Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday Thankful: 15 Minutes of Fame

Last summer, we got an email from someone we had never heard of before.  

While that does happen from time to time…this email was from a photographer…to set up a photo shoot for a magazine!!

At first we really didn’t believe it.  I mean, a story about us?
But, it was indeed fact.  
The editor of Living the Country Life magazine said so. 
 I checked.

After a couple of rain delays, Tony and Mona from Giammarino and Dworkin   came out and photographed the farm (and us).  Mostly, they ended up watching us harvest broccoli and cabbage…the weather had conspired to make a big harvest on the very day they visited. They toured the hen house and the hoophouses and visited the sheep...and took pictures...lots of pictures.

Here are a few shots.

After the shoot, we bid farewell to our new-found friends and sent them on their way (with some broccoli, of course).

Later, I did a phone interview with Anna McConnell of the magazine.  She made it easy and comfortable to talk to someone I didn’t know (and couldn’t see…I have serious issues with phonecalls) about this life that we are so privileged to live. (and the groundhog incident didn’t interfere with the interview) The ongoing correspondence I had with Anna allowed me to see a little of just how much work goes into an article.

Then, they posted a spread on their website and even had a slide show that featured a couple of my quotes from the interview.  That was cool. You can check that out here. Read the article in LIVING THE COUNTRY LIFE.

We had no idea when (or if) the print article would run, so imagine my surprise when Waylon’s big handsome ram face made an appearance on Facebook as a magazine cover!  (I wonder if he’ll make new demands since he’s a “cover dude”…?) The nice folks at the magazine sent a stack of copies for us to share with families and friends.  It was exciting to see how it all came together in print. I admit it is very cool to see yourself looking out from the pages of a magazine.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put the article together. 

A special THANK YOU to Editor Betsy Freese for choosing to do a story about our farm.

Thank you to Living the Country Life for giving us our “fifteen minutes of fame”.

We truly hope that this experience will grant us the opportunity to encourage other folks to take a leap of faith and see potential in the smallest of things. I’d like to think we could be an inspiration to someone out there to see the blessings and possibilities of life in rural America.

photos by Tony Giamarrino Photography

...and Thank You for sharing this moment with us.


  1. I have to tell you, I've been going back and reading all of the older posts you've made (as I just recently found your blog) and I love it and y'all! I was super excited to read this one, too, as I love reading about your farm and hopefully this will bring more people to experience farm life through your blog. God bless!

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I hope you'll come back and "visit" often. Have a great day!

  2. What a lovely thing to happen Barbara - and all so unexpected. You will remember it for the rest of your lives.

    1. You're absolutely right, Pat. You just never know what is going to happen. This was a most interesting experience.

  3. Wowzer, Barbara! What a beautiful article and video. It makes me wonder again how you can pound out such beautiful prose and be a farmer at the same time. Not to mention being a wife, mom, friend, etc. In your, ahem, Spare Time, you really gotta write a book.
    Thanks for your prayers re: my Very Bad Cold. Getting better, but each time I use my voice more than 15 minutes, I lose my voice. I'm thinking Husband doesn't think that's such a bad thing! LOL!
    I didn't realize your daughters were married. How old are they now? Our Dawn is 36 with a wonderful husband and three kids aged 5, 3, and 8 months. Oh, they are they joy of my life!
    Here's to your 15 minutes of fame! :)

    1. Thank you, Maureen! That book idea...hahahaha...maybe someday.
      I'm glad you're getting better. I think everyone will feel better once Spring finally gets here. The bugs that are going around this winter are just awful!
      Yes, we are empty-nesters. Our girls are 23 and 25. Life was a complete whirlwind there for a while. In a space of two years, they both met "the one" and got married. And, during that same time one of them was nearly killed when hit head-on by an adolescent under the influence. Can't tell you what a test of faith those two years were!
      Life has been considerably calmer in the past couple of years. ...with lots of time to write. Well, more time...make that some time.
      Have a great day!

  4. Barbara , Tony and I enjoyed meeting you and Tom ...and your extended 4 legged family! Have a great growing season!

    1. It was great to meet you and Tony, too. Best to y'all!