Finally, one day in June,
the man and the woman moved onto the farm.
A smile like you have never known was seen on the face of the man.

If you visit the farm today, 
you will see that there is hay in the barn.
There are children playing with basketballs and bicycles.
In the Spring there will be a steer in a stall.
The most important thing that is on that farm is not the hay or the tractor or the barn.
It is those 2 people.
Those 2 people who gave up every dream for their children.
And then, when they least expected it,
their dream has come true.

Of all the things I am thankful for this year,
I am most thankful for my Daddy and my Mommy who dreamed big and took a chance.

At age 60 they went after their dream.

And now,
they are living
Happily Ever After.


Mark said...

A Great Love Story with a Happy Ending. What more could you ask for!

Love Letters To China said...

What an amazing story Becky. I'm in awe of your father for going after a dream he had as a child and achieving it. :-)

Anonymous said...

They really are so happy there! I'm glad you shared Dad's vision. You are the best. xoxo

Tamar SB said...

Oh my goodness, I have tears in my eyes! This is just so special and so sweet!! Congratulations to them for following their dreams and achieving them!!!

Mari said...

What a wonderful post! I'm smiling big after reading this. :)
Congratulations to your wonderful parents!

mamamia said...

THis made me cry, Becky. I love this! I am so happy for your parents! I hope they hang their hammock from the hold house up and you swing in it for me.

Charmaine Poulin said...

This also made me cry!!!! How absolutely wonderful for them to be able to live their dream!!! It's a true life story to keep us going, when our dreams seem so far off!!! Congratulations to them!

M said...

That is so awesome! You need to take this and make one of those photo books of this for them....perfect!!

carrster said...

That was fantastic! Wonderful photos & a truly inspirational story! Thank you for sharing!!

Vanessa said...

I teared up a little. What a lovely story!

Wynn Anne Sibbald said...

LOVE that happy ending! And thanks for visiting (and commenting on) my blog. Happy New Year.

Kara said...

Love how you wrote this sweet story!!! I remember all those animals at the little rancher and the hours and hours we would play with them. Your parents are the best and your dad definitely deserves his dream!!!

Brooke said...

Awwww... this is the sweetest thing ever. Brought a tear to my eye :D Congrats to your parents. HOW EXCITING FOR THEM :D

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

I was too fascinated by the pictures to read the story...The pictures are beautiful! Now I'll go back and read the words. :)

photowannabe said...

Ok!! Where's the box of tissues?
Oh Becky, what a story and what a legacy.
Your way of telling your life story is magnificient.
I love hearing about your folks living out their dream.
Blessings to all of you my dear friend.

Kelly Quinones Miller said...

I'm bawling with happiness and pride for your mama and daddy! What a gift, both to themselves and to their families, to see them so happy!

Bevy said...

Becky, that is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

I have tears, as I read and remember your grandparents and now parents. What a beautiful thing ... to dream a little dream and have it grow up to be true. Reality. And... happy.

What a treasure of a story.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Bevy said...

Becky, that is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

I have tears, as I read and remember your grandparents and now parents. What a beautiful thing ... to dream a little dream and have it grow up to be true. Reality. And... happy.

What a treasure of a story.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Rachel said...

Don't ask me why this made me tear up. Just so incredibly grateful that you SEE it and you SHARE it. How amazing your parents are... and what a God-given gift to be back on that farm. Amazing how He works!

Leah said...

Oh my word, I knew I was emotional today, but good gravy! I'm absolutely crying! Such an incredible story, so richly told!

Kristin said...

love this story; it made me start tearing up!

jlo said...

GREAT post! I'm sp happy for them and for you. Enjoy the farm!

Maria said...

What amazing pictures & what a story!! No wonder you're who you are...just look at who raised you!
You're a beautiful soul, Becky. Have an incredible New Year & keep dreaming!

Mom of M&Ms said...

so excited for them... and so wonderfully captured by you.. I am sure that your blog post is headed to the printer for a coffee table book, right????

Mom Taxi Julie said...

You're such a great story teller! Congrats to your parents, how exciting!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Bernadine said...

Awww.... that is the sweetest thing I've read today. Thanks for sharing the joy.

- dls - said...

oh wow - i love this story! =)

stephanie garcia said...

love. love. LOVE.

Becca said...

Oh heavens I love this story!!!

Gigi said...

This? This was the best story ever!! Heading off to bed knowing that dreams DO come true.... :-)

debi9kids said...

omgoodness. I am sitting with tears on my cheeks.
This is beautiful!
Thank you for sharing their love story.

Danelle said...

Wow! Just wow. What a wonderful story. I'm having trouble coming up with words to say how wonderful I think it is. But it makes me smile. :)

Dominique@Dominique's Desk said...

Lovely story.
I'm glad your dad is able to get the house of his dreams.

Laura D said...

This is an amazing story and I just love how you wrote it and the pictures tie it all together..your parents story is a lesson to us all - never give up on your dreams! Love it.

Pettitt Family said...

So lovely!

Petra said...

What a beautiful, amazing story! The photo of the hats hanging brought a special, good, sad memory to mind. Thanks for that.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a lovely story with a happy ending!

loving all of these fantastic shots!!

wishing you and yours the best for 2012!

deb duty said...

Oh, Becky what a beautiful and touching story. Thank you for sharing it and the beautiful photos to go along with it. I love happy endings and this one was definitely very happy!

Anita Johnson said...

I actually have tears in my eyes...what a story! I'm so happy for your entire family! Please tell your folks congratulations and God bless from someone who would love to own a farm too!

McFarland-Higgins family said...

Whoo!! That made me cry. So sweet!! And btw, who is looking out that window?!

Dumb Mom said...

That's an amazing story! With such a happy ending. Great way to end 2011!

Krystyn said...

I got goosebumps! What an amazing story. And, how awesome that your parents dreamed big and went after what they wanted.

Kristi said...

Wow. That is an unbelievably inspiring story! Beautifully written too. I don't even know you or your parents, but I am touched and so very happy for you all! It's so good to hear when dreams come true. Everybody should read this!

RR Mama said...

What an amazing love story! Thank you for sharing it. Dreams really do come true.

Wanda said...

What a beautiful and loving story, and the pictures to prove it!!! So special.

Tracy P. said...

Jeepers Becky, a tissue warning might be good! LOVE THIS!!!

Tracy P. said...

By the way, I sure hope this is the blog version of the coffee table book you made them for Christmas. :-)

Lisa said...

This is the best story of 2011! It is just beautiful Becky!

Have I ever told you my mother in law's name is Myrtle??? My husband is from Pennsylvania. I grew up in farm country and your dad reminds me of my father.

I hope they have a wonderful life on the farm. Can't wait to see more pictures as the days grow warmer.

Happy New Year!

xoxo, lisa

Cake Poppin' Mama said...

I love, love, love this one!!! Beautifully written with beautiful photos! Love a happy ending :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am SOOOOO happy for your Mama and Daddy!! If anyone deserves to see their dream come true, it is them!!!
Oh, does Kaish love this farm as much as Grandpa??? What fun to hang out joy joy!

t@emmons-blessings said...

love it! living the dream!

Cherry said...


Jim said...

Becky, thank you so much for this! What a great way to end of the year......with a wonderful story by one of the best story tellers!!! And to think this is a true story, love it!

sophie...^5 said...

This is a perfect story for the end of the year...thanks for sharing this family story...lovely... Happy New Year to your whole family!!

Sharmaine said...

That is a beautiful story!

Seeing Each Day said...

What an apt story for this time of year - beautifully told. Thank you. So happy for them.

Loui♥ said...

The Good Lord works in Mysterious ways..
and when least expected, He will make dreams come true!!
such a beautiful love story!
thanks for sharing!
warmest hugs..

richies said...

Awesome story. What a great tribute

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koreen (aka: winn) said...

Awww! So happy for them! Who says dreams don't come true?! :)

Jodi said...

What an awesome story - you brought tears to my eyes! thank you for sharing!

Skeller said...

OMGosh, this is THE BEST story I have read in a really long time!!! I am so very happy for your Dad and Mom. God is good.

Margaret Almon said...

Just amazing! You have a talent for telling a story, and this is an incredible story.