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It's been almost a year since Carla went home to her reward. I treasure the time I had with her. Carla inspired me long before I met her. She visited Muller's Lane Farm June 2005 and it was like welcoming an old family friend. After an inspiring message on homesteading, Carla went from our homestead to Tim & Wendy's homestead a few hours south of us for their annual Spoon River Homesteading Weekend. For the next two days I was able to fellowship with whom I consider extended homesteading family. A few months after Carla passed away, Wendy joined her. The days I spent with these women had a marked affect on me. I can see in my mind's eye, Carla & Wendy together tending the gardens of heaven and sitting at the feet of our Lord.

Before Carla headed out to her next engagement, she told me to make sure we continue gathering like-minded people together at our homestead. In honor of both Carla and Wendy, we had a second get together the summer of 2006. We will continue to have our yearly event in remembrance of these women and the lifestyle we have chosen.

You will be loved and remembered always!
Your work lives on through millions.

Carla's Obituary

Carla Emery DeLong, bestselling author of The Encyclopedia of Country Living and tireless crusader for the homesteading movement, passed away of complications from low blood pressure on October 11, 2005. She died in Odessa, Texas, on her way home from a national speaking tour, surrounded by her family.

Carla's entire life was distinguished by her strength of character and her willingness to make her own way on her own terms. She will be remembered by thousands around the world for her writings on independent living, and for the doctrines of self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship she preached at speaking engagements across the United States. She is survived by her devoted husband, Don DeLong; by her brother, Dick Hoff; by her seven children and their partners, Dolly and Steve Perry, Dan and Miriam Emery, Becca Emery and Phil Vlahakis, Luke Emery, Sara and Stephen daSilva, Jacob Emery and Karolin Röcklinger, and Esther Emery and Nick Fouch; and also by six grandchildren, Ben, Beth, Matthew and Hannah Perry, and Elijah and Neoma Emery.

Shortly before her death Carla wrote down how she wanted to be remembered. "She was responsible. She loved a job. She loved being a wife, a mother, and a writer. She worked hard and did her best."

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at Grace Chapel in Wilcox, Arizona. All the many people whose lives Carla touched are welcome to attend. Details can be found at Carla's website

To a Homemaker

Sweetness and soul,
We find joy in your gentle ways.
You nurture all of us: the dog, the bird,
The plants, and people - lucky ones you love;
You're caring, ever caring, here - and far
Where letters send your light to sunny up
A burdened life. With fierce protective eye
You scan afar for threat to those God gave
You vigil o'er. From morn to night you work:
You cook, you wash, you sew, you clean, you shop.

What for? Why just to make a home
For us who come - and go.
You suffer little leavings every day
And bravely bear the pain and think of ways
To make homecomings glad and good, and build
Us strong again.

You cook. Oh, how you cook!
Not as some other women cook, with weariness,
Complaint: "So many years, so many dinnertimes."
No, you cook like God would cook, I think.
Each meal's a miracle. Dried beans and rice
Become gourmet for you. But more than that,
Each meal's a feast of love
Turned into bread and drink. We humbly take.
There is no way to honor you enough.

by Carla Emery

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3-10 (KJV)


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