Do you ever feel like a slave? A slave to the farm? A slave to your kids’ activities? A slave to your home? I started asking myself these questions after two completely different Bible studies that I’m working through brought up the connection between slavery and taking a day of rest!
I've never been in as dark a place as I have been for the last few weeks. A place that I could describe as filled with despair, discouragement, depression and overwhelm.I promised myself that after last year I wouldn't get discouraged again. In fact I even wrote a blog post about "drawing a line in the sand". I swear that after I wrote that it was as if the devil said "you want to bet?"
With the onset of spring, comes the anticipation of seeding and a busier season. The list of things to do before that first day of seeding grows by the day if not by the hour at times. And the likelihood of getting wrapped up in the stress, the pressure and the anxiety of it all increases.
"Sometimes, I thank God, For unanswered prayers, Remember when you’re talking, To the man upstairs, That just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he don’t care, Some of God’s greatest gifts, are unanswered prayers..."
Each new milestone is stretching me. I might stretch, kicking and screaming, but I’m stretching and learning. This last rain storm, although desired greatly and so much gratitude offered for it, brought added challenges to my life. A trusty 4 wheeler was not so trustworthy. My last option pickup died. The fields and pastures were so saturated I couldn’t get in without the 4 wheeler, which left me on foot chasing cows in the pouring rain.
It’s 12:30 AM and my hubby just left to go check cows. It snowed again tonight which increases the likelihood of cold calves and losing ears. I have our entryway prepped. I have the storm door propped open so he only has to get through one door with a calf. I’ve got an old sheet out on the floor to try to keep the mess to a minimum.
I read this article recently in the New York Times online that was titled “The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting. The title intrigued me, because I have certainly felt the relentlessness of parenting.
After a rather tense “counseling session“ of working cows, with my hubby, I recognized that I had two choices. I could respond to him as he’s the enemy, by being angry with him; I could be filled with desire for revenge…
I bet you already know this, but families in Agriculture are anything but “normal“. They’re not even “typical“. There may be some sort of “typical“ when it comes to comparing them to other families in Agriculture, but that might even be stretching it, as Agriculture is so diverse.
Today I’m packing. Packing clothes, swimsuits, activities for the girls, and all our baby “stuff” for my expectant sister in law! One thing I’m not packing is items for my hubby. I haven’t been sure how to feel about this. On one hand there is great anticipation for the girls and I to spend time over the 4th with Aunts, Uncles, cousins, Grandma and Grandpa, but with that excitement comes a sense of sadness.
As I move further into this New Year, a short look back into 2018 seemed appropriate. I learned a lot in 2018 and I’m so grateful for those areas of growth. There were 4 big areas that came to mind and I thought I’d share them with you!
As we approach the New Year, many people begin to think about New Year’s resolutions, goals, creating vision boards and choosing a word to focus on for the year. It’s the same for me. This is the third time I’ve chosen a word for a New Year.
The cry for rain is getting louder and louder. I hear it in my husband's voice and echoed in the words of our friends, neighbors, and fellow folks in agriculture.The pastures that feed our cattle through the summer are burning up and taking any nutrition with it.
Oh, the challenges of making friends and building friendships in rural areas! Friends in rural areas can be hard to come by. Perhaps you live several miles from your nearest neighbor. Or there is no one in the same life stage as you within a hundred miles it seems. That can get challenging and frustrating! I think many of us within the Rural Sisterhood Community can relate.
Have you ever heard of time blocking? I hadn’t. So I did a bit of research…You know how we always say, “You can’t count on a schedule staying as is, because something in farming or ranching will come up and you’ll have to change your plans!”? Well, Time Blocking gives you a guideline and structure for scheduling your day, yet has built in flexibility!
I am so excited to share the Daily Action Planner with you! This planner is so cool. It's a very short planner at just 30 days, but with the shorter time frame it is more likely to help you stick to working toward your goals and much easier to see progress as well!
I am so excited to share the 100 Day Intentional Planner from Lucy Celebrates with you! This is a beautiful, faith-filled planner. Even the packaging offers beauty and the un-boxing is a wonderful experience.
I am so excited to share the Heart of The Farm Planner with you! I have looked and looked, but never found a planner created especially for women in Ag! Just a month ago, I happened upon Heart of the Farm Planner on Instagram and knew I had to see one in person!