Do you remember that rock that Hubby found out in the field? I told you about it awhile back in this blog post. Well here’s an update…well lets start a little further back.
Hubby was in the field picking rock. For those of you who aren’t farmers- The fields often have rocks in them. Farmers pick the rocks and take them out of the field whenever possible. The machinery can catch on or hit the rocks and that can damage the equipment. Damaged equipment means break downs and break downs mean delayed plans. Anyway, farmers hate rocks in their field and pick them. Rocks aren’t everywhere though. We have rocks on the farm in our area. A half hour east of us where Kelli lives, there is MUCH less rock. Where the rocks are is dependent on where the glaciers went through.
Anyway…he found this rock just peaking out of the soil. He got the skid loader and worked to get the rock out and loaded. He immediately loved the rock. It has a flat surface on two of the sides. It’s very unusual.
He asked his boss if he could have the rock and his boss said -sure. Then the rock sat. One reason it sat is because we didn’t know anyone who engraved them…two we were still living at the farm. Although we lived in the house we felt awkward having a huge rock out front that said “KRAMER” on it when the farm wasn’t Kramer’s. It was a problem.
Well fast forward to now. The rock has been sitting there for likely 5 years. Hubby’s boss was cleaning out around where the rock was and asked Hubby about the rock. That prompted us to start talking about it again.
Then Kalissa gave us a gift certificate for our anniversary to have the rock engraved.
A guy in the area has started an engraving business and has done a wonderful job…so that part was settled. Now to figure out what design we wanted…Decision time and you all know I hate that.
We contacted Reicks Monument to see if they could start us in the process of figuring out what to do with the rock. Hubby had to deliver the rock there which he did and then we asked Chris, the owner, if he could come up with a design. He asked for suggestions and we thought “The Kramers” and “est. 1986” should be on it. Well the design came back and we didn’t like it.
Hubby asked if I wanted to design something. I said no. We talked and talked about it. I finally said, how about we had a “K” in a circle? I explained that growing up my parents had a circle and a “J” as their farm logo. That ways the circle was me and the K was him. PERFECT. We both loved that idea.
Then I looked on the internet and found a company that makes some neat designs…like this…
We didn’t want that design but we told him Chris, the engraver, that liked something more like this with a “K” in circle and prominent. We wanted our last name only and we wanted the established part. We told him we wanted different fonts and different sized fonts.
Chris came back with a few designs. We actually were fine with all of them but ended up picking this…
We both really like it. The rock is better than we imagined.
Of course it doesn’t end there. Next we were debating on where to put it. We are calling this it’s home for now…and for now, we are waiting til spring for the landscaping around it.
Here’s a closer up picture.
Little by little we get things done. Considering how long the rock was in the field and how long it was at the farm, waiting until spring is no big deal.
Hubby wishes we could use it as a tombstone. The back side is flat and blank. He thought we could put our names and dates there. Cemeteries don’t let you do that though..do they?
Well that’s the rock story…at least the first chapter…stay tuned.