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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Today and Yesterday in the Yaak....

"The Mrs." Shows me the original homestead in which she came to Yaak still in her 20's now used as a guest cabin... Below is the home they now live in. Youngest daughter is pictured. More than thirty years ago, her children stood on this step.





The Sock Fashion Expert sits out on the porch and plays for us. It was a hot, windy afternoon.







This Wood Cook Stove always inspires me when I come to visit.....


A Cheery Front Room.........



I wish i were this organized!!


OVER THIRTY YEARS AGO, a young couple moved to the untamed land here and settled. Back then land could be bought readily, sometimes for the price of taxes owed. A young woman in her 20's, with two small children came with her husband to this unsettled land. She lived without any modern conveniences and together, they carved out the land. This family grew, and as they did, lived out many adventures together. Yaak was a mecca for outlaws, hippies, and recluse living. This Fiery Baptist couple was the exception, wanting to bring an element of Christianity to Gods Country.......
Still without a well more than thirty years later, "The Mrs" tells me "I'd rather put our children through college with that money". To my knowledge all five of their children have attended Bob Jones University. The youngest is currently enrolled there, though on summer break. This exceptional family have harvested mushrooms and huckleberries to earn money to send their children to college.
He's milled timber. They've hunted and lived off the land. She has home schooled all her children as well. All the while, over the years, they have preserved their way of living simple and content. Though modest, "The Mrs." and her adult children are exceptional artists.
We had the great privilege of having lunch with them on Sunday. It was an enjoyable day and we visited for many hours. I loved hearing stories of their life in the Yaak. Seeing their home was such an incredible treat that I wanted to share the romance with all of you....



9 comments:

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. It sounds as if they live the way my parents did growing up. My grandmother had the same idea about school for her kids, although my mom went to a one room schoolhouse instead of being home schooled. What an inspiring family.
Blessings,
Marcia

cmoursler said...

You seem to be surrounded by incredibly interesting people.
Beautiful pictures too!

Kimberly said...

Just getting caught up with your family- You've had quite a number of adventures!

Me said...

Ahh!!!!!!!!! Not THAT picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing about this incredible family! Love the pictures of their home, very cool!

Eric and Hannah Avery said...

Wow, they sound awesome! Thanks for showing the amazing pictures.

-Hannah

Heather said...

Oh, that is wonderful! It takes character to choose the simple life because of your values.

And I love her pantry, too. :)

from MN said...

I love that wood stove! Someday I would like to have one and learn how to cook in/on it. I would love to see all the labels on those jars- I might learn something new!

toytrkman said...

They are a fun family. One of the first families we met when we moved here. Also one of the few that came to introduce themselves to us.