My Generation

A Love Story, the Condensed Version

Recipe for a country wedding: one machine shed, 1,400 white lights, lots of friends and plenty of beef.

Once upon a time, a farm boy and a farm girl went off to college. They checked calves together. She wiped off her boots before she got in his truck. They decided to get married.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


Her friends came to the wedding.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


So did his. They did this to his car.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


They got married in a church called Little Prairie Christian. Then they celebrated in her dad's machine shed. She power-washed the floors, and they strung lights from the rafters.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


They covered up the work bench with these quilts.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


They ate beef.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


And they ate cake.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


They even ate John Deere cake.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


And when it was all over, they went home, started farming and had three babies and one Border Collie.

A Love Story, the Condensed Version


And though thirteen years have flown by since that day - June 13, 1998 - and she never fathomed the joy he would bring her, she has no doubt she'd do it all over again.

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