Sharon and her husband, Merle, live in a restored, four-level dairy barn in Illinois. Together with their two children, the family owned and operated specialty shops and a restaurant in the vintage building for thirteen years. After closing the restaurant, the couple renovated the commercial barn into a home. They continued their business by operating a collectable shop from their home until retiring from retail in December of 2009.
Sharon has a degree in business administration and appeared monthly on the local NBC T.V. affiliate as a special feature guest for fourteen years. She speaks on a variety of topics including cottage lifestyle, cottage gardening, decorating with collectables, and the Christian lifestyle for the modern woman.
In addition to her blog, Sharon writes a bi-weekly e-newsletter entitled “Cottage Chat,” sharing recipes, projects, and cottage commentary and lifestyle. She also writes an e-newsletter entitled “Prophecy Chat” discussing current events in light of scripture.
She is the author of four published fictional novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless–A Door County Love Story, and Door County Cabin. Her stories, set in Door County Wisconsin, celebrate romance as it blossoms within traditional values. For a description of her charming novels, see the Door County Love Stories page of this blog. They are available at Amazon.com for Kindle e-books. Door County Cabin is also available in paperback format.
Sharon and Merle are the parents of two grown children who enjoy visiting the Farm Grove barn with their families.