She now works the farm and home schools the children. Aside from long hours on the farm, he also works in Parkersburg, where he does system assessments for the Department of Treasury.
There are nine family members living on the farm.
Sherrie's son, Chris Putnam, 21, does the heavy lifting. He lives there with his wife Harley and their 1-year-old daughter Anna-Lynn.
The Taylors adopted the three sisters Sherrie had in her custody when they met. Kaitlyn, 15, Hannah, 13, and Jessica, 10, all work on the farm. The oldest has Asperger's Syndrome, the middle is autistic and the youngest has cerebral palsy. Sherrie said the girls knew that moving to the farm is a way for them to learn independence while home schooling has helped them achieve more than experts anticipated.
Meanwhile, Sherrie's mother, Anna Barrett, who turns 71 on Sept. 31, helps gather vegetables and can them along with other chores that need done.
Their oldest children live elsewhere, including Sherrie's son, Joey Miller, 32, her daughter, Amanda McElveen, 30, and David's daughter, Rebecca Taylor, 21.
The Taylors say they never would have made it this far without the help of good neighbors who have been supportive and loaned equipment. They name Betty Hill, Elmer Miller, C.L. Keefer, and Teresa Pyatt and her late husband, Charlie Pyatt, who died two months ago.
Officials from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture have also offered expertise.
The gardens did better last year in dry weather than this year with all the rain. A grant has been secured through the Department of Natural Resources for a greenhouse to grow high-tunnel tomatoes.
The family sells hay, eggs, chicken, pork and hopes to add beef next year. They also sell animals. They have a variety of chickens and rabbits as well as goats, pigs, ducks, and turkeys. A pot bellied pig and an alpaca are among rescued critters.
They participate with other farms in the Ittle Bitty Mobile Market that travels to various areas with meat, eggs, vegetable, and berries. Participating farms include Thankful Valley, Ittle Bitty, Shooting Star, Shady Oaks and Bradley.
"We have about 50 acres and five gardens," Sherrie said. "Next year we'll have seven gardens. We till the gardens by hand."
The family has applied for grants for needed farm equipment.
Sherrie figures love, determination, hard work, family ties, faith, and good neighbors are a good combination for success. Among her greatest blessings, she counts the support and love of her husband.
For more information about Thankful Valley Farms and Hatchery, go to thankfulvalleyfarms.com, email thankfulval...@yahoo.com or call 304-458-2113.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.