Family

Finding balance

 

It’s the beginning of a new school year and adjusting to a new schedule. We merge normal every day routines with pretty new clothes and set bedtimes. These first few weeks are exhausting. These first few days are a little bit busier. Today we jumped right into it all, mom life & farm life combined.

Kenna is excited to enter a new grade, see old friends, best friends, and make a few more. My little is growing up and learning fast. While I tried to make memorable moments this summer we spent a lot of time working. Last night I allowed her to feed my calves all by herself; a chore I’ve only let a few people do, with an extensively detailed step by step instructions sheet. She has taken on different challenges this summer, many without being asked, and before I let myself wonder if we are pushing her too fast I will let myself enjoy the simple thought that maybe we are doing something right.

I want them to be kids but to also understand the responsibility we have, as farmers and as adults in general. So, when we came home from dropping Kenna off at school we went out to the barn. We found two heifer calves and my sweet Avery fell in love.

We carried out farm chores like normal, moving cattle and bouncing down dirt roads with poopy boots and sippy cups in tow.

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Tonight our babysitter will pick Kenna up from her first day of school because Dad and Mom have to milk and after she changes into farm clothing she’ll come out and answer the dozen questions I have. Our new routine will be this – with babysitters and a rush of the nighttime routine that leads towards bed. How does the new school year affect your families routine? Is there a visible transition between summer and fall?

While I wish, sometimes, I could leave to the farm to someone else to enjoy the last few days of summer or hug my 2nd grader from the bus I enjoy the responsibility that the farm plays in our life.

Author: Nicole Wren

Nicole Wren is a wife, mom of three, and dairy farmer from northeastern Michigan. She and her husband milk 60-70 cows and farm 300 acres. Sharing honestly about their first generation dairy farm and motherhood, all the ups and downs that come with is what she is passionate about.

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