My favorite farmer and I met my freshman year at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Although we have only returned back to visit twice in the last 19 years, the school holds a special place in our hearts. Matt is the best thing that Dartmouth gave to me, and our journey together reflects two decades of love and partnership as we work to create a meaningful legacy on our farm.
My dear friend, Karyn, is the 2nd best thing that Dartmouth gave to me. I met Karyn when I visited Dartmouth on a swimming recruiting trip the fall of my senior year in high school. As a freshman member of the swim team, she had the privilege of “hosting” me on my weekend trip. She did such an awesome job that weekend that she became “stuck” with me for her remaining years at Dartmouth… Although our lives headed in different directions (thousands of miles apart) after graduation, I still count on Karyn’s support and friendship twenty years later.
Last week our family headed east to visit Karyn and her family as well as look at colleges for my favorite brunette who thinks that New England is the region of choice for college. While it seems hard to believe that I am old enough to have a daughter looking at colleges, the years tell a different story. We had an amazing trip — catching up with good friends and discovering more about the 5 colleges that Ashley Grace picked to visit: Cornell, Williams, Dartmouth, Colby, and Harvard.
I know that the trip reminded me how important it is to take a break from a crazy busy life to spend some time with those I love — refilling the cup giving thanks for all of my blessings.