Tomato Pickin'

Farnum Family

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This was our very first family album! We were all so young back then... and some of us didn't yet have any gray hair. Go figure!

Tomato Pickin’

We are happy to share our first “Farnum Family” recording with you. What a blessing it has been to watch the children’s talents develop over the last few years and have an album to show the fruit of their labors!

We have many we wish to thank, but must start with our wonderful savior, Jesus Christ, who has made it all possible. We thank Him for life, love, family, friends and this marvelous gift of music that adds so much joy to our lives. We are nothing without Him.

A big “thank you” to the children’s grandparents for their love, support and help with instruments and lessons. We love you all! …to Jim, Teresa and Sterling for being the greatest “first-door” neighbors in the world and for introducing us to the song, “If You Believe.” We also appreciate the baby-sitting you provided during several of the recording sessions! …to Ricky Boen (Hannah’s fantastic fiddle teacher) for his patience and perseverance with our little “Missouri Mule.” …to D.A. Callaway, Talent Coordinator at Silver Dollar City, for giving us a wonderful venue to share our music. …to the Boatrights, the Naylors, Maaziah Mountain, The 97th Regimental String Band, the Homestead Pickers and many others whose music has inspired us to learn new songs. …to “Prince John” who faithfully prays for our family and our music ministry – God bless you, brother! And to all the dear ones near and far who encourage us with their love, prayers, friendship and support, our heartfelt thanks and a bushel of hugs! …to Greg Bailey, Stone County Recording, our great appreciation for making the studio experience as painless as possible for Daniel, Benjamin and Hannah. We applaud your many talents and “fun to be around” personality! We have many fond memories of the Bailey Farm, including the cows, the baby chicks, the black snake in the chicken cage (with the chick inside the snake – ugh!), and playing fetch with Bess (his Border Collie). …to Betty Kottkamp, MTB Studios, for her excellent graphic design work, efficient CD duplication and packaging; and Marylou, for drawing our Tomato Vine. And last, but certainly not least, to our precious blessings – Daniel, Benjamin, Hannah, Nathaniel, Maggie and Matthew – thanks for being such troopers during the whole recording process. God willing, we look forward to making music with you for many years to come.

As you can see, we have chosen to title this album Tomato Pickin’ in honor of Norm’s favorite garden treat and most requested song: Homegrown Tomatoes! Thanks and God bless you all!

The Farnum Family

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