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"Live the Dream 

That's Been Living in Your Heart"

Annette Heck, Entrepreneur and Devoted Mother

For me it all started on a farm where my family grew corn and soybeans.   My childhood was all about playing in the barns, climbing on the roof and burning our bare feet as we picked and ate gobs of mulberries from the trees.  I learned to cook and sew from my grandmother- along with some lessons in persistence- and I learned about commitment from my mother.
I grew up and married a wonderful man who farmed for a living, surprise!  I had a friend with a special child who, when I came to visit would say to his mom “the farmers wife is here!”. It always made me laugh, but it was true.
I was living my dream life, married, living and working on the farm and we had three wonderful kids.  My life was busy and full with driving the school bus, homeschooling, keeping everyone fed, and being the soccer mom.
My life came to a screeching halt on May 20, 2004.  My husband was diagnosed with cancer, and would pass on in only 5 short months.  Our lives  were over as we knew it.  More about that later.
I was to be sorely tested, but God was and is always with me.  When the dust finally settled, I was facing 3 hurting kids, no equipment to work with, and not much income.  What to do?  I did the only thing I could do, I pulled myself up by my farm girl boots, put my faith in my savior, and charged forward.  After all - I take after my grandmother, who was very tough.
I started a corn maze in 2008, and did that for 4 years.  In 2009 I was visiting an orchard, seen a small haunted house... and thought “I can do that”.  I have been blessed with many people who have helped me along the way.  I am thankful to them each and every day.  Many friends helped to get this Heck of a Haunted Barn up and running, which has morphed into a much bigger endeavor than I ever imagined.
This year I am adding a country store with homemade foods, soaps, vintage ware, kids play barns, and whatever else I might get my self into.
I also recently got my real estate license, so I am learning this new business as well.
These efforts are not to bring sadness, but more about me creating that new, different, AMAZING life.  My chapter two.
I have many passions, farm life, flower gardens, antiques, historic spinning, sewing, canning, green living, and always having a good book at my fingertips.
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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11