An Unforgettable Anniversary

Besides the fact that for our anniversary, Tom and I drive to our local card store, peruse the rack together, pick out a card, show it to each other, kiss, then put them back, we’re pretty typical. We have a nice dinner out, or spend the night in a hotel. For our 25th, we took a cruise to Alaska.

However, the anniversary present we bought for each other this time, trumps any I’ve heard of. We bought a tractor. It’s orange. And for those of you who understand tractors, you’ll know what kind we bought. The salesman asked if we wanted to “take it for a spin.”

“No!” We shouted in unison. The reason is we don’t know how to drive one. Nor do we know how to farm. But we’re gonna try.

We inherited about 65 acres of land in a remote county in North Carolina. It’s hilly, and quiet, and covered with red clay that is almost impossible to get out of clothes.

But we can’t stop smiling.

After 30 years, most are winding down. Sealing up their 401K. We’ve had our own business for our married life, so there is no 401K, no health insurance, no retirement.

We’re moving from fishing to farming. Both businesses depend on weather and the economy and are back-breaking. But we feel “called.”

Called to a business that makes money in order to share with others. I call it our IIH stock. Investing in heaven. We don’t want to retire, we want to keep going until we drop in the field.

We’ve instructed our kids to till us into the land.

Because we know that this earth will pass away. James, the brother of Jesus says we’re just a mist that appears for a while and then vanishes.

I’m okay with that.

So for the next 30 years, we’ll be in a remote place of North Carolina, investing our lives in IIH stock while living on earth.

I h0pe they have card shops in the country.

One Comment on "An Unforgettable Anniversary"

  1. Suzie Eller says:

    Love this story, and the others!

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