Kimball finds it's a 'Dirty Life,' but someone has to do it

One of the biggest changes, she said, was going from a woman who would stay out late to a mother of two that would be up with the dawn.

"I used to come home at 4 o'clock in the morning and now I get up at 4 o'clock in the morning," she said, laughing. "So, I've become a morning person."

Kimball's new 273-page book - published by Scribner - also chronicles her learning how to milk cows, catch pigs, and live with a man who is "exasperating and incredibly intelligent, worthy and romantic."

"A lot of the book is how both farming and marriage are long-term projects that require patience and hard work," she said.

While Kimball admits it can be tough being a farmer in this day and age, it's the support of family, friends and neighbors that make farming worthwhile.

"Our community has been nothing but supportive of us and we've been able to farm exactly the way that we want to farm," she said. "It's a tough way to make a living, but it's a great way to live."

(Editor's Note: Copies of Kimball's book are available through on-line book retailers like Amazon and Simon & Schuster.)

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