We are celebrating my dad's 90th birthday tonight in my hometown, Earling, IA. His birthday was Wednesday, so he celebrated with the family that lives near that night, but we are having the official PaRtY tonight. Four of my five siblings will be there, as well as many nieces and nephews. For some it's too far to travel for a weekend.
|My First Communion|
|Easter, complete with fancy hats|
As I grew older, I started helping around the farm with bigger buckets, learning responsibility along the way. I didn't realize at the time that that was what was happening, but I do now. Dad always says that I liked helping outside more than being inside, learning to drive the tractor (which I loved!) to help with the field work. One of my best memories is of going down to the hog house late at night to check the sows to see if they were farrowing. Dad could tell if one of them was close to delivering, so liked to check them to make sure everything was going ok. It was warm and peaceful at night and sometimes we would witness the miracle of birth.
|Dad with my daughter, Wendy|
|Mom and Dad's 60th Anniversary Party in 2010|
I am so lucky to be able to celebrate his 90th birthday with him. Happy Birthday, Dad...see ya later!