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Marie Ferree Diary - First Anniversary in Paradise

It was just a year ago that we first set foot on our promised land here in the Pequea Valley. It was a beautiful late summer day, the sun was shining brightly from the sky above. It was very quiet and serene except for the birds chirping as through they were saying bienvenue. We thanked the Lord, merci Seigneur, that we had arrived here safely. A feeling of peace and tranquility came over me when I looked over the horizon and saw this wonderful and glorious land; now our land. C'est vraimenun un paradise.

We were fearful of the unknown. What would our life be like here? Could we survive? Even if we wanted to there was no turning back! This was the land we had waited so long for and traveled so far across the ocean, over mountains and hills with no conveniences or luxuries. This is our home now and where we belong. This is my family's heritage, for now and many generations to come, and perhaps even to go down in history.

Our fears increased when we saw a group of Indians approaching us. The chief who called himself Beaver, in his broken English, assured us that the Indians would not harm white man because white man was good to Indians. He then directed us to Chief Towanda who greeted us and made us feel welcome. He and his family,so graciously, gave us their wigwams and gave us food. We never could have survived here this first year without them. Alors reconnaissante. They shared their culture with us and we shared our culture with them. Meilleurs amis pour toujours.

Although our first year here was a struggle and very difficult we felt safe and found joy and happiness despite it all. We have adjusted to a new way of living and to be humble and grateful for what we have. My family is now altogether. We accomplished a lot; cleared the land, built new homes, and had a successful summer with our crops. We are building a community and I can foresee a good and prosperous future that lies ahead. We are now ready to start our second year here and move forward. I know now that we made the right decision.

May God continue to grant us love, peace, contentment, and freedom. Nous vous en remercions.

Artlcle written by Shirley Ferree Stilgenbauer. It is not taken from any diary or journal Madame Marie may have had nor is it to be taken as historically accurate or factual. It serves merely to give an idea of what may have been in her thoughts about events in her life and what she may have written about them.