Thursday, February 20, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Some of her interests:
- Disney music. Almost every night I am asked to sing Beauty and the Beast!
- She likes to play ‘mommy.’ I am the sister. If you stray from those titles, you will be in trouble.
- Her brother and her are best friends. And best enemies.
- FRUIT SNACKS
- Her puppy Dixie
- Princess dresses. She likes to dress up, then turn in a circle like a ‘princess.’
- The potty (some days).
- The potty (some days).
- Vegetables (any tips? I’m thinking if I pour chocolate on them, I may have a chance of her eating them?!)
- Talking on the real phone (She’ll talk your ear off on a pretend phone)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
While a lot of my blogging friends have written about the cold weather, AJ and I were able to take a break with some great friends down in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. When we left Des Moines, it was a whopping -14 degrees (that does not include wind-chill!).
We got to Punta Cana at 4:30 pm that day (Punta Cana time) and it was 89 degrees ABOVE ZERO! Yea, it was awesome. We had a great time. Besides getting sick, it was a beautiful trip. I had hoped to see some of the Dominican Republic agriculture, but didn't quite make it. Maybe next time!
This week I am switching places with AJ, and I am doing chores (he had a small surgery and has some stitches to care for). I've done chores before and I used to help outside on the farm. But that was before we had kids. Now, my main chore on our farm is our kids. :) I am excited for our switch, but we also have some cold weather to deal with!
My experience so far has been more challenging that I had imagined. Friday was my first full day of doing chores by myself. Of course, the water tanks were frozen up, and we had a calf die (ironically, On The Banks of Squaw Creek wrote about "sentiment" and "sentimentality" on the farm that day. Read it, I agree with her!). Friday, I started chores at 8 am and finally finished up at noon. I was exhausted! This morning I went out to do chores at 8 and was back in by 10 (I even had to load the feed truck!). By the end of this, I will be a pro :)
Here are some things that I am learning:
- I need better gloves, stocking hats, socks, and long underwear. It is cold outside.
- I need to lift more weights in the 'off season.' Going in and out of the loader, trying to load a 150 pound calf in the loader bucket, scooping out feed bunks, and crawling over gates has taught me that I'm more out of shape than I thought!
- I need a handkerchief. You can only wipe your nose with your hand and wipe it on your jeans so long before your nose gets sore.
- I need to remember my Bluetooth for questions (and to charge my phone up). This morning I had my Bluetooth and phone charged so when I called AJ with questions I had both hands handy! :)
- I need a better attitude at times. When I was having trouble yesterday, I was getting mad. I'm pretty sure I waste more energy when I get mad. I need to just move on.
- When the weather is windy and cold, chores will take a little longer.
Some cool things about chores:
- The beautiful winter mornings.
- The equipment that I get to use.
- The calves and pigs :)
- Felfies (Farmer Selfie). They are the cool thing to do!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Another thought of why I'm not guilt-ridden is that humans have been eating meat for 1.5 million years (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121004093508.htm). Humans were historically hunters and gatherers. In order to live they had to hunt for their food. They had to follow the animals that provided their food, clothing, and shelter. As cultivation technology evolved they were able to stay in one area and grow their own food. Thus came this super fantastic career that is now known as farming! Agriculture has evolved to today: where it takes very small amount of people on a very small amount of land to feed the world. We are lucky to have our food brought to us in a store. It is safe and put into a pretty package. Instead of spending our day hunting our food, we can now wonder whether or not we should feel guilty about eating our steak!
Instead of feeling guilty, here are 8 things to keep in mind for guilt free meat eating:
Are you hungry for some meat yet? I know I am! :)
Friday, December 13, 2013
I received a New Leader Award last night from the Iowa Soybean Association (sponsored by DuPont Pioneer). I am very honored and humbled to get it. But, I'd like to talk about everyone in my life that has made a difference and been a leader to me.
Obviously it starts at my roots: my grandparents and parents. They were the ones to teach me about hard work, humility, commitment, and faith.
I've had a lot of mentors in school along the way that have reminded me for every step back, you must start over and take that step forward again.
My friends and peers. They've taught me to believe in the good in the world and to BE the good in the world. They have taught me to use critical thinking skills. To think about the big picture to further yourself. To educate yourself.
My husband and kids. They are teaching me that all that I will ever try and work for is worth it. They are my blood, love, and life. (Note the beginning and end are my family. Those closest to me.)
I may have the tools to be a leader in agriculture, but I can't be a leader without any of the above. This award means I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. This is only the beginning.
I am motivated to become a leader.
Photo courtesy of Joe Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Christmas is getting closer. I am excited, and the kids are too! However, they are excited for completely different reasons. I am excited about family time, food, and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus. They are excited about PRESENTS!
We wrote our letters to Santa tonight:
Charlotte is kind of on track (minus the happy birthday :)). And, look carefully, because I can definitely see Rudolph in this picture!:
Wyatt seems to know exactly what he wants (can you tell he’s a farm boy???):
I am glad that the kids are excited for Christmas! It makes this time of year very exciting! Now, it’s time to think about baking…mmm…
What do you do around Christmas time to keep it about others and giving?
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for. Everything I've been given and work for is worth giving thanks.
My family: they continue to teach me life lessons and love me every day.
My friends: they are wonderful and will always be there for me.
My husband: my best friend.
My children: the love of my life, forever.
My faith: which was formed and proven by all of those above.
Another thing that I am very thankful for this holiday season is the fact that I have a safe food source to choose from every day. I live in a place where I don't have any insecurities about the food I buy.
I am for my life. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and remember to give thanks to Him:
"for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities -- all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." -Colossians 1:16-17