There are certain days, events, moments and memories that we all hold dear. Small glimpses of time that stand still in our hearts and our minds when life as we knew it changed forever. That’s how it is for me when I remember the day my farmgirl romance ( insert pretty,curly,swirly font ) began with MaryJanesFarm. In celebration of THE BEST OF 15 years issue of MJF I’m feeling inspired to celebrate too!
How long have YOU been IN LOVE with MaryJanesFarm? My farmgirl romance began with the 2010 issue of MaryJanesFarm. Our family was in a Barnes and Noble book store waiting for our daughters turn at playing the piano for a fund-raiser she was participating in with her music school. I was perusing the magazine stand when I saw the title MaryJanesFarm. My heart skipped a beat just reading those three words. I was immediately captivated and I hadn’t even opened it up yet. I remember feeling so pleasantly surprised and charmed all at the same time. But then I got to the Sisters on the Fly article and knew I had hit the mother-lode of magazines! This romance was gonna be adventure filled and F.U.N.!
Of course, I had to write to MaryJane ( just as thousands of other readers do ) and tell her how much I LOVED her magazine and how it made me feel.
Dear MaryJane …
I love how MaryJanesFarm is filled with rich content from the real lives of all sorts of people and has very little advertising. I love how the magazine is laid out in sections, sort of like a binder, so that you always know where to go to find that something special. I love the recycled paper feel and touch and how pretty the magazine is with its scrapbook paper backgrounds, quotes, and curlicue font styles here and there. Mostly, I love how inspired I have become since finding MaryJanesFarm and how much of myself I have uncovered since reading it. Plain and simple, I think the magazine will have a huge effect on the healing of our country—with all of us farmgirls scattered about but “together in spirit,” passing out goodwill and good ideas and sharing our creative talents. MaryJanesFarm even brings out the patriot in me! It reminds me of the America I grew up in and pine for all at the same time. One issue at a time, MaryJanesFarm brings us all a little closer to home. The blogs are great too! They offer a wonderful way to keep the farmgirl spirit alive between issues! I try not to read my entire magazine in one sitting, but it is hard!!!
* The idea for a Beach Farmgirl Blogger wasn’t even a sparkle in our eyes yet!
It. made. me. FEEL. HAPPY! How the heck had I missed the first ten years of MJF? It was a mystery to me. I chalked it up to my belief that destiny works its magic when the time is right. And it was right in every sense of the word. I was 47 when I turned my first page of MJF magazine. Little did I know that a whole new world of fun, fellowship and new friendships ( and two new budding careers as a backyard flower farmer and writer for MJF ) was about to open up before me and welcome me in with open arms.
Or that I could have sisters! I’m the oldest of three children. I have two wonderful brothers but the idea of having sisters ( sisters I didn’t have to share clothes or a bathroom with ) who enjoyed the same things I do was exciting!
I learned the meaning of ” farmgirl ” right away! I hosted a Farmgirl Spirit Gathering and started a Farmgirl Chapter ( which never really took off due to all of us moms being so darned busy raising kids ) but we are all still good friends!
I inhaled each and every magazine issue, ( more than once ) and carried them with me everywhere! Like a love-sick teenaged girl, I told everyone I knew ( and people I didn’t) all about MaryJane, her farm, her magazine and her BOOKS and what an inspiration she is! I was on a farmgirl high to say the least. I still feel that familiar flush of excitement when I open my mailbox and see the latest issue inside. My family knows it’s going to be an early to bed night for momma B on that day! Same goes for when MJ publishes a new book. I have them all! Even if I never, ever get a backyard milk cow I have the encouragement and know-how I’ll need in MILK COW KITCHEN should the winds of destiny change and blow up on my doorstep wearing a coat of soft golden hair and big brown eyes.
My mother in law is the little girl in this adorable photo posing with her big sister and a calf.
Some of my best farmgirl moments have been meeting new farmgirl friends IN PERSON! Above, Merrilyn and her daughter Michelle came to visit me in Plymouth one day! We had a lovely time getting to know each other and still keep in touch via email from time to time.
Can you guess who I’m with in this photo? She has the same beaming smile as another farmgirl we all know and love! It’s Megan Rae, MaryJane’s daughter. She visited Cape Cod for a family reunion in June of 2012 and stole away to meet me for tea! It was divine. I miss you Meg!!!
This is a photo of my mother in laws mother, Francis in the field. Love her garden get up!
Finding my Farmgirl roots and being part of this amazing ” farmgirl community” has enriched my life and made my soul ( and my gardens ) blossom beyond belief. I’m still learning new things everyday, and I couldn’t be more in love with MaryJanesFarm!
I know I will keep falling deeper and deeper as long as MaryJane keeps the farmgirl romance flames fanned!
I’ll close this not so little love-fest with a letter to Sister # 1.
I’ve told you this before and I’ll say it again. You ( your talented family and farm crew ) are a blessing on this earth and an inspiration with explosive powers. I know your first job as a farmer ( and milk maid ) are what get you out of bed in the wee hours of the morning but I’ll make you a deal. I’ll keep reading ( and writing ) if you do. I ( we farmgirls ) want you to feel of use, after all!
Until our next shoreline visit~
Much love and BEACH BLESSINGS from sister # 1199
Deb xo The Beach Farmgirl