Duane and I were married 19 years ago. Before we got married Duane asked me if I would like to grow Christmas trees on the farm. He said his dad made a joke about growing Christmas trees in Texas when he finished his term serving for the Airforce in WWII. Duane said that his dad Pat would tell about how his buddies had asked him “What are you going to do now that you are out”. He wittingly replied “I think I’ll grow Christmas trees in Texas”. You see it was almost unheard of back then because Texas was and still is such a dry, hot state.
Duane and I joined the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association of Texas and started learning everything we could. We planted our first trees 17 years ago. Since then we have stayed in business through horrific doughts, pestilence, floods and even fires. Farming is not for the weak at heart. You must be able to work hard, persevere, adapt and most importantly pray… Let me say that again Pray!! We have learned to be very dependent upon God because as much as we would like to, we can’t control the weather. We have also learned to do all things for and through Christ. When we tried to do things just for profit nothing worked but when we dedicated everything to Him and His purpose, He has blessed us many times over. It may not be monetary blessings but we can tell you story after story of the people that have been blessed and touched because our doors are open. Through our Olde Tyme Christmas event we have supported 14 foreign mission trips across the World. Through the “Give a Bear Hug to Seniors” we have been able to provide Christmas gifts and hugs almost every year since we opened. This is definitely a family run business. Our kids worked their whole life on our farm and come back every Christmas as they can to help. We have friends who volunteer to help us every year just so that we can spread the love of Christ.
Our customers are not just customers to us, they are family. We have dedicated “family” who have supported us through thick and thin years and never stopped coming even when the fire burnt down all of our trees. We now have adults coming every year who would come with their parents when they were kids. We hope they you will choose our farm and become part of our family as well.