(A stop at the temple first...)
Look at Dad - so proud of this darling old Schmutz farm! We're so glad we found it!
Cute "Fritz", who still lives here ~ his grandfather bought the farm from Anthoni Schmutz, who was my Dad's great-great-great-great Grandfather!
Fritz's family gave us a tour around the farm...
Mom and Dad loved the baby goats...
And here's Dad pointing to the wooden sign in the barn that says "Schmutz" - it dates back to 1500. Unreal!
They let us into their kitchen to see the iron stove that Anthoni Schmutz built 180 years ago... you can see the date 1830 and his initials (AS) in the white stove. (They just painted it, which is why it doesn't look as old as it is)
What a blessing to participate in seeing this part of our family's history - a legacy of generations of Schmutz's have LIVED in this beautiful valley and listened to these cowbells chime for so long. Like Dad, I'm so grateful for each of them, to be their descendant, and to now have walked where they have been walking for centuries!