A year had passed since Hezekiah and Levi's departure, and the cellar no longer felt oppressive. Jill and Seth had made it a point to use the inheritance money they received from Uncle Jake to make some improvements to the old farmhouse, refinishing all the beautiful hardwood floors and replacing the old drafty windows. They had also inherited Uncle Jake's cows and his farming equipment; the crops and their big vegetable garden were looking good.
There was another change in the family, a new life in the farmhouse; Jill had given birth to a healthy baby girl they named Anna Catherine. She sleeps in Joseph's cradle that Seth brought down from the attic.
Things were peaceful at the old farmhouse and life was good; and every now and then if Jill awoke in the middle of the night and checked on the baby sleeping in the small room next to theirs, she would see the smiling images of Naomi and Hezekiah standing watch over Anna, guardian angels of her very own.
(Thus ends my Secrets of the Old Farmhouse tale. Thank you for stopping by to read this story for the past twenty weeks, I've enjoyed writing it. )
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