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Category: Farm Girl

My anxiety

I can not breath right now. My entire body is incredibly tense and even the simple act of exchanging air has me worked up. My feelings fester and build until my body, quite literally, feels like it is shutting down. I don’t want to be friendly right now, I am angry, I am distracted, I don’t feel like myself. I have to do something I absolutely do not want to do and it is paralyzing me. I am going on a school field trip today with my 9 year old daughter. Crazy, right!?? How is it that attending something so…

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Sharing that farm life on social media

Farmers, you have to share your story because if YOU don’t someone else will. Right? I follow countless farmers who share myth busting blog posts, they introduce facts about GMO’s and glyphosate and the nutritional values of real milk over nut juices. These farmers take the extra step, they put in the extra time, they WANT to bridge the gap and to connect with consumers. These agricultural advocates open themselves up, as professionals in their industry, they make the choice to share their farm life on social media because that is the world we live in now, people don’t just…

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Balancing farm and motherhood

Women ask other women all the time… How do you balance everything? How do you balance being a wife, mother, and farmer? Before I blush and say modestly that I don’t do anything special I’m going to be very honest with myself and you. Balance looks different to each of us and I know my version of a balanced work and family life looks A LOT different now than it did 3 years ago. Three years ago I had a 6 year old, 4 year old, and 1 year old. I was elbow deep in dirty diapers and always getting…

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Barn books – Spring 2019

Okay, confession. I’ve been kicking it thru my book list, however it has been a lot of series. Janet Evanovich and Michael Connelly… I’ve got a thing for criminals being captured. Instead of listing off 5 books from these two author’s, I want to change up my Spring list! Here are five novels that were good, had a memorable story line, or had an ending that blew my mind – just didn’t quite make my FAVS list Barn books – Spring 2019 Click the book title for a direct look at the book through Amazon, as an affiliate I may…

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She wants your permission

The woman carrying bags of feed, she wants you to give her permission to take some time off. The woman holding a teething child and wearing yesterday’s shirt, she wants you to give her the o.k. to sit somewhere quiet. The woman sitting with her parent, the roles reversed, she wants you to step in without making her feel incapable. She isn’t weak. She isn’t lazy. She’s determined. She wants to be there for her animals, and for her family, and for her friends. She wants to fix the problems, to make the day run smoother. She’s a caretaker. She…

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How to get more minutes in your day

It’s go-go-GO from sunrise to sunset and every evening I wonder what in the heck I did all day, judging by the state of my appearance any stranger would say my shower must be broken, my children don’t own shoes, and I must have lost my sanity and my hair brush months ago. But it’s not like that, right?! You get it, I know I’m not alone. Regardless, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to get MORE minutes in my day… more minutes equal more [fill in the blank] time! Here are four easy ways to get more time…

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Working with my farm kids

“Well, I love you 100 and I love bunny 16” Because when my 4 year old son says he loves his bunny, a tiny bit of me remembers the crazy screaming banshee woman from 20 minutes ago and assumes, clearly, he loves his bunny more than me. Thankfully when I asked him who he loves more I was reassured with a kiss on the cheek and his 100 vs. 16 ratio that I am still his favorite. Being a working mom, a stay at home mom, it’s all hard. For me, being a farm mom is a guilt trip roller…

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Thirty-five random lessons learned

I’m nowhere near where I expected myself to be but exactly where I need to be. At three and a half decades old I’m feeling a bit wiser, like “hey you twenty-somethings …. pay attention to your elders”. Today [April 4th] my momma celebrates 35 years of being a mom as I celebrate the years of growing into the hot mess I’m learning to love. By wiser I also mean like knowing this blog post should be in list format because I feel like lists are a big thing; easy to read, easy to skim through when you don’t feel…

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The future is [more] female

As I was saying goodbye to my husband our youngest child asked his dad if he was going to work? The response was yes. “Like get in your truck and drive down the road to work?” I suppose on one hand I like the idea that our children don’t consider the farm “work” and that at 4 years old my littlest is seeing his mom carry out the farm chores. But on the other hand, I’m sad that I’m doing farm work alone more often and that one of us working off the farm isn’t so much a choice but…

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