At the end of my parents driveway in rural Buxton, ND sits a beautiful brick house with two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I’ve known Arlen and Joanne my entire life but even before that, my family and their family were intertwined. Both of them can sit and tell me story upon story of working with my great grandparents on the same farm I grew up on. Infact, on a recent visit to their house, Arlen went out to one of his sheds and came back with a little metal stool that once used to belong to my great grandma, Annie. They both remember her sitting on that stool in the kitchen while peeling potatoes. That stool now sits next to my desk in my office.
For the past several years now I have kept saying that I needed to go take their photos. Arlen and Joanne have been constants in my life and have always done anything they could do help and love my family. I wanted photos for their kids and grandkids to cherish for years to come. This past October we made it happen! It was a pretty nice day to wander around their yard and when we were all done, we all agreed it would be fun to keep the shoot and the photos a secret until Christmas time. I just wish I could have been a fly on the wall as their kids and grandkids all opened their photo collages on Christmas!
JennaI love this so much 🙂 They are the best. Thank you so much for doing this, we definitely will cherish them forever.
LaurenI teared up! This is such an amazing gift. We are so lucky to have since incredible human beings for grandparents! And now photos to cherish forever. ♥️♥️♥️
Arlen and JoanneMissy thank you so much for all the kind words. When I think of you and your family I think of all the years we have known your family. Your Grandma Annie was one of the most kind hearted people I have ever known. My Dad and your great grandpa Alfred were good friends and worked together a lot back in the 30s. I have so many memories of helping Joe and He helping me…it was different times then but all good memories!
Denae PaulsrudYou captured everything! The history, the love, the glint in the eyes just like when we found them kissing in the entry way when we were little which sent us running the other way yelling “YUUUUUCK!”
These people and that farm mean the world to all of us. Thanks for the wonderful pictorial tribute. Tears indeed were welling, and thanks above for them.
Ronald & Connie HallerMissy, you have captured the essence of forever love! Joann and Arlen are the best people to have received the first honor of favorite farmer. What a cherished gift for their family!
Ashley JohnsonThis was the best gift I have ever received!!!! You captured everything I love most about these two. What a wonderful surprise!!!! Love you grandma and grandpa!!!!