Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch

A couple of weeks ago I got my morning Groupon email and it was for Bennett Farms Pumpkin Patch.

Bennett Farms is in Heflin in East Alabama just a few miles from my Granny's house. I thought it would be a good place to try out since it was much closer to Georgia than some of the other farms we had been to (so Jenny and Jason could come too). I visited their website and just fell in love with place. The owner was inspired by his grandfather and longs to create a loving Christian experience for all his visitors. It just got to my heart. Last Saturday we met up with Mimi, Papa, Emy, Xander, Jenn, Jason, Lillie and Michael. Mom had made the little ones matching spider shirts. They were all too cute. Bennett Farms was much smaller than some of the other places we have been in the past but it was very well done. Lots of cute details and room to grow in the coming years. The staff was super friendly and the owner made an effort to speak to everyone. We told him how we found the patch and why we decided to come. He checked in with us a few times and even gave Xander a little pumpkin. We were able to lay out a quilt as headquarters while we did the petting zoo, hay maze, and hayride. They had a concession stand with corndogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and homemade pork skins and teacakes that they made in a little kitchen where you could watch and get samples. The whole experience was charming. After several hours of enjoying eachother's company we decided to check on Granny's house. It is my parents plan to fix up the property as a little country retreat where kids can be kids and run and run til they can't run anymore. They walked us through the plans for fixing and expanding the house. It is going to be great. I think Granny would be very happy. I look forward to feeling her smiling in heaven as she watches her great grandchildren enjoy the land much like we did. I can't wait to sit on the porch with my cousin Michael and watching our kids and my nieces and nephews enjoying the country! For dinner we drove into Anniston for dinner at one of Adam's favorite pizza places. (He interned at The Anniston Star). We listened to the game and semi saw the fourth quarter at the pizza place. Isn't it crazy to be an Auburn Tiger this season? We drove back to Tuscaloosa and fell into our beds happy but tired after a family and fun filled day. What a blessing a day in the country can be. I am so thankful to be surrounded by God's bounty and love!


taylor said...

I love the matching shirts- your mom must just be in heaven! So many cutie pies!

Anonymous said...

The pictures are precious! Looks like a great day! Wow! Miller's eye's were blue in that picture!
Love, Nana

Mom said...

Carrie, I sent Mr. Bennett a link to your blog so he could see the pictures and read your sweet story and be encouraged that his vision and hard work are bearing fruit...and pumpkins! It was a great day in the midst of all the challenges in our lives right now, and a great encouragement to Dad and I and our plans for Grannyland.
Some day we will be able to say our vision and hard work for "Grannyland' is paying off.