As all farmers know, things don’t always happen like they're supposed to. And, you don’t always get to celebrate important days on time.
Our first anniversary was on November 30 – yes, the first one! But since Thanksgiving was late and harvest was prolonged, we didn’t take do anything special, besides saying "Happy anniversary."
We normally don’t do anything for New Year’s Eve. So we – yes, both of us – decided we'd postpone our anniversary celebration until then. And, we decided to go to Gettysburg.
Mike: Sheilah has been to Gettysburg many times, but not me. The way she talks about it always made me want to see it for myself. So we packed our bags and hit the road at first light on New Year’s eve.
Sheilah: Mike was amazed at all of the monuments as we drove into town. We hit up the visitors center first, and got Mike familiar with the battle.
That night, we went to an open house at Christ Lutheran Church, where we watched a Civil war-era magic show. Later that evening, they had a community sing-a-long to songs such as “God Send You A Happy New Year” and “Auld Lang Syne.” It was peaceful and simple.
Mike: After that, we enjoyed the view of the magnificent Christmas tree at the town square. We waited till midnight to watched one of the nicest fireworks displays I ever saw.
Sheilah: On New Years Day, we drove around the battlefield – after a church service – completely in Spanish – thanks to my husband’s wonderful ability to plan ahead. The music had a good beat and everyone was friendly. Other than that, I wasn't so sure what was going on.
Mike: I totally messed that one up. However, it wasn’t completely my fault. The church had the times wrong on their website. But what an experience!
Sheilah: We ended the day calling every restaurant that was open to see if they served pork and sauerkraut. We had to be sure to get our good luck meal in!
Mike: Of course, no trip is complete without one or two drive-through of an equipment dealership. We hit those up along the way home!
I’m glad we decided to postpone our anniversary celebration. Our Gettysburg trip was relaxing and enjoyable – no worries about rushing to get our work done.
Sheilah: I can’t think of a better place to bring in the New Year. As we walked around the battlefield, I couldn’t help but think that the Battle of Gettysburg was a new beginning that changed the lives of many people. And, the New Year of 2014 is a new beginning for all of us. May you all have a wonderful and blessed New Year.