One of my favorite books of all time has become one from the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Farmer Boy is the story of Almonzo Wilder, who Laura would eventually marry. I highly recommend it to everyone who is interested in learning about life on a farm. Here is a quote from the very end of the book, when his father is talking to him about considering a job outside of the farm. It brought me and Stephen to tears.
" A farmer depends on himself, and the land and the weather. If you're a farmer, you raise what you eat, you raise what you wear, and you keep warm with wood out of your own timber. You work hard, but you work as you please, and no man can tell you to go or come. You'll be free and independent, son, on a farm."
Amen to that. And thank you Lord, that you have called my family to live on a farm.