Friday, December 7, 2012

A Horrific but Blessed Day on the Farm

Today I am decompressing from a very strange day yesterday.  My face book post had my phone buzzing and ringing all morning long. So many worried about me.  It’s good to know someone cares right?  I hate fishing posts on face book, so here is my follow-up…


Yesterday kind of went like this:

1. peed bed

2. fit from a kiddo

3. forgotten homework 2 minutes before bus

4. fit (kinda rightly so here)

5. incomplete homework and  upset child headed to school to learn a lesson in responsibility.  Hard parenting time when your kids have to learn the hard way, right?

6. fit at Wal-Mart, actually this was kind of me this time, just kidding, but I hate Wal-Mart.

7. trip to consult with orthodontist which is going to lead to many trips to town, thousands of dollars and mostly awful, pain for baby girl.

8. The question of where and how God is using me on and off of the farm popped up again today in the midst of all of this. This is the heaviest and most joyful issue on my heart daily.

9. Before leaving for a Christmas Concert last evening, Beau cut his head open with a stocking hanger that he pulled off of the mantel. I immediately figured out what to do with the other kids, and headed to Decatur to the clinic for stitches.  On the way over, my sister (thank God for that girl and all her kid health knowledge!) told me about liquid bandage. So I continued to Decatur to get that, because we know that the chances of the Dollar General having it was slim and I was already almost to Decatur! 

10. Oh, another small fit from a baby that kept saying “I hurt mom.” The fit was about the location of his car seat in the van.  So I moved the darn thing in the parking lot of Walgreens for my poor hurting, hungry child who had already had junk food  McNuggets for lunch due to orotho appointment.

11. On the way back home, I came upon a horrific car accident.  I don’t remember details, but know that many flashbacks and emotions flooded my head from our car accident in 1985 where I lost my mom.

12. Among my emotion I was so thankful that the accident wasn’t me and my baby and felt the simultaneous guilt that it was somebody’s baby in the flipped over car the firemen were trying to get into.  It was a fresh accident as there was no ambulance and police cars were headed to the scene from all directions.

13. To make matters worse, the thoughts of MY MOM were mixed in there too…oh my! This day is getting deeper.

14. We rushed back in town just in time to pick up Great Grandma (who I was worried I would be late to get) to take her to the Christmas Concert.

15. Witness a near crash as parents were turning into the school parking lot from the busy road. Screamed and nearly gave Grandma another heart attack!

16.  Baby still had blood in his bangs and no shoes, which I forgot in my rush to leave the house.

17.  In the school parking lot, I came nose to nose with the town Police. The lot was crowded and I was trying to get Great Grandma close to the door so she didn’t have far to walk to the entrance to the school. I have an unreasonable fear of police in school parking lots as I “passed” a school bus years ago parking in the lot at the school where I worked! Oh heavens!

18. Husband was standing in the parking lot somehow and watched the cop ordeal and gestured his disapproval of what,  I still don’t know…

19. Doctored Beau’s head under the dome light of the van and screaming and bleeding ensued.

20. Got into school and settled in seat in first or second row on the floor. Ugh! Toddler+Floor= Play, not sit and listen to lovely Christmas music from pesky older sister and her friends.

21. Toddler played with McDonald toy from lunch on the floor with his bloody hair flying in the breeze for the whole town to see.  Toy proved to be very loud as did toddler when directed to sit and listen.

22. Low rise jeans stink and I felt I was managing the toddler AND the creeping underwear hanging out the top of my too low jeans in the front row of packed gym full of Arthurites!  Classy.

23. Took him home after tricking him out of the gym with the  promise of concession stand popcorn that didn’t exist at Christmas concerts, but he’s two, it wasn’t a hard sell. The screams of disappointment were in the hallway, not to be heard by glowing parents proud of Little Suzy’s Christmas solo.

24. Fed hurting, tired toddler and had a wine and cheese while snuggling and watching cartoon. 

25.  Put heavenly children to bed, snuggled and giggled with them and told them how proud I was of who they are becoming. 

26. Detailed conversation with my loving dedicated husband, followed by a 2 am night of writing all of my emotions out on the computer screen to decompress and sort my array of emotions. (My 7th grade english teacher was right, journaling does help. Too bad I am just now learning that 23 years later. )


A day full of blessings and heart ache, a fast-paced, wonderfully awful day, full.

Thanks for all of your calls my friends and family.  I love you all.  I didn’t mean to scare you and I rarely put stuff like that on Facebook, so I am sure it seemed odd. 

So far, today hasn’t been full of weird, odd strings of events, but it really isn’t much better as I am praying for my friend and her mother, wondering about the outcome of the accident and pondering my plight in life.  Thankful for so much and mourning the loss of what could have been  in the events of yesterday and my life. (ugh, man, you can’t go there, known that since ‘85!)

I am happy to be surrounded by people who care and respond to a ‘hurtin’ unit.’ Love you guys!!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness on the Family Farm-Day 30

Day 30-Friends and Winging It

I'm trying out posting from my phone- scary and probably not pretty. This month I have worked through some posting "fear" and today my final post I'm at it again.

Posting from an iPhone seem nutty, with my history if grammar. Yikes! But here goes, what the hey, I'm up for winging it!

Today, I am so, so, so over the top thankful for my friends Steph and Missy. Steph and I go back to the ole pre-k days and Missy joined the trio in college.

To say the least these two and I are as thick as it gets.

Both of them are born and raised farm girls. Both married livestock jocks and both work in the ag industry.

They answer lots of my questions and advise me on being a good farm wife... alot!

Between us we are amazed at the number of kids we have and the craziness of our schedules. Trying to get our families together is like trying to sort dust. Nearly impossible!

We have managed a few traditional, regularly scheduled meet ups.

This photo is of our meet up last year at the Farm Bureau Annual meeting. They are important girls there. I just pretty much hang. Works for me!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness on a Family Farm-Day 29

Day 29-My First (and possibly only) Printable

Our family has deep roots in our local Methodist Church.  Justin’s family has gone there for several generations.  His parents were married there and we were married there.  All of our kids were baptized there.  Our church has a congregation of 200ish people.  On a usually Sunday morning we are bound to run in to many of our friends and our kids are sure to find their little groups to hang out with.  The donuts at Sunday School are a sure draw and the coffee during the worship service is a perfect touch, but what brings us back week after week and year after year is the sense of community that our church offers. 


Just like a family, our church family has been through alot.  We’ve had babies and babies and babies and sometimes we’ve had them two at a time!  We’ve had deaths and life changes.  Just like a family, we are steadfast and always there for each other.  Some of us have been attending this church for decades and others for a few weeks or a year.  As soon as you set foot in our doors, you are family.  That is for sure.

Our worship team was planning some holiday services and the idea for some scripture-based Advent Countdown activity was brought up.  Years ago I had made a cheesy one that was just sliced up paper with the scripture message typed on it.  This meeting spurred me on to remake that old wreck of an idea into something better and CUTER!  Cute helps right?

I put this little printable together. I scoured the internet for something I could just print off and go with, after about two hours I gave up and got to work creating my own.  I know this could be made even cuter by a graphic design person, but if it foots your bill, feel free to download and print it.  I may tweak it more next year.  But as with most things I do…it’ll do!

Advent test


I adapted it from a post on Sweeter Than Sweets.  Check out her version too!

It is stored as a pdf at gmail.  It’s public, so you all should be able to click on the image above and download no problem.  If you would rather have the publisher version, shoot me an email and I’d be glad to email it to you. 

For our church we are going to print it on cardstock, tie it together with a little ribbon and give out to all the families in our congregation. 

My plan for it at home is to laminate it and stick it in our current advent calendar. One scripture card per day. Our countdown calendar is kind of like this one, but not really.  Currently, I can’t find it.  Typical.  It’s in the basement. Somewhere. 



Usually I stick candy or coins in each pocket for each day.  I think I’ll still do that, but this year each day will have a scripture in it.  When we get to Christmas Day, the kids will have heard the whole story, from the Bible.  Now that’s importante! 



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30 Days of Thankfulness on a Family Farm-Day 28

  Day 28-Farm Kids and Their Love of Animals

New born kittens are a regularity on our farm.  These are from the newest litter.  11.12 kitties

Note: white fluffy kitten, days old, eyes not open yet

Note: sticky, terrified toddler

11.12 beau scared kitty

We worked with the kittens and the toddler.  We made progress.  Sigh of relief for the future of our farm.  If our little farmer is afraid of white fluffy kittens, the future may be bleak for our operation.  Farming ain’t for the weak of heart.  You gotta be tough.  You can’t be scared. Scared of grain marketing, maybe.  Scared of kittens, not okay.

11.12 beau kittens smile

  Now that’s more like it!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness on the Family Farm-Day 27

Day 27-Elf on the Shelf Goes Country

This year, the Elf on the Shelf showed up at our house.  Some families with great, on-top-of-things moms have been visited by the Elf for years.  I’m a bit of a slow learner.  Didn’t want to invest my $20 if it was just a passing thing you know!  Yields were low this year and all. 

Usually these elves show up at your house with a book.  Not mine! I like to outsmart the system!  Instead of buying the book, before placing my order, I did a quick YouTube search and found this!

Saved myself a ten spot!  And hey, lets admit it, this is way more fun than a traditional book!  We gathered around the table and watched this little ditty on the ipad.  The little guy was totally enthralled.  He bought it hook, line and sinker. 

We named our Elf on the Shelf “Elfis” as in “Elvis, the King.” Actually it’s in recognition of Jesus, our new born King! Ya, I don’t buy that line either.  It’s all about Elvis and Jail House Rock around here lately. So Elfis is perfect.

There are lots of great videos that we watched of some sneaky elves in action. Our youngest watched all of these with his hand over his mouth in utter suspense.  “That’s hilawious” was spoken more than once. 


This morning our silly elf got caught riding on a John Deere tractor! Surprising, I know! (Please ignore the train pieces located under the couch.  They got moved shortly after this photo.) 

elf tractor aloneLittle man loves Elfis and this is the best picture I could get of him. He was moving away to get the trailer to hook up to the tractor so Elfis could work some ground. True. Farm. Boy.

elf on tractorOur oldest understands the story of Elfis and has not missed a beat presenting it to the younger ones.  The joy shines in her eyes as she watches the boys look for Elfis each morning and delve in to the magic.  I am thankful they have each other.

Heck, I’m thankful for Elfis,, but he’s staring at me right now.  Gotta run, it’s creepin’ me out!


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30 Days of Thankfulness on a Family Farm-Day 26

Day 26-Party It Up on the Farm

So…..I am going to write two posts today!  No surprises here, I got myself a little overbooked and let the moments get away from me yesterday and I chose to spend quality time with the kiddos in our little bit of an evening we had between practices, and activities.  So here goes.

Yesterday the hubs was up and going at the butt crack of dawn, taking advantage of the not-yet-frozen ground to install drainage tile. His brother and one of ‘the guys’ were out and about even earlier.  The hum of the diesel engines awoke me as they rolled out before the sun was up in an attempt at being the first in line at the elevator. (If left to me, I’d say let those crazies go first and roll in about 8:30 a.m. after stopping for some coffee and maybe a donut.) You’ll see a theme here in a minute…

My first goal of the day was to decorate for a birthday celebration out in our farm office.  You see, we celebrate every one of ‘the guys’ birthdays.  Even grown men and women like to be acknowledged on their birthday, right?!

So I made hubs a left-over turkey sandwich for his lunch box, put on a ball cap and sweatshirt to camouflage my pajamas and bed head and stumbled out to the office!

The irony of the Birthday Celebration starts here.  I was actually setting up a celebration for 1. Yes 1.  Our secretary, administrative assistant, book keeper (pick your own term) was working alone in the office yesterday, except for my occasional bop in and out.  But I wasn’t about to let her show up for work to a dark, cold office not adequately decorated for her special day!

The menu planned 3 days ago was vanilla yogurt, triple berry granola cups and cream cheese croissants accompanied by freshly brewed Folgers.  A very girly menu for the only girl employee on the farm.  And since all the crew was out and about early, we can eat like girls!

The decorations were merely a cutesy printout personalized for her day, but it was celebration none the less! I turned on the radio and lights, had the spread all laid out for her arrive and then came back to the house to get myself together.  Here’s the scene:


photo (2)

Ironic point number two for the day is we were one day too early on her birthday and have been celebrating it on the wrong day for the last 4 years.  Today she let the cat out of the bag.  I’m all for honesty, so I chuckled as I ate the deliciousness and had a cup of coffee, just another day of farm wifery! Geez… next year I hope to get it right, but it’s the thought that counts!  Happy Birthday!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness on a Family Farm-Day 25

Day 25-Farm Dogs

Meet BZ.  We are BZ’s second home.  His previous home had several kids.  I think his name was Cesar, but along the line somebody couldn’t say Cesar, so BZ it became.  He only answers to BZ, so don’t get formal on him and try to call him Cesar.  Big Boy will just ignore you.

BZ’s owner was concerned he wouldn’t have enough room to roam.  I sent her an photo taken from a plane.  He came to live at the farm the next day.  BZ is one BIG dude. He makes grown men think twice!

IMG_5992This is BZ’s best bud Macy (the guy running away from the camera.) Macy was rescued from an abandoned farm way back when, when he was just a pup.  He is a he with a she name.  (Sorry buddy).  Macy was 14 years old last summer and had had a few medical issues over the years.  A coupla stokes never slowed him down!  Who needs two working eyes?  Not Macy! 

Sadly, last summer his old body just quit working on him.  We were all so very sad when he passed away.  Especially BZ.

BZ tried and tried to be happy again.  Finally, he made friends with a Tom Cat.  We all know Tom Cats that live on the farm aren’t forever friends.  BZ didn’t know that, and now he’s sad again.


We need to find a friend for BZ to hang with.

I applied for a suitable pup from a rescue place the other day.  I got rejected.  I think I’m taking it hard.  I mean, what dog wouldn’t love to live here?

Apparently, it’s only a suitable home if we promise to keep him in the house and in a fenced yard.  Huh?  Makes no sense to me.  I guess a constant flow of guys here, the fact that there is NEVER NO ONE HERE, three heated buildings and the occasional visit to the house and office building just aren’t acceptable. 

I guess it is better to be in the house all day in a crate while your owner is at work.  I guess it’s better to play with toys than chase rabbits and farm cats.  Apparently a heated garage is not as good as a human’s bed (ok, I may agree there.)

So back to the drawing board. 

If you know of a hearty, but cute, midsized farm dog that would love to live on the prairie, loved by our crew of family and helpers, and who would be happy not sleeping between Farmer Justin and I every night, shoot me an email or comment.  Hoping to find one before Christmas morning!  BZ will be so happy!  Shh, don’t tell him, or the kids while you’re at it.


Day 1-The Hubster
Day 2-Abundance
Day 3-HELP!!!
Day 4-Playground Equipment
Day 5-A SHOP
Day 6-USA
Day 7-Point of View
Day 8-Sharing the Love of the Farm
Day 9-The Best of Both Worlds
Day 10-Rain, It’s A Love/Hate Relationship
Day11-Veteran’s Day

Day 12-Crafting Time on the Farm

Day 13-Romantic Afternoons With My Main Squeeze

Day 14-The Circle of Life on the Farm

Day 15-Raise Your Hands for Concession Stands

Day 16-Whoops

Day 17-Small Town Living

Day 18-Itty Bitty Bits

Day 19-Baby Daddy’s and Dilly Bars

Day 20-Dedication

Day 21-Crazy Boyz Down on the Farm

Day 22- Thanksgiving & No Shave November

Day 23-Thanksgiving-What’s the Point?

Day 24-Opportunities on the Farm


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