Fifteen Years on the Farm

My Generation

We're celebrating an anniversary this week, though the actual celebration may have to wait for a rainy day.

Published on: June 13, 2013

Fifteen years ago today, the corn was planted. And so were the beans, but only barely. Fifteen years ago today, my husband and I married in a country church in southern Illinois.

It was glorious, except for the planting season. John had finished beans on the Tuesday before, then drove to my parents' farm in Albion for our wedding a couple days later. Today, fifteen years later, we've finished planting everything - the first time - and are patching in some replant. But we won't talk about that.

Fifteen years ago, we married and it was wonderful. I bought my dress at The Farmer Store, we ate John Deere cake, and we celebrated the night away in my dad's machine shed. Then we came home and launched into farm life together. I knew I was, for sure, a farm wife when a few weeks later, John was talking in his sleep, mumbling, "Can you handle the sprayer?" And instead of simply realizing that he was a titch overwhelmed and talking in his sleep, my first thought was panic: "What?! No, I can't handle the sprayer!"

Favorite photo ever. But also: were we 12 when we got married?
Favorite photo ever. But also: were we 12 when we got married?

And now, 15 years later, I wouldn't change a thing. Life is good. I am the woman I am because I come home to this man every night. And that's a good feeling.

Happy Anniversary, John Spangler. Shmily.

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  7. Troy says:

    Happy anniversary Spang and Holly. Who is the good looking couple behind the bride and groom in the picture?

    • Holly Spangler says:

      They are a good looking couple! It was a pretty eventful night for them, too. ;)

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  8. Clark Williams says:

    Happy Anniversary to you, Holly and John! You are truly an inspiration to all of us who read your blogs and articles. Thank you for speaking out for agriculture and God-given truths.

    • Holly Spangler says:

      Thank you, Clark!

  9. Glenna Wright says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both! We have farmed for 40 years and I can't think of anything I'd rather do. We enjoy reading about your farm life and raising little farmers. Thanks for being a great voice for agriculture, letting people know it's a way of life not just a job.

    • Holly Spangler says:

      Thank you, Glenna! I appreciate it and you're right; definitely more than just a job. But a pretty sweet job, at that.