First of all, I would like to give a big thank you to my editor and book designer, Mary Jo Zazueta ( She has guided me patiently through my first experience of writing a children’s book. It has been a blessing working with her.

A big thank you to Duff Lueder (Wooden Canvas Artworks “Spirit Painter”—Facebook) for the beautiful illustrations and for stepping into a different direction of his craftsmanship.

My husband, Dan, and I experienced growing up on small farms, same as our parents. We shared the values of farming to our children, Austin and Krystal, by participating in our county Michigan State University Extension 4-H program ( at a young age. This was a great introduction to farming, raising and selling a variety of farm animals, building relationships, attending workshops, being responsible, and being involved in the community.

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My goal is to share information so children can understand the many opportunities available to be creative—and that hard work does put food on our tables.

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