Greetings from Northwestern Pennsylvania, we are Joseph and Alethea Burkett of Old State Farms, a small family owned and operated maple farm situated on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Emlenton, Pennsylvania. We are blessed with eight wonderful children. Jude, our energetic 16 year old, is always ready to help his father at a moment’s notice. His new love is hunting and tracking anything in the woods. He target shoots with his bow everyday. When he can put 4 arrows in a 3 inch circle from 20 yards, he’s allowed to head to the woods to find a real target. Cecilia (14) is our mother in training, as soon as any of the younger kids asks for help she takes it upon herself to tell them what to do. Magdalene who turns 13 this Christmas spends most of her time reading, playing the piano and cooking in the kitchen with mom. Lawrence Joseph, born in April of 2008, basically spends his time trying to keep up with the older 3. Helena (8) is a tornado on two feet, my dad calls her “spark plug” because she has so much energy. Augustine Paul was born June 29th, 2012. He’s a tank on two legs, with a big heart and a big smile. Therese Mercy is in the trows of the terrible 2’s. She can be sweet and cuddly and the next minute louder than a police siren but we love her more each day. Vincent John (not available for the photo because he did not exist at the time) was born Oct 2017. He gets so much love and attention from his older siblings I barely get a chance to hold him myself. Born 3 weeks premature he sent a week in the NICU at a hospital in Erie PA, he’s home and gaining weight like a champ.