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..."
Those of us in Agriculture, can no longer think or say things like, “you won’t get it unless you grew up on a farm or ranch and are living it”. We cannot let that pass our lips!
Our experiences provide depth and emotion to our advocating for Agriculture. Many of the opposing viewpoints or loudest voices that may be the most detrimental to Agriculture are very emotionally based. Sharing our experiences, struggles, passion, memories, traditions, and loyalty shows investment of the deepest kind and is the best way to combat the statements of emotionally based bandwagon joiners.
A recent farm accident in our community struck close to home this last month. The sadness that fills me when I think of it and all involved is overwhelming…The realization that my husband is often in similar shoes, doing just as risky an activity, just as far away from medical help, is a jolt to one’s heart and mind…
There is a frequently used piece of advice that is given between generations of women and FarmHer to FarmHer that just rubs me the wrong way every time I hear it. This piece of advice is this: “Don’t learn a new skill on the farm unless you want to do it for the rest of your life!” Now if you’ve said that, I still love you and think you’re awesome, but I want to share with you why it bugs me!
For those of you who know my story, you know that I was raised in Mount Shasta California, attended college in San Jose California and then moved to Montana to complete 2, 3 month internships and never left! So, yes I was born and raised in California, but that state doesn’t feel like home anymore and has only a part in defining where I’m from.
I think we’re all familiar with Precious Moments and their line of all sorts of things from coloring books to ceramic figurines that are characterized by sweet angelic children. Many of them have a faith quality to them of children bowing their heads sweetly in prayer or carefully holding their Bibles…There may not be any Precious Moments type kiddos at your house. There sure aren’t at mine, but with our guidance and support, our kiddos’ own unique versions of precious moments will be apparent!
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.
In the last couple weeks I’ve had several sweet readers and social media followers mention to me how they love to read my articles and that they don’t know how I manage to find time to write within the demands of our daily lives. I so appreciate their comments and love! There are certainly some days where I don’t know how I’ll find time to write and share, but my usual response to that is, “Thank you so much for reading what I write!” And “Oh, I just use the ‘in between moments’!”.
It appears to be an epidemic. Burnt out, exhausted, depressed, and stretched to fraying women. You won’t see this on social media and we hide it even from our closest friends until we can’t carry on any more.
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.
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!