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ComeOnSammy Posted - Jan 15 2016 : 10:09:52 PM
Hello ladies! I wanted to introduce myself and share why I was drawn to this community.
My name is Sam (or Samantha), and I live in the beautiful Pacific NW with my husband, our two girls, and a menagerie of animals. My sister let me borrow the farmgirl book, thinking I would get some use out of it since we are working towards homesteading and a level of self sufficiency. What I got from the book, however, was not at all what I was expecting. What struck me was the feeling of community and comradery between the women. Like the two ladies who redecorated their friends bedroom while she was away. That touched my heart and reminded me of my own two sweet close friends. There were also a couple quotes that I felt compelled to share (via social media.)
"Any woman who sews or knits, or weaves, blends colors in a tapestry or creates a patchwork quilt, knows by the feel that a single thread is weak but the weaving, the blending, the intertwining with many others makes it strong. Any woman alone without friends to sustain her, to nurture and support, to hold with loving arms, like a single thread is weak. But the weaving, the loving, the nurturing of others, the networks of friendship makes her strong."
-Barbara, The Kinship of Women

And

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."
-Jane Howard

Also, there's a running joke that when the women of my generation become grandmothers, we won't know how to knit or embroider. We'll only be good at taking selfies and *shudder* twerking. I refuse to let that be my fate. I want to be a part of something real and I want to make something REAL. Even if that something is embroidered dish clothes my kids think back on and smile.

So... There's my life story. I plan on becoming a REAL farm girl as soon as I am able.
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SouthForty Posted - Jan 25 2016 : 9:23:19 PM
Thanks for all of the kind words! Everyone has been so welcoming here. Sometimes life feels like a great big circus, and I'm the clown trying to spin "all my plates" while twirling a hula hoop with one leg and balancing an elephant on my nose. . . but truly, life is wonderful and the busier I am, the more I cherish slowing down and connecting to other farmgirls.

You can put your boots in the oven but that don't make 'em biscuits!
Cissik Posted - Jan 24 2016 : 08:59:57 AM
Samantha: Please give serious consideration to our invite to join the Back Door Farm Girls at our Jubilee celebration, first Saturday of May. Rachel, Marilyn, both are welcome. We had a ball last year and we will again this year.


Sylvia
Kent, WA
Farm Girl #5389
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ComeOnSammy Posted - Jan 22 2016 : 9:52:52 PM
Thanks for such a warm welcome ladies!
ComeOnSammy Posted - Jan 22 2016 : 9:50:42 PM
quote:
Originally posted by NY Pumpkin girl

Welcome Sam. I haven't been communicating much since the holidays, because my son and his wife had their baby boy and he ended up coming by c-section. Therefore, Grandma has been very busy helping out. You will love this community of women...Farmgirl sister, Christine

NY Pumpkin girl Farmgirl sister 6634.



Hope all is well with the baby and mama!
ComeOnSammy Posted - Jan 22 2016 : 9:49:39 PM
quote:
Originally posted by RachelLeigh

Welcome, Samantha! I'm just over in Port Orchard, so we're practically neighbors!


Farmgirl Sister #5159
My blog: http://14thandoak.com




You're basically right down the road! Ha ha. I like Port Orchard. The whole two times I was there anyway. We should get together with our neighbor Marilyn in Renton!
texdane Posted - Jan 22 2016 : 07:05:31 AM
Welcome! Love your intro. You will love it here. I too, felt like I found "home" when I discovered MJF. Looking forward to seeing you around the forum!

Farmgirl Hugs,
Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
KNITTER, JAM-MAKER AND MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE
Chapter Leader, Connecticut Simpler Life Sisters
Farmgirl of the Month, January 2013

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Running waters Posted - Jan 19 2016 : 8:44:59 PM
Lady in Red, You have said everything I feel. This sisterhood is definitely the place to be to learn,
chatter, and love one another. I am so happy I found you all. You all are here when I need you. Most of all
You all are patient with showing us the way around everything.
DandeeRose Posted - Jan 19 2016 : 3:01:40 PM
So sweet Sam! Welcome. :)

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
NY Pumpkin girl Posted - Jan 19 2016 : 10:27:52 AM
Welcome Sam. I haven't been communicating much since the holidays, because my son and his wife had their baby boy and he ended up coming by c-section. Therefore, Grandma has been very busy helping out. You will love this community of women...Farmgirl sister, Christine

NY Pumpkin girl Farmgirl sister 6634.
ClaireSky Posted - Jan 19 2016 : 08:06:13 AM
A Big Welcome to the both of you ladies, from Wisconsin. It certainly is like one big family here!

Julie
Farmgirl #399
May 2010 Farmgirl of the Month

Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog ... Charles F. Doran
KristiW Posted - Jan 18 2016 : 11:22:55 AM
Welcome Sam! I think you landed in exactly the right place among other women who share your sentiments. Whatever you call it, you need one!

Kristi
Farmgirl Sister #6

edlund33 Posted - Jan 17 2016 : 9:50:56 PM
Welcome to the farm Samantha! You will have plenty of fun on here making new friends and learning new skills. I live in Renton so we are fellow Washingtonians!

Cheers! ~ Marilyn

Farm Girl No. 1100

http://blueskyanddaisies.blogspot.com

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bonnie Ellis Posted - Jan 16 2016 : 8:35:02 PM
Welcome to you both from frigid Minnesota. I am a long-time member of MJF. I love to hear from everyone. You have joined a family.

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
RachelLeigh Posted - Jan 16 2016 : 8:33:53 PM
Welcome, Samantha! I'm just over in Port Orchard, so we're practically neighbors!


Farmgirl Sister #5159
My blog: http://14thandoak.com
Christy925 Posted - Jan 16 2016 : 3:54:07 PM
Wonderful post!


Farmgirl Sister #2315
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ceridwen Posted - Jan 16 2016 : 10:22:12 AM
Welcome Sam! Great place to hang out! Lots of talented farmgals on this forum! Grab a cuppa and enjoy the wonderful company! Cheers!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
http://www.fibrejunction.com
ComeOnSammy Posted - Jan 16 2016 : 08:47:40 AM
Thanks for the welcome!
levisgrammy Posted - Jan 16 2016 : 05:24:55 AM
Welcome Samantha and DL to the farm here. Love reading your posts.
The quotes you posted are very encouraging. Women really do much better with a close strong network of like-minded women, which is what you will find here. I have been here for 9 years and I have loved every minute and every friendship. Farmgirls are so different from any other friendships I have had. The spirit of caring and encouragement is so strong here. It is a farmgirl heart as Peggy said.
We all seem drawn to our mother's, grandmother's and even great grandmother's way of life.

DL, I love the description of the women in your life. I think many of us long for that simple way and attitude they had towards life.

PS I have another friend who goes by DL and she lives in Texas too.

~Denise~
Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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LadyInRed Posted - Jan 16 2016 : 12:24:18 AM
Samantha and DL...I see you are both Newbies on MJF...SO, WELCOME, WELCOME,WELCOME!!!!

It did my heart good to read what you both had to say. And you two can also be like your
Grandma's and Aunts were/are. More than anything being a Farmgirl is an Attitude of the Heart!
I have to say that I am a Farmgirl Wanna-be myself. I live in an Apartment in the Burbs but,
I do container gardening, grow flowers on my Porch in pots, I knit, crochet, do Photography,
Write Poetry, I teach Bible Study to a group of 18 women in one gals House...and I have been
on MJF now for about 5 years. I Love It!!! It is a Great Sisterhood of like minded women. We
all just want to go back to simpler days and have that great female connection like our
Mothers, Grandmothers and Aunts had. That is really what Life is all about...sitting on The Porch,
Sipping Some Lemonade and visiting with anyone who drops by or walks by and enjoying God's
Beautiful Creation. I hang out mostly on The Virtual Porch...so, go to A Farm Of My Own on MJF
and we are the long list of conversations at the top. Go to The Last Page and jump on and join
in some friendly chattering with the Other Porchies there. Kick off Your boots and stay awhile...
and tell us a little about yourselves.
You'll love it there~it's a safe place to share!

Hugs and Smiles,
PeggyAnn

Farmgirl #1326
Dec 2011-Farmgirl of the Month
http://ladyinredsite.blogspot.com

Don't allow others to steal the Glitz from your *SPARKLE*

Life is too short to knit with ugly yarn!

Leave Your Cares Behind...Join Us On The Porch
ComeOnSammy Posted - Jan 15 2016 : 11:24:55 PM
Aw that was sweet. I could completely picture what you were describing. Thank you for sharing that with me.
It kind of reminds me of my husband's aunts. He has 6 on his father's side and they all MAKE and CREATE and DO. One crochets. One weaves with a loom. One quilts. One makes birdhouses with driftwood. I mean, they are phenomenal, inspiring, creative women. That's what I aspire to. "My Aunt Sam is so awesome! She made me a rag doll when I was 4." (True story ha ha)
SouthForty Posted - Jan 15 2016 : 10:35:03 PM
That was very sweet. . . sharing your who and why. Honestly, this place feels like home for me. All of our undertakings here at MJFG's remind me of sitting at Grandmother's (for that matter, my GREAT Grandmother's) knee. One Grandmother had five sisters, so you can imagine all of the Great Aunts sharing and caring and just doing what they did. It all made a deep impression on me. I think I have always been 80 yrs old in my soul. I can remember the way they sewed, cooked, cleaned, grew their own tomatoes, sang while hanging laundry and always, always seemed to have the world by the tail. They were comfortable in their skins and they were confident independent women. I'm sure through the eyes of a child, it seemed more perfect than it actually was. But regardless, this is the way I would like to be remembered by my grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. Thanks for sharing and good luck on your many adventures!!

You can put your boots in the oven but that don't make 'em biscuits!

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