Ed Filhart raised 12 kids with his wife of 46 years, Mary, on their farm in Shepherd, MI. They now have 24 grandchildren who come to visit frequently. Most days Ed spends his time maintaining the family farm and training his Belgian horses to pull wagons and carts for yard work.
Ed plays around with his grandson, putting his old hat on his grandson's small head at Stan's Cider Mill in Rosebush, MI. The large family met at Stan's to watch cider being made from the apples off of the farm's old apple tree Sept. 17, 2011.
Ed's granddaughter Emma, 7, would rather eat the raspberries straight off the plant than collect them in her carton for later. "If you keep eating them all, you're going to get a stomach ache again," warned Ed.
On a warm Saturday afternoon, the Filhart's grandchildren play in the backyard of the farm house their parent's grew up in. The grandchildren spent the afternoon pulling out the corn they had planted in the sandbox and climbing the old apple tree looking for the best apples to munch on.
Ed's granddaughter Emma, 7, ate most of the raspberries straight off the plant rather than collect them in her carton for later. "If you keep eating them all, you're going to get a stomach ache again," warned Ed
Ed and Mary Filhart play tri-dominos on Tuesday night at their kitchen table. "And then it gets quiet again," said Ed after their children and grandchildren say their goodbyes. The family is always coming together at the Filhart farm. The house seems to expand and contract with the arrival and departure of the grandchildren. Ed and Mary spend their evenings together playing card games and winding down from the day.