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ComeOnSammy
Farmgirl in Training

35 Posts

Samantha
Shelton WA
USA
35 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2016 :  10:09:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

SouthForty
True Blue Farmgirl

206 Posts

Doris
Dallas TX
USA
206 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2016 :  10:35:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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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ComeOnSammy
Farmgirl in Training

35 Posts

Samantha
Shelton WA
USA
35 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2016 :  11:24:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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)
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LadyInRed
True Blue Farmgirl

6161 Posts

PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
6161 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2016 :  12:24:18 AM  Show Profile  Send LadyInRed a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
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

Edited by - LadyInRed on Jan 16 2016 12:28:45 AM
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6296 Posts

Denise
NJ
USA
6296 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2016 :  05:24:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
http://www.torisgram.etsy.com
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ComeOnSammy
Farmgirl in Training

35 Posts

Samantha
Shelton WA
USA
35 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2016 :  08:47:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the welcome!
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

706 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
706 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2016 :  10:22:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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Christy925
True Blue Farmgirl

476 Posts

Christy
Midland Michigan
USA
476 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2016 :  3:54:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wonderful post!


Farmgirl Sister #2315
http://www.etsy.com/shop/WildThymeCreations?ref=pr_shop
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marketwoman45/sets/72157627628326507/
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RachelLeigh
True Blue Farmgirl

564 Posts

Rachel
Port Orchard WA
USA
564 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2016 :  8:33:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome, Samantha! I'm just over in Port Orchard, so we're practically neighbors!


Farmgirl Sister #5159
My blog: http://14thandoak.com
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2328 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2328 Posts

Posted - Jan 16 2016 :  8:35:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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edlund33
True Blue Farmgirl

1317 Posts

Marilyn
Renton WA
USA
1317 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2016 :  9:50:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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KristiW
Moderator/Farmgirl True

639 Posts

Kristine
MaryJanesFarm
USA
639 Posts

Posted - Jan 18 2016 :  11:22:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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

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ClaireSky
True Blue Farmgirl

1760 Posts

Julie
Arcadia WI
USA
1760 Posts

Posted - Jan 19 2016 :  08:06:13 AM  Show Profile  Send ClaireSky an AOL message  Send ClaireSky a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
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
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NY Pumpkin girl
True Blue Farmgirl

104 Posts

Christine
Gouverneur New York
USA
104 Posts

Posted - Jan 19 2016 :  10:27:52 AM  Show Profile  Send NY Pumpkin girl a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
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.
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DandeeRose
True Blue Farmgirl

1491 Posts

Alicia
IN
1491 Posts

Posted - Jan 19 2016 :  3:01:40 PM  Show Profile  Send DandeeRose a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
So sweet Sam! Welcome. :)

Many Blessings- Alicia #5232
https://derbauernhofsite.wordpress.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DandeeRose Farmgirl Accessories and more!
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
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Running waters
True Blue Farmgirl

81 Posts

Kathleen
Custer SD
USA
81 Posts

Posted - Jan 19 2016 :  8:44:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4156 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4156 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2016 :  07:05:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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

Suburban Farmgirl Blogger
http://sfgblog.maryjanesfarm.org/

www.facebook.com/suburbanfarmgirlblogger
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ComeOnSammy
Farmgirl in Training

35 Posts

Samantha
Shelton WA
USA
35 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2016 :  9:49:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!
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ComeOnSammy
Farmgirl in Training

35 Posts

Samantha
Shelton WA
USA
35 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2016 :  9:50:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!
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ComeOnSammy
Farmgirl in Training

35 Posts

Samantha
Shelton WA
USA
35 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2016 :  9:52:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for such a warm welcome ladies!
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Cissik
True Blue Farmgirl

495 Posts

Sylvia
Kent WA
USA
495 Posts

Posted - Jan 24 2016 :  08:59:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
http://vintagehousegoods.blogspot.com
http://etsy.com/shop/Vintagehousegoods
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SouthForty
True Blue Farmgirl

206 Posts

Doris
Dallas TX
USA
206 Posts

Posted - Jan 25 2016 :  9:23:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!
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