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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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We had a bird's nest on our front porch this Spring that hatched three lovely little robins and they all successfully flew the coop.  Lately, while outside, we have a "friend" who will hop around beside us as if interested in what we are doing.  He is also a robin-redbreast and we wondered outloud if he was a baby from the nest at our porch.  

He is very curious, very friendly, and will almost get close enough to let you hand feed him.  But not quite.  Today, as soon as i went outside to sit and have a moment to myself, up on the phone line popped this lovely sweet bird.  He chirped at me a couple of times, then chirped louder in case I missed him.  Then when I said, "hello" to him he started singing.  He serenaded me for the whole ten minutes I was there.  It was amazing.  There I am talking to a bird and the bird starts singing to me.  Nature in harmony, I would say.  Or, maybe too many Mother Goose stories, I am not sure.

We call him "Dave".  It was my friend's idea, she thought that name sounded "cool".  I think it is funny because of the abundances of "Dave's" in the family (3 on one side and 1 on the other).  And really, a little robin can be part of our family so he fits right in!  

If you are in my area any time soon, please stop by for a visit!  If Dave deems you worthy, you might even get a song!

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