Wilken’s Work Weekend

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Last year was the first fall without Dad and we noticed that there was lots of things that needed to get done around the Farm.  We picked a weekend where we got do outside projects such as – leaf raking, garden tilling, and putting away outside things.  This year a part of the Wilken clan met to tackle just these things.  We do them in a different way, different from dad.


Dad would spend weeks hand raking the back yard and putting all the leafs in a big refrigerator box. Bryan got some new implements that pull behind the mower and the Rhino and we did it all in about 3 hours. I was using one of dad’s rakes that he had ducked taped together. It broke within 5 minutes of starting.  Oh Dad.

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Dad would hand pull out about 100 fence posts that were around the tomato plants. We used the forks on the bob cat to pop them out of the ground -about 10 minutes.

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Yes, we did things a little different but we all did something that Dad always did- WORKED HARD. We laughed, we enjoyed being a family that comes together to help each other out.

We also had time to go and pick some apples for free a  local Orchard.  A family friend who runs it, also a widow in the last year, invited us out to pick as many apples as we wanted.  We were blessed by her generosity.  It was a reminder that we are not the only ones that are missing a Dad.  However, God is good- He is God- and we are His.


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