Yes, that is a photo of a little girl with a lot of turkeys. Welcome to the childhood memories of Ellie Yordy.
For Ellie, childhood meant grandparents with a dairy farm, parents with a turkey farm (still in operation today), and an entire family with a Mennonite faith central to daily life.
Needless to say, when Liz called me to put together her mother’s – Ellie’s – memoir as a Christmas gift, I knew it would be a fun project.
The most inspiring part for me was the way Liz dove into this project! She visited family members throughout the country – including the farm – and compiled information on her Mennonite heritage and history to include in the book, learning much about her mother and family along the way.
I absolutely adore all the great old photos of turkeys and the farm. We also had amazing memorabilia to work with – from napkins to business cards to news clippings.
The chapter on Ellie’s mom focused on her passion for nature and gardening. I especially love her ID card for being a flower competition judge.
And I’ll close with this really fun cheerleading photo of Ellie, and a big “rah” to Liz for letting me work on this amazing project! I love what we created!
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