Late nights, while I have been refurbishing the Shack at Northcroft, I have been working on the following video for my sweet mother. It's main home will be on her blog but I wanted to feature it here too so I would have the historical record on Family Chatterbox. It has been a special journey for me to work with Mom in putting this video together.
My childhood memories of the Patton Farm are so vivid and important. This film helped me to understand why. The house, walking the hills, the fields of grain, the kitchen garden, processing vegetables under the shade trees in the front yard, Easter Egg hunts, Sunday dinners, the honey bees and apple trees, sitting in the window in the back bedroom, pumping the well handle, the milk barn, the working dogs, neighbors helping to fill the silos and breaking for a home cooked meal on the back porch, Christmas, Grandmother and Grandad, candy canes, family gatherings, hay rides and cooks outs we had when the Oakley's owned the farm...all treasures of my youth. Thanks be to God for the gift.
Enjoy the journey.
Corrections: 1.) Herman Neal Patton owned the farm until his death in 1977.2.) Geraldine (daughter of Herman and Lela) and Johnny Oakley owned the for 27 years until it was sold in 2004.
3.) Robert William Patton, oldest of my father's siblings, ( frame 22, middle child, front row) died, September 2010 at the age of 93. The girls, Geraldine and Phyllis, (from the children that lived upstairs) are still in life.
*I am so grateful to John Paule for letting us make and photograpy this oh so personal journey. We have all enjoyed going back, remembering and seeing how the house we remember so well, is now being loved and cared for. The house in Patton Hollow grows more lovely everyday and I pray it will continue it's rich history of gracious living.