About Us

I thought it might be nice to tell y’all how we got started. Here is a quick overview of the last THIRTEEN YEARS. Buttercup Farm has been a process, but we started out simply…Boy meets Girl.

This is GIRL .


This is BOY .

Boy and Girl grow up.


Girl sees boy walk into the bar, turns to her friend and says “That boy is HOT, I am going to marry him”. Boy walks up to her, ditches his friends for the night and they play ping pong. Boy admits later that he purposely hit the ball of the table just to see girl’s butt. They fall in love and eighteen months later–boy MARRIES girl.


Twirls her.


And carries her home to their cute (cheap) little rental where they plan to live a FEW YEARS to save money.


4 MONTHS LATER , boy comes home and declares he has found their Dream Home . This is what the listing sheet should have said:

Heat on the first floor only. Grates cut in the floors upstairs because “heat rises”. No ductwork going to the second floor (which means, NO Air Conditioning). Main load bearing floor joist cut to insert a fireplace in the living room. Whole house sinking toward the middle (think there was a crooked man, who lived in a crooked house). No dishwasher in the kitchen. One working bathroom in the whole house upstairs. Every wall in the home covered in early American wallpaper. Under the wallpaper, crumbling horse hair plaster walls. Ceiling has cracks the size of the Grand Canyon. All trim painted Avocado green or Mustard yellow…because that is so pretty. Electrical…bad, Plumbing…bad. Home with potential. Land…beautiful.

Boy and Girl, scrape together everything they can, make a low, low, low offer which is accepted and THEY BUY IT.

Girl and Boy work in corporate a few years, then start a few businesses.


They have a baby girl.


Girl cuts her hair like a boy in the ninth month of pregnancy–against many good friends urging her not to. Girl did it anyway.


Then they have another girl.


And then there were four.

Together, they spent 13 years fixing up the house, learning how to garden, cooking, dancing, raising animals, traveling, decorating, reading, photographing, entertaining, creating, building businesses together and raising kids.



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