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!

Harvest Wife


I am changing my title, because I was made aware that my title may be hurtful for those truly in the trenches of being a widow. I truly apologize for that!

It’s Saturday night, 9:34 pm. I sit here typing, the children are watching “The Skit Guys”, but are headed to bed soon! One of them was up before 4 am, another up before 5:30 am, and the other was on baby brother duty since 4 am. Which means interrupted sleep πŸ˜‰Β  The tractor and manure spreader keep buzzing by the house, and will stop sometime before midnight, or when the farmer gets too tired πŸ™‚

I’ve milked twice today, did laundry, cleaned the living room, settled fights, took a power nap while getting baby and his bigger sis down for a nap, washed my kitchen floor, baked cookies, lost my temper, listened to motivational speakers, folded laundry. Don’t you love all those details I just listed? πŸ™‚ Really, what is the deal? We all did stuff today, but didn’t have to tell everyone. Right???Β  But I felt like it, and it’s my blog, so there you go! Chuckle, chuckle πŸ™‚

Ok sorry friends! I may have been feeling a tad snarky. I was baking cookies after 8pm on a Saturday night, and wondering what all the fun, exciting people were doing πŸ™‚

Honestly, I don’t mind being home on a Saturday night! But right now, I refer to myself as the “Harvest widow” (will be more careful with my words, and from now on, say “Harvest wife”), and I am so ready to have a day of rest tomorrow!!

Harvest is in full swing, and with the hubby being gone with the custom crew every day, sometimes half the night, my hands are full πŸ™‚

I decided to share a few photos of harvest 2017!!This was a day I ran lunch to my man, and took a quick ride with him πŸ™‚ This church was right beside a field the crew was in, one night when I ran supper to him . I loved how peaceful it looked!Stopping for a quick bite!The little stinker πŸ™‚I am always glad when this time of year is over! So much equipment, and tired men, often in a hurry.

I pray for safety for all!! This year the crop is bountiful, and we are thankful for that!! I hope you all have a good ending to your weekend!! πŸ™‚


You have gone way too fast! Some quick photos of sweet summertime ..This boy is a joy and delight to us!! Even if he sleeps like a… well, not even sure what description to use πŸ™‚ Good thing he is so cute, lol! In all honesty though, I am blessed at how good one can feel on little sleep!! Supplementation can make a HUGE difference, and I see it so much during this sleep regression and busy summer!!

This picture just gives me all the feels πŸ™‚ She sticks out her hip, and plunks him on it, and is his little mother πŸ™‚A corn day..And having cousins here to helpΒ makes it so much more fun πŸ™‚

Sunsets are my fave!!Backyard fun…And I could have added so many more photos, but I will stop here πŸ™‚

My chunk and pretty light! Yes please πŸ™‚

Have an amazing week!

Baby On Our Mind

My stomach looks like a small Mt. Everest, and it goes up and down, like an ocean wave. I readjust my position on the recliner, trying to breathe better. Kicks and tumbles, and all sorts ofΒ flips are going on in my womb πŸ™‚ Seriously, we may possibly have a future gymnast in there πŸ™‚

Last week I had my ultrasound and was so happy! Our prayer was that my placenta would move, soΒ I wouldn’t have to have a C-section, and it did! Baby was looking good, and a healthy weight.

We still have not hardly discussed names. I have no idea why. In fact, we never were like this with the others. Last night sent me into a bit of a panic, because I was having pretty strong contractions, and wasn’t feeling well, and I’m thinking “Oh no, the baby will come, we have no name for him or her,the car seat isn’t washed, etc. etc.

I did not have a good night, and this morning after a call to my midwife, I was put on bedrest. So, I’m currently pretty stuck to the recliner, and we will go in for a checkup tomorrow, and then go from there. Baby is not relaxing. Hardly stops moving. Does that mean sleepless nights coming up?? πŸ™‚

At any rate, we are super anxious to meet our sweet baby, and see this busy little person! I’m definitely being taught a lesson in patience πŸ™‚

Until then, we will do our best to stay healthy πŸ™‚

And here are a few pictures to close this post…

Can you spot the babies?IMG_5782 IMG_578520160310_160447Farmer boy…IMG_5637IMG_5789Be blessed!

A Farmer’s Life…

.. with some opinions from the farmer’s wife πŸ™‚

I think some folks are of the opinion that farm life is aΒ magicalΒ way of living. They can come spend a week here and see πŸ˜‰ While I love that we are blessed to live on a farm, there are days right now when I wonder why we do what we do. Perhaps my pregnant self is voicing it’s opinion. It happens way too often πŸ™‚ But when your walk is more like a waddle, and the contractions and tightness are present more than not, and you can’t see your feet,Β you may get a bit irritable at times. Just saying πŸ™‚

These past weeks have been rain and more rain, with farmers trying to get crops in between showers. It’s been busy. And when I say busy, I mean you may or may not sleep every night. I’m talking about the guys here. I have slept every night, some are just shorter than others πŸ™‚ But when the husbands are busy, the wives and children must fill in more. There have been days that my body feels so weary, I can almost cry with relief when the children are all tucked in bed for the night. But it’s what you do, because it needs doing.

I think God was speaking to me in my devotions today when I read this verse. Yes God, I heard you πŸ™‚2016-05-20 18.52.10I was a tad ungrateful for the busyness lately πŸ™‚ And it hurts a bit to work so hard, with milk prices so low. But God provides, and though I forget sometimes, and complain, I am grateful for His love. He shows up in little ways, ways that we don’t even realize right away. Then you look back, and think, wow! He does care so much!

20160516_163503 20160516_163448These 2 have been doing so well at pitching in and helping at milking time. Sure, they grumble sometimes, and complain about their aching backs, but I have been blessed with their desire to help. They know I’m not supposed to carry milkers right now, and if I grab one, I usually hear, “Mom, you know what the midwife said” πŸ˜‰ It makes me feel good that they care!

We absolutely enjoyed the sunshine these last 2 days, but I’m glad for the rain tomorrow, because that should mean a nap for the farmers πŸ™‚ And maybe the farmers wife πŸ™‚

Our supper tonight was easy and tasty, because yes, the farmer needed to eat and head for the fields. Again πŸ™‚2016-05-20 19.59.02Lord, may we remember to be thankful for every day, even the tough ones!

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Bits of Summer ~ Part 2

Another picture post. Because I take so many photos πŸ™‚devan and misc. july 2015 022 devan and misc. july 2015 023Taken through the gator window. I love her! πŸ™‚corn day and misc. July 2015 015The joy from seeing a monarch. I always think of my nephew in heaven when these winged beauties flutter by.Aug. 2015 02620150719_193805There was much love to see 2 ducks come to our farm.misc. July 2015 010The sweetest fishermen. ❀20150723_193024Wild hair πŸ™‚Β 20150614_115307A visit to Mt. Gretna lake.20150621_200607Fun with cousins in Grandma’s sand box.Β 20150621_100509 20150621_102147 beach june 2015 022 beach june 2015 026beach june 2015 039beach june 2015 046beach june 2015 061Time at the beach with cousins.misc. June 2015 002 misc. June 2015 003Tricycle rides..misc and Rachelle's boys 012Corn on the cob.

That’s enough for now. Part 3 coming up soon, I think πŸ™‚ Hopefully in the next week.

Have a great weekend! I am hunkering down inside unless I have to be outside. This weather feels like winter!

Puppies everywhere

Right now, the big thing around here is our puppies. Zoey had 8 of them, 1 female, and 7 males. We told the children we’ll keep the female. Of course, that one died 😦 So now they argue which boy is going to stay πŸ™‚ At any rate, these guys are so cute! They are getting naughty, and playful. And they eat a lot πŸ™‚20150705_193034This was after the girl puppy died, and my sweet little man was in tears over it. So he spent some time sitting with the puppies.end of june & July 21015 017 end of june & July 21015 021july 2015 misc 007When I saw her heading up to the barn with these shoes on, I grabbed my camera πŸ™‚ Then she leaned in over the pen. Pure sweetness πŸ™‚devan and misc. july 2015 031misc. July 2015 019misc. July 2015 024misc. July 2015 026Jenna has declared the runt of the litter, hers. She carries that poor puppy every chance she gets. He appears to be thriving despite that πŸ˜‰20150708_10415620150718_191126She is in love πŸ™‚20150802_191146 20150802_191300 20150802_191310I’m camera happy with these puppies!corn day and misc. July 2015 006One of my favorites ❀20150715_190235More favorites..Aug. 2015 021 Aug. 2015 022 Aug. 2015 023I’m tellin’ ya, this puppy has learned to be tough πŸ™‚Aug. 2015 039 Aug. 2015 040 Aug. 2015 043I know they will miss them when they go. They are for sale if anyone is interested πŸ™‚ We are pretty certain the father is a golden retriever (that’s who we saw around the farm), and Zoey is a lab mixed with we aren’t sure what πŸ™‚ The puppies definitely look like lab/retrievers. Next week they will be ready to go, so we will enjoy them while we have them πŸ™‚

An evening in the meadow

The house is quiet. There is an icecream dessert waiting for me. Thank you, God! I would quite possibly have brief periods of insanity without this quiet time at night πŸ™‚ I thought I would share a few pictures from an evening down in our meadow, just me, my trusty camera, and Jenna.may 2015 017 may 2015 018 may 2015 022may 2015 024 may 2015 026 may 2015 028 may 2015 031The light was just stunning! I took way too many πŸ™‚may 2015 033 may 2015 036 may 2015 037 may 2015 038I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


If you’ve followed my blog long enough you know I like a bit of variety. Some meaningful posts, along with some humor, and of course, lots of pictures. Maybe you were thinking that lately there hasn’t been much happening on the meaningful posts. You would be correct. I’m not sure why I find it harder to write lately. Most days leave me feeling drained and weary, ready to fall into a soft bed, cool, crisp sheets, and a room cooled by AC. This summer feels busy, with Tristan’s therapy, tutoring, outside work, and fun days thrown in. You all know that summer is just busier. And I like it that way. Just sometimes I need a breather πŸ™‚

Yesterday, after being worn down by a crying child not wanting to do therapy, and another that wanted to keep running off to the barn, I felt done in! I felt like a good long snooze πŸ™‚ I think sometimes rainy days just affect my mood, which really they shouldn’t, but yesterday just felt tiring.

And I’m starting to realize the older my children get, the less they think I know. Sometimes I just want to tell them I am actually the adult here. If I’m twice your age, I probably know a little more than you do πŸ˜‰ Ahh, I wonder how those teenage years will be? I’m guessing I will be doing a lot of praying for wisdom. Maybe more than now πŸ™‚misc. april 2015 018 misc. april 2015 020 misc. april 2015 022 misc. april 2015 026 misc. april 2015 027 misc. april 2015 040I am so in love with these unedited pictures of a spring evening in the meadow with my girls. And my 3 yr. old acts like a teenager sometimes. πŸ™‚ Where she comes up with things, I just don’t always know! I blame her siblings πŸ˜‰ Sometimes she calls me be-dorable (adorable), perfect, cootie (cutie), my darling.:) How I love her, and her sweetness!

misc. april 2015 047 misc. april 2015 053 misc. april 2015 057From back before I planted garden. And a game of tug of war. God just gives such beautiful light! I can’t help but capture these moments.misc. april 2015 061 misc. april 2015 064Jenna helped me plant the garden this year. Which may explain the few redbeets that were hanging out with the carrots πŸ˜‰

Thanks for visiting, friends! And have a wonderful week!