Our very first visitors to the farm EVER were my childhood friend Michelle and her family. They actually met us there while we were farm-shopping and because we thought there was a good chance we were going to buy this particular farm, we took them to see it!
The next person to see the farm was my Mom! They came to see us in Central TN, and she and I took the girls and took a day trip over to the farm so I could show it to her.
Next up was my brother and his family. On the tail end of their Christmas visit, we took a two-day jaunt over to the farm to show it to them. Oh what fun the kiddos had all playing outside together. Looking forward to MANY more wonderful farm trips.
Next up was my cousin's wife, Briana -- one of our BOI couples and a dear friend. We really hope we can talk her and her husband into living out there on the farm with us someday. They totally share our vision!
While I wasn't there for her visit, my sister-in-law Katie took a trip out with my mother-in-law on their way to North Carolina.
My Dad visits the farm on our last trip there before final move in!
Our niece and nephew: Grace and Nate joined us for a week on the farm. Their parents came and picked them up and spent a night as well. They were our first "real" visitors now that we actually live here!
On their way to their home in New Jersey, my beautiful friend Claire, whom I met in the Azores, stopped by for a few hours to have lunch and see our farm. She is such a sweet and wonderful woman and she will definitely be a life-long friend. (Her family is pretty great too which includes her husband Frank and kiddos!)
My brother and his two girls drive up and spend four days hanging out with us. The kids have a blast with their cousins!
One of my Wifia friends from Eglin AFB, Sarah, came to visit with her two daughters: Morgan (pink dress) and Della (far right.) I haven't seen her since 2010. How wonderful it is to get back to the USA and to get to see all these great people.
Veronica, who lived with us in Turkey and helped me when I had to storknest in Germany awaiting Abigail's birth, came out to visit us. It was so wonderful to see how she still just "fits' so well with our family. It had been three years, but it didn't feel like that at all. She will always be a special part of our family!
My cousin Ryan, and his wife Briana, come to visit us on the farm. They definitely didn't really vacation ... we put them to week the whole week but completed a guinea hen home and a guest room while they are here.
Our friends from Eglin AFB, Eric and Andrea, pop in for a morning while in town for a family reunion. So wonderful to connect with friends who were like family to us.
The Connors family came to stay with us for four days on their way from moving from Arizona to North Carolina. We are hopeful that the 4 hour distance means we will get to see a lot of them!
So excited to get my Dad and Mom at the farm ... together ... for a visit! They have both visited on their own but this time they were both there at the same time.
Uncle Matt and Aunt Danielle join us for the first farm conference and, as always, some good laughs!
My cousin Josh and his family came in to visit during their fall break. They have two boys and two girls as well so there were EIGHT children here to keep us all on our toes!
My sister-in-law AD and her two girls (and baby boy on the way) came to the farm. Their last visit before they add a little boy to their family in December.
JB's brother Ray and his family came in for a visit during their kids Fall Break. Here is a picture of everyone (minus JB who was at work) on a starting-to-be-cool-out Fall day. We were eating lunch at Yoder's!
Our friend from Turkey, Mr. Shane, drops in for a wonderful week-long visit. He was a big favorite with the kiddos!
Longtime friends Jessie (Left) and Grace (right) and their mom, Deanna (not pictured) dropped in for a day visit. So good to reconnect with old friends!
My friend Becky and her beautiful family spent another wonderful long weekend at the farm. So fun!
JB's brother Ray and his family (including wife and kids, Grace and Nate, pictured above) come for the Thanksgiving holiday at the farm.
We close out the year with all 8 of the cousins joining us for Christmas (with their Dad and Mom's too of course.)
Our good friends (and most regular visitors!) the Connors family are here on the weekend we have to say good bye to our Scrubs. This is a picture of their boys: Joshua and Jonah.
My dear friend Angelica and her three sweetie pies join us for a week on the farm. From left: Sidge (7), Noah (8), Isaac (7), Rowan (6), and Abigail (4). Hannah (2) and Reese (4) aren't in the picture. And that's Angelica and I in the picture above.
Our friend Erin and her two kiddos spend a few days with us. That's Zach (2) and Zoey (4) front and center! And that's Zoey at ballet with my girls.
My childhood friend, Michelle and her husband Hershal make their second trip to the farm (If you scroll up, they are the very first picture on this page as well and you can really see how the kids have grown). (The first one was when we were still debating whether to buy it.) We spend a day at Dollywood as well. From left Abigail (4), Annabelle (6), Isaac (8), Hannah (2), Sidge (7), Edward (9), Benjamin (2)
Grama Joni comes in for a nice visit and gets to attend the boys first piano recital as well!
One of my dearest Turkey peeps -- "Stebbins" comes to visit me on the farm with her hubby and two adorable boys. Such a great friend!
My cousin Eddie, who lives about 2 hours from the farm, comes in for a night with his wife Hannah and their five beautiful children. Yes, nine children total! Call us crazy!
I didn't take many pictures AT ALL. Aunt Betsy (Mom K's sister) came in for a week visit. So did Ray, Gabbi and the kiddos. Here is a picture of Hannah hugging Nate. He isn't too sure how he feels about that.
The last time we saw Eddie Bullinger, was at our wedding when he was an usher in 1998! He now has a wife and three kiddos and stopped through for a few hours on their way back home from a camping trip in the smokies. Way fun!
My friend from the Azores, Claire, came with her three kiddos. Here is her oldest: Jacob who was a MAJOR help with our chicken processing days!
My parents! Makes me so happy!
They could only come for a day visit but our friends from the Azores, the Steele family came in for lunch and a tour of the farm. I didn't get a pic of them while here, but I snagged this from Facebook (minus one girl -- the picture taker!) Such a GREAT family!
Aunt Betsy comes in for three weeks while returning to her winter home in Florida. I am TRYING to find a picture. How can she be here for three weeks, an I don't get a picture. NOT GOOD!
Our great buddies drive by after their camping trip for a few days. We LOVE the Pleasant family. (This is their middle child -- Annabelle -- with Abigail.)
I didn't take any pics of the Kramer family when they stopped in for the day, so I snagged this off of Facebook. Matthew overlapped with JB just briefly during residency at Eglin, and they share a mutual love of permaculture and organic practice with us. They also are about to move pretty close by in North Carolina. We hope we will be seeing a lot more of them.
Thanksgiving is spent with the Connors family. So blessed they live so close. They are such a joy to our family (and SO helpful too!) John and John get a deer while they are here!
My cousin's wife, Briana, came to visit. Since I already have so many pics of her (and we forgot to take any) she told me to post one of the six little pigs that were born while she was there.
Grama Joni comes in to visit. During this time Isaac ended up in the hospital so we sure were glad to have her here!
The Huisman Clan altogether: 7 cousins from left: Sidge (almost 7), Hannah (3), Charleigh (7), Riddick (1), Baylee (almost 6), Abigail (5), and Isaac (8) (My parents came for a few days too!)
Our friend Shane makes a quick weekend visit to the farm.
Joni AND Roy came to visit us at the farm! We loved showing Roy the ropes.
My old friend from Eglin, Joia, visits on the farm. I am so impressed with how amazing this girl has always been and how much more amazing she gets every time I see her.
The Olson family (including Aksel and Mia) came out to visit us. They were great friends of our's from Turkey and now live in Minnesota.
Joni comes in-town town with Isaac's birthmom, Bri
... and her sister, Rita!
Shane and Linda make a visit and Linda's friend Lashea stops in for the afternoon while visiting her family in a nearby town.
Philip, Kristin, and their awesome kiddos join us for a quick night as they move from Niceville, Florida, to Washington D.C. area. Love the height difference here!
The nurse that delivered Sidge comes to visit with her husband Pete. We truly think we've gotten them to fall in love with us and they'll be back a lot :)
My only sibling, Keith, comes into town with his wife and three awesome kids.
Aunt Gabbi and her two kids: Grace and Nate come in for a visit.
My friend Claire stops in for a quick visit on her way to another family member's house. I don't get a photo, but it is always so fun to catch up with Claire.
My Kotynski cousin: Eddie who lives just 90 minutes away with his wife Hannah, spends nearly a week with us while their house is being renovated. Nine children among us and we had a BLAST. Here's hoping for many more fun times with our families together.
My mom comes in for almost a week. Oh how I love her!
The Connors have moved to the D.C. area -- still close enough for visits. John helps us make shelving for one of our garage closets!! Their little boys: Joshua and Jonah are such sweet guys. So fun to have them (and to eat Becky's pot roast).
I love Veronica. She will always occupy an incredibly special place in my heart. She has moved only a few hours away, so I really hope she will come regularly. She isn't company -- just family. Truly I let this girl be totally on her own and don't try to entertain her one iota. And oh the kids LOVE her.