She's a Gem - Emilie!
My cousin Emilie is beautiful from the inside out. This highly educated, sophisticated beauty has chosen to live a 'salt of the earth' life. After finishing college, she traveled the world studying horse training techniques from indigenous tribes to professional stables. She has truly seen and survived it all. She met and married the love of her life, a hunky farmer and then inherited her grandfather's farm in Iowa - where they now live with their two adorable children and lots of animals, working the land.
If you were a gemstone - what would you be and why? What are your facets?
A moonstone - doesn't it just sound beautiful? As a British literature focused English major I also love the novel "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
I am happiest when I am…
on a horse with one of my daughters in the mountains on a pack trip. This hasn't happened yet, but it will. I am also pretty happy when I am eating Rocky Road ice cream.
Where is home to you?
Iowa. It's a place I've made into my home. It is a lot of work to have a home.
Modus operandi - what is your M.O.? Something you do every day, unfailingly?
Walk my dog on "the loop", which goes up and around the hospital where my daughter was born. I even walked the loop when I was in labor with my first!
Favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Cleaning the house. Actually, I'd much rather spend the whole day baking desserts, eating them and then having someone else help me clean up.
Biggest lesson learned in the past 2 years?
When I traveled around the world (which was well over 2 years ago) I learned that mankind is inherently loving, kind and generous. The last two years I've lived in a painfully small town and feel less this way.
What keeps you up at night?
Anything if I wake up and get to thinking. Having only 1/3 a box of granola can seem catastrophic at 2am. Also: my small bladder.
"Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blog? I know no speck so troublesome as self." -George Eliot
Who is your role model or hero?
I honestly think Capucine and David are pretty incredible people. I wish I would be as gracious and loving and joyful as Cap, and as funny, smart and considerate as David. There are role models all around.
Thing you cant live without?
I've lived without everything that I used to think I couldn't live without.
I feel powerful when I…
do something well.
What is your favorite corner of the Earth?
Mongolia is a pretty special corner. It is spiritual, it is nature, it is ancient, it is earthy, it is honest. Just make sure to bring dental floss because they eat a lot of dry meat there and it gets stuck between your teeth.
If you could bring anyone back, who would it be?
Richey Dickson, my grandfather. First of all, I didn't get to say goodbye to him. Secondly, I miss his smell. Thirdly, I'd love for him to know that I have taken good care of his house, barn and tractor, and that I married an Iowa farmer.
What do you geek out on?
Jocelyn Skillman my best friend and college roommate.
What are a few of your favorite smells?
Crystal Cover Beach in California. Amber. Rain after a dry spell. Clean sheets.
What do you want to tell other women?
Have a baby if you are at all inclined and haven't yet. It is a privilege, God's greatest gift to us.
If you had one wish for the world – what would it be?
Not one more shooting. NOT ONE.
What's the most rebellious thing you've ever done?
So many things. Streaking in a town in Belgium is one that I can speak of. It felt great.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done that you would recommend others try?
I love working on the wheel in the world of ceramics. Anyone can do it with practice and it is exhilarating to form something out of clay in this manner.
What act of love have you given or received lately that had a wonderful impact?
My mother has given her time and love so selflessly to help my husband and I care for our daughters so that we can work.