About Taylor

Hey y'all! I'm so glad you made it to my little corner of the internet and I'm so excited to share with you the never dull life of a farmer's wife. 

My name is Taylor and I live with my husband, Harrison, in Stony Point, North Carolina (near Statesville) where we live and work on the farm that has been in his family since 1900. We have the sweetest pup, Sailor, who is probably the only Beagle known to mankind that will walk across open fields off leash and not get distracted by her nose. I am a 4-H agent, and Harrison is an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Between the two of us, we have all the youth agricultural organizations covered!

I am originally from Johnston County, where I grew up an active member of the NC 4-H Horse Program and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.

I received my B.S. in Animal Science in May 2017 from NC State University (Go Pack!). While I eventually decided against becoming a vet, I never lost my passion for animals and gained a greater appreciation and love for agriculture as a whole. 

I met Harrison during my junior year of college. We were introduced by mutual friends through our sorority and fraternity involvement- he was a brother of Alpha Gamma Rho and I was a sister of Sigma Alpha, the professional agricultural Greek organizations. We became immediate friends and began dating at the beginning of our senior year at NC State. We got engaged on May 27, 2018 and were married on May 4, 2019.

I dreamed of living on a farm my whole childhood. We grew up across the street from a farm that grew soybeans, wheat, and cattle and it always seemed like a neat life... I, of course, was attracted by the prospect of having room for all the animals I could ever want. My dream came true, something that still seems surreal. 

I've been blogging on and off for a while, but the drive to keep writing has been rekindled by this new adventure. I wanted to document all the ups and downs of farm life and, while I'm at it, tap another passion of mine- educating others on the agricultural industry. 

That dream of mine, living on a farm, always had an almost magical aura around it. I imagined sweet tea on the porch, tractor rides, and baby animals bouncing around. Through my time dating Harrison, and the short time I've been married to him, I've seen the not so magical parts: three of our sheep mysteriously died, it has rained for so long at points that we couldn't get the combine in the field to harvest our crops, and so on and so forth. But the magic truly is there: in hearing the wind blowing through the corn, in seeing the first soybeans pop up from the ground, in knowing the eggs we produce hatch into a quality food for people across the state and country. Farm life is truly a special life and I'm so excited to share it with you.

The meaning behind Grace & Grain Bins:

When rebranding my blog, I thought for a while about what to call it. I wanted something that reflected both my personal beliefs and personality and agriculture. I know the ____ &____ names have been pretty overdone throughout the years, but when I put the two together, something clicked.

"Grace" has been a theme in my life for a few years now. On the surface level, grace means simple elegance. On a deeper, spiritual level, grace is God's unmerited favor. We live this out through unconditional forgiveness. Do they deserve it? It doesn't matter. We are forgiven by God and that is something we could never deserve. Extending grace to others is a way we live out Christ's love. It's never an easy thing to do, but I believe in always extending grace to others, and to yourself. Farm life requires a ton of grace every single day: to Harrison for long days in the combine when I don't get to see him, to myself to understand and move past the emotional side of farming, and more.

Now, grain bins... that's something a bit easier to understand! Grain bins are the tall round silver bins that we use to store grain after it's been harvested. Some people call them silos!

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