When the kids and I arrived at the farm the day of the wedding, I got out of the car and the farmer said, “You’re wearing black?”

Wedding day on the farm


My son went to the hen house to collect eggs. The farm cats love eating raw eggs, but on a farm, you only feed the cats scraps. My son saw a chance for an exception. He said to the farmer, “Since it’s your wedding day, can we give the cats an egg to celebrate?”

Feeding farm cats


We dressed the boys.

Dressing on the farm


My son said, “People don’t dress up on farms.”

I said, “They do for weddings.”

And then I tucked his shirt in for the twenty-sixth time.

Dressing for the wedding


The four of us were more than half of the guests at the wedding. My youngest son said: “Where is everyone?”

I said, “The important thing is that I have the three people here who I love the most.”

And he said, “Who?”

Penelope Trunk wedding


When the boys noticed the free-form nature of the ceremony, they spontaneously added their own touch: A lively rendition of the Sh’ma and a tear-jerker rendition of “You are My Sunshine.” Then the boys gave us the rings.

Penelope Trunk getting married


The after-party was kisses, a rope swing, and mattresses left over from moving out the farmer’s stuff to make room for all of us.

Rope swing on the farm

Jumping on a mattress


It took only twenty minutes for the farmer to lose his wedding ring. But it seemed okay: I love this picture because one thing I love about him is that he’s always looking for something.

Looking for a ring


And I think I am that way, too.

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  1. Eileen
    Eileen says:

    Congratulations – the happiness on your faces is contagious. Thnaks so much for sharing your joy.

  2. David Rosen
    David Rosen says:

    Good point about always looking for something. Hopefully, we find things along the way as well. I imagine the day when I have found work and can spend my time looking for something else.

  3. Joselle
    Joselle says:

    I have a huge smile on my face. Your sons are gorgeous and you all look so beautiful and happy. Thank you so much for sharing this. Seeing the Farmer, finally!!!!!!!!!!

    Congratulations again and again.

  4. EllenSka
    EllenSka says:

    Yay! Nice to see you and the fam. I love that the boys sang “You are my sunshine.” I hope you’re all ridiculously happy in the the years to come, and that you keep putting beds in the yard for the kids to jump on.

  5. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    Mazel Tov! I’m glad the farmer lets you post his picture. He’s CUTE! Great looking couple and family. Congratulations. :)

  6. Abbe
    Abbe says:

    I’m all Fahklempt!! (<sp?)
    I just adore you Penelope…..and I couldn't be happier for all of you. The farmer is lovely and the boys are just beautiful. Such a thrill to see them! Be good to each other and enjoy living on the farm! Life is good, huh? :)

  7. Barbara Hunter
    Barbara Hunter says:

    Penelope, one of my close friends also got married on Saturday (for the first time at age 51) and I swear…I am even happier for you than I was for her! Because you have been through heck and come out on the other side~ The photo of your newly created family was absolutely delightful…it was great to see you looking so happy! And the Farmer, too~and of course, your precious boys. I wish you all the very best! Yay! This is you at your most inspirational best~

  8. Deb Pickman
    Deb Pickman says:

    This happiness is contagious – I feel it today after seeing the photos – thank you. You all look beautiful & perfect together.

    Wishing you a world of love! xo

  9. justamouse
    justamouse says:

    *throwsconfetti*

    (Ohh that’s not terribly Green is it? But it’s virtual confetti, so I’m hoping that’s better)

    I wish you done deep contentment, days and nights filled with love and laughter, and years upon years to look back together and remember the happiness of your wedding.

    And may there be a lifetime of toe touches under warm blankets while kids sleep between you.

  10. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Congratulations! You make a lovely family and I really enjoy the way you celebrated – it sounds (and looks) like a lot of fun. And thank you for sharing the photos!

    I wish all of you the best. xxx

  11. Chaely
    Chaely says:

    What a handsome family you have! You all look so joyful and happy in the photos. I wish you & the farmer & the boys lots of love and unity.

  12. Kerry
    Kerry says:

    Congratulations–I’m very happy for you…and welcome to the married-into-cheesehead-dom club (although the native cheeseheads get really annoyed when you call them that)

  13. Socorro Luna
    Socorro Luna says:

    You are THE BEST!
    You tell us about your life and I love reading about what you are thinking and doing. I looked forward to your wedding and sharing the pictures with us makes it special for all of your friends. So what if you want to wear black. You are not a traditional kind of gal. You do whatever you want to do because you are the unique you.

    Thanks for letting us see The Farmer and The Boys. So handsome are all of them. You are the jewel among gems of gentlemen.

    Now go on and have a great life!

  14. Maria
    Maria says:

    It’s so nice to finally put a face to the farmer. your boys are beautiful. thanks for showing them to us!

  15. Mary Budge
    Mary Budge says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with your community of friends. It is funny, but I thought about you on Saturday, paused to hope you were having a beautiful wedding, we have never met, but yet you make a difference in my life – in all our lives!

    I love the picture of the four of you, everyone looks so happy. Thanks again for sharing such a personal moment with us, it means a lot.

  16. Chris
    Chris says:

    I love a happy beginning… I wish you all the best love can bring with the farmer and your beautiful sons. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Toni
    Toni says:

    Congrats! I wish years of love and laughter for the four of you. Thanks for sharing your special day with us.

  18. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I’m not sure the farmer will appreciate your sharing the photos but I sure did. Thanks for letting your readers share in your happiness. I wish you continued happiness, adventure and new learnings.

  19. Stacey Kannenberg
    Stacey Kannenberg says:

    Congratulations Penelope, The Farmer and The Boys!!! Thank you so much for the pictures and sharing your sunshine with us! May you always find the sunshine even during dark, rainy and cloudy days ahead – especially here in Wisconsin.

  20. Cesca
    Cesca says:

    I’m really just so happy reading and seeing this post. Life isn’t a straight shot. The curvy parts can be so good.

    Enjoy them.

  21. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    Thanks so much, everyone, for all these sweet comments. Everyone’s happiness makes me excited. And, honestly, I am so happy with myself for getting myself to a place that is good for me, and the boys, and the farmer. Thank you for sharing my happiness with me.

    Penelope

  22. Tanner
    Tanner says:

    Have only been following your blog and writing for the past couple months and never actually knew that the posts about “the farmer” were non-fiction, lol.

    Anyways, tha

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