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June 16, 2011

The Farmer Fathers In My Life

Our family's farm legacy began in the 1800's when Dominic's Great Grandfather Domenico Grossi immigrated to the United States from Switzerland.  He eventually got married to Teresa and settled at what we call the 'Home Ranch' that sits just down the road from where we are now.

Domenico and Teresa had 10 children, one of whom is Dominic's Grandfather, George.  George married Mary and they ended up settling on their own ranch, just adjacent to the 'home ranch' and where we call home today. 

Grandpa George and Grandma Mary had three children, two girls and a son. 

George Jr, Grandpa George's son and my father-in-law,  married Annette in the late 60's and they had three children; two girls and a son.  George Jr., still works hard every day on our dairy farm.  He loves this land and this way of life.

And as most of you know, Dominic and our family live here on the farm and Dominic follows in his father's footsteps and works hard every day on our dairy farm as well.
This is a tribute to the Farmer Fathers in my life.....

 I’m Just a Farmer, Plain and Simple

By Bobby Collier

I’m just a farmer,

Plain and simple.

Not of a royal birth

But rather, a worker of the earth.

I know not of riches

But rather, of patches on my britches

I know of draught and rain,

Of pleasure and pain.

I know of the good and the bad,

The happy and the sad.

I am a man of emotions.

A man who loves this land,

And the beauty of its sand.

I know of a spring’s fresh flow

And autumn’s golden glow,

Of a newborn calf’s hesitation,

And the eagle’s destination.

I know of tall pines,

And long, waiting lines.

Of the warmth of campfires,

And the agony of flat tires.

But I am a man who loves his job

And the life I live.

I am a man who works with God,

I cannot succeed without his help,

For you see,

I’m just a farmer

Plain and simple.

Linking to:
Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop 
Memory Lane Friday 
Pinke Post~Father's Day Blog Hop

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