Barn Charm – Thanks, MJ!

Some of you are already familiar with the blog, Emjay and Them. If you aren’t, you should definitely pay her a visit. MJ and I became followers of each other’s blogs after I had the honor of being Freshly Pressed a couple of years ago.  I can count on MJ’s posts to be witty, encouraging and thoughtful. And she’s one of my most faithful readers.

Recently, MJ was sweet enough to send me a picture of her Grandpa’s barn, tell me a little about it (and him) and allow me to share it on Barn Charm.

MJ’s Grandpa’s name was Ausser Forsberg. He was born in Steven, Minnesota and was the 6th of 10 children. In 1906, the family immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada, due to his mother’s severe allergies. The family lived in a tent until the house was built.

In 1923, Grandpa Ausser married Pearl. MJ shares that it’s said Pearl turned down many marriage offers before accepting Ausser’s.  They raised five children, and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren still live on the land and in the area.

mj grandpas barn

In MJ’s words: “My Grandpa’s barn: home to Belgians and Herefords, alley cats, bats and puppy dogs; home to the lazy days that housed this prairie girl’s childhood”.

It’s obvious that MJ has many sweet memories of this beautiful old barn, and I’m honored to share it this week for Barn Charm.


25 responses to “Barn Charm – Thanks, MJ!


  2. What a great barn…..with some great stories it could tell of life, love, kids and all kinds of animals passing through it’s barn doors through all the years.


  3. WOW !! That’s a big barn….the family could have lived in that!!

  4. What a beautiful big, barn with all those windows, doors and what are those towers on top? This is classic. The stories it can tell. Love that the roof appears green and the barn is red…as magical as Christmas.

  5. How fun! We get to know this barns people. We have a story! How cool!! Beautiful colors, beautiful setting! Pretty clouds to keep it company the day the picture was taken.. 🙂

  6. beautiful and i love the history of it! i’ll have to go check her blog out 🙂

  7. what a beautiful barn. and wonderful of your friend to share!

  8. Wonderful, stately barn-absolutely love it. I plan on checking out her blog too. Thank you both for sharing!

  9. What a lovely setting and story! Thanks to emjay!

  10. That’s a beautiful barn and I’m loving the blue sky with the fluffy white clouds overhead.

  11. Amazing barn ! Stately and proud … very impressive. And a great family story !

  12. Gorgeous barn–much loved. MB

  13. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a beautiful old barn and family story. Thanks MJ for letting Dianna share it with the rest of us. 😉

  14. As they say nowadays, “You ROCK!” Sharing that beautiful barn Dianna, is a grand thing to do and the barn and your blogging friend’s sentiments are truly awesome.

  15. What a beautiful barn.

  16. It’s such a pretty barn and lovely memories. =^.^=

  17. It so nice when farms stay in the family.

  18. I wasn’t born in one…but I was married in one…Love the story and pics

  19. .. Thank you for sharing my Grandpa’s barn. It’s the first structure one sees when you come down into the valley where our family farm still stands. 5 Generations!

    He was a quiet and proud man, a hard worker, and kind, oh so kind. He always kept a few stalls freshly cleaned for me & my cousins, a place we could deposit our ponies to munch on hay & oats as we’d run, run, run uphill and breathless to their house. Grandma was always there, waiting to share her treasure trove of baked goodness with us. I’m sure they’re smiling in Heaven to know that a whole new world has met “Grandpa’s barn.”


    P.S. And Saskatchewan is known as “The Land of Living Skies” — now you see why!

  20. The barn and the stories about it are wonderful. I’m glad that Emjay and Them let you share them with us.

  21. What a fine barn. Pride went into the building of this one, nicest one I have seen in ages.

  22. OMC! that is a wonderful barn…my Mom’s dad was a cotton farmer, well at least his pawrents were in Texas…very rural…very poor…but some wonderful structures Mom has photos of, like the house Mom’s dad was born in…now gone…paw pats, Savvy

  23. Lovely barn and nice to hear the story of MJ’s grandpa’s barn! What a delightful place to grow up!

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