The Farmer

If you aren’t aware, the dairy industry is struggling right now. Has been for some time. And its not getting better 😦  Milk prices are low, have been for awhile, and costs have not gone down. Makes me sad to hear that we have farmer friends who can’t pay bills. Who look at the bills, and have to decide which one to pay first. It’s not easy here either. We are blessed to be on a family farm, and thankful for supportive parents. Not something everyone has.

There are far to many rumors that go around about farming, and the public buys into it. Too many people drinking soda, and sugary drinks, and non dairy milk.

Too many people who think farmers don’t care, and are just in it for the money.Β To us, farming is about family. About teaching our children the value of hard work, and responsibility.

By the way, in case you are new here, I have taken a trip down memory lane for some of these photos πŸ™‚ I love looking back!

This photo reminds me of the promise of God. That someone else is in control. And He is faithful! Through good times and bad. Through profit and loss.

And we realize that our children have so many blessings, growing up on a farm. It might not always seem that way πŸ™‚ We don’t get to vacation like others. My children don’t always enjoy chores πŸ™‚ And I know they work harder than some children have too. I’m proud of them for it.Β 

They also get to experience things that so many other children don’t. Like land to explore, and room to roam πŸ™‚

So we keep doing what we do, keep praying, and hope the future changes for our children. For the next generation of farmers.This photo was taken in 2014, because we hosted a county field night. Look at them, so little πŸ™‚

Press on, friends! And thanks for stopping by!

Fair week

I may have taken a bunch of photos this year πŸ™‚ It was our boys’ 1st year doing 4H, and so new experiences for all!

Devan showed Ruby, a December calf. Tristan showed Peppy, a March calf.

We started the week with them taking the calves up, and I brought lunch for the 4H crew. It was also this guy’s 12th birthday, (WHAT!??), so we had cake too πŸ™‚ More photos from the 1st day..

On a side note, my baby got his 1st haircut πŸ™‚Β  I had no idea how much they work at cleaning the animals! Even wiping out their ears πŸ™‚ I think Tristan cleaned his calf’s ears better than his own πŸ˜‰ Hanging out in the barn.. Showtime! Tristan was in his glory!! πŸ™‚And these 2! Two of a kind πŸ™‚ They di this ^ on their own, lol!

Devan and his girl… And then some phone shots to wrap it up..

They left the little kids take a turn in the show ring too πŸ™‚

My little butterfly ❀Daddy gives the best rides!

It was a good week, and a niceΒ little break from the normal routine! Β Hope you are blessed with a good week!!

Letter to the cows

I said it before, that when I milk, I do a lot of thinking, praying,writing blog posts in my head.This post happened to come to me one morning while milking, when I may not have been in a I’m so excited to get out of my warm, cozy bed at an early hour to come take care of you mood πŸ™‚ I will say, as far as barn chores, I have it easier now than I did at one time. But that doesn’t change the fact that, as with any job, irritation can occur πŸ™‚

Dear ladies of the barn,

I have a few tips for you, to make the life of the farmer, and his wife of course, a wee bit easier. First, I do want to thank you for all the milk you provide us with. That paycheck comes in quite handy! But seriously, the amount of food you consume is really too much. Our feed bill wouldn’t be nearly so expensive if you’d just cut back a bit. After all, some of you are looking quite ( and I’ll say this nicely) thick. Secondly, when you need to dispose of all that feed you’ve eaten, there is this thing called a gutter. It is wide. Wide enough that you should be able to aim it at the right spot without too much clean up. Just sayin’. Thirdly, since I got up at this EARLY hour to relieve you of your milk, the least you could do is rise and shine. I mean, how tired can you be from eating all day and laying down most of the night. Show some respect,girls. I’m still on a roll here. Fourth on my list. Your tail was given to you to swat flies. Period. Do not, I repeat do NOT, use it to swat anyone in their face! Especially after you soaked it in your pee. That just ruins someones good mood in a hurry. Fifth, could you please stand still when we are trying to wipe you clean. You know the drill. We do this 2x a day. So you know what happens. Dip,wipe,repeat if necessary. Kicking at someone is just not nice. Plus it really hurts sometimes. You may even make them cry. For real. Sixth. My bandanna I wear is to help keep your stinkiness off my hair. It is not there for you to lick, slobber on, or just plain yank off my head. That really gets me, if you know what I mean. Seventh thing, when we need you to move to a new stall, just back out nicely, and go where you are pointed. If there is an empty spot, that’s for you. Not in a stall that already has one of your friends in it. Eighth. The milkers are to relieve you of all that milk. Do not eat them. They are expensive. The 9th thing. If the milker falls off of you, whether by accident, or from the movement of your leg, please don’t stomp on it. They are expensive. Guess I told you that earlier. For # 10. It would be very nice if you just gave more milk. And maybe gave us the weekend off. Hope you’ll think about all this, and take it to heart.

Respectfully yours,

The farmers wife