A Warm Texas Welcome From Our Family To Yours!
Our mission is to remind families that no matter what your circumstances, These are the days you’ll look back on and say,
“Those sure were the Good Old Days!”
Who We Are & What We’re About
Back in 2010, Papa the Farmer was spending two hours each day commuting to and from Dallas, where he worked as a software engineer. He left home before our children were awake and arrived again in the evening after they had already gone to bed. He realized he was missing his own life so he decided to do something that would keep him closer to home and to his family: He started tilling up our yard and the Good Old Days Farm was born!
Whether you are a blog reader or an “In-real-life” farm customer, we want to offer you loads of encouragement and healthy living resources with some fun farm stories mixed in!
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Want to Meet the Family?
First, let me introduce you to Papa the Farmer. Like I said, this whole farming thing was his idea. He is as Mr. Steady as the day is long so it was a complete shock when he came home and made his big announcement. He is the kind of man who is quiet and thinks before he speaks and this makes him a very good listener. I am always amused when somebody meets him for the first time. The person will talk and talk about themselves and Papa the Farmer will stand there listening and nodding. Later, they will tell me that Papa the Farmer is a great conversationalist! What?!? He didn’t say anything! People like him because he is quiet and he makes others feel important. The other thing you should know about Papa the Farmer is that he is always busy. Always on the go, always doing something, and he usually has one of the children in tow! They want to grow up to be just like him!
Then there’s me. My real name is AlinaJoy Dubois or you can call me “FarmLady.” I’m not really sure how I ended up as a wife and mother living on a small Texas farm, but I love it! I grew up in Canada and so I love these warm, extended summers! (Yes, even when it’s 108 degrees Fahrenheit I enjoy being not-cold!) I love to read and write, sew, knit and visit with friends. Of course, with a young family, what I spend most of my time actually doing is laundry, cleaning, cooking and more laundry! (In fact, it was my whole desire to work less and play more that led me to write Easy Peasy Chores!) I have a degree in teaching so I never expected that one day I would be homeschooling, but here I am! (In fact, when Papa the Farmer first suggested we homeschool the Little Farmhands I said, “What do you mean? You want the children to be truant???” ) I love to learn new things and I am currently taking courses in holistic healthcare, herbs and nutrition. I’m really not a farm girl at heart (which is why this whole idea was such a shock to me), so my biggest contribution to this endeavor usually ends up being taking pictures and chronicling our adventures on our Farm Blog.
The first child in the family is FarmGirl. Between you and I, she is practically perfect. Pretty, pleasant, capable and completely organized. One night I asked her to put a lid in my not-so-organized Tupperware drawer. She opened the drawer, sighed and said, “Tomorrow I’m going to have to plan this all out and clean this mess up!” (Hey! It wasn’t that bad! But that story gives you a good idea of her personality. I mean, only a certain kind of person even considers drawing up a written plan for the Tupperware drawer!) Then there was the time that I took her fridge shopping with me. Depressed about even having to buy a fridge in the first place, I had to laugh when she walked up to a very nice, very expensive stainless steel fridge with French Doors and opened it. It was a freezer-on-bottom model and her shoulders were evenly aligned with the top of the freezer as she peered up into the open fridge. “No,” she said, shaking her head. “This one doesn’t have the features I’m looking for.” (Really?!! What features does a 6 year old need in a fridge, anyway?) Even the very first day she was born she looked like she was just waiting until she could grow big enough to take over! She is definitely my right-hand girl. I can trust her to do all kinds of things that most children her age can’t do!
Next is FarmBoy. Before he was born I just knew I had this parenting-thing all figured out. I didn’t understand parents with children who didn’t behave practically-perfectly like FarmGirl did. Then God sent me FarmBoy. For the first few years of his life I wondered if he would survive his childhood. Now I wonder if I will survive his childhood! He is definitely not going to be a software engineer like his father when he grows up. No sitting in a cubicle for this one! I think he will probably grow up to do something crazy like jumping out of airplanes to fight forest fires. He is always climbing, jumping and doing everything with gusto! He also happens to be the most pleasant person you will ever meet! If you say to him, “Have a Good Day” he’ll tell you, “I’m going to!”
And then there is FarmBaby. Very much the baby of the family, this poor child has 4 parents! As you can imagine, FarmGirl slid into position as #2 Mama before he was even born and has stayed second-in-command ever since! Good thing for everybody that FarmBaby loves all the attention! (The only thing he doesn’t love are those over-the-top-super-exuberant hugs from FarmBoy… they can be a little overwhelming!) FarmBaby would be so offended if he knew that I call him “Baby” on the blog! He is a big boy! (See? He even shaves!) He is sure there is nothing he can’t do! We were collecting wood for a campfire last weekend and the biggest log was dragged home by… you guessed it… FarmBaby! (With a little help from Mama, of course! The log was longer then he is tall!) My favorite story about FarmBaby is that when I pick him up and squeeze him and say, “Who does Mama love?” he points to himself and says, “You!”
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