Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Saturday, October 8, 2016

When things don't go as planned

This series was supposed to begin on October 1, as I was ready to post this, my laptop crashed. At first, I was angry, OK out of control enraged throwing tantrums and maybe swearing a little, but then, I waited. Because it was a lesson that things DO NOT go as we plan them. So here I am, on Day 8, starting my new series. Enjoy and be blessed.

WRITE 31 DAYS 2016

"Planning with purpose and praise" that's the theme of this blog. Helping you create a life that is under control and full of praise for Thee One who sets the stars in motion and knows the plans He has for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)

But what about those things that come out of nowhere? The unexpected? The unwanted?

All around our county last week towns were flooding. Fields under water. Cows and hay bales floated in the muddy waters. 

How in the world does one plan for that? And what possible purpose can God have with this?
God is not a God of chaos. And chaos is all around us. 

I can tell you all about making emergency preparedness. But you wouldn't listen to me until the actual disaster threatened or was imminent. 

A week after the floods I received a message from a very dear friend. Our friend has passed away. She was only 43. You can't prepare for that either. The flooding of emotions and memories and regrets hits you like wave that weeps you under and you've got to remind yourself to breathe and live in the present and not get stuck in the past. Only you can't because you're getting pulled under by the grief. 
Some things just can't be planned
But there is still this life. Life has to be lived as long as God gives you the breath to breathe. He took my Laurie's breath away and now she gets to be with Him. That I accept. And until my dying breath I've got to live. Whether things are going the way I think they should be planned or not.

It's time to write for 31 days. Thirty one days of living the life God has lain out before us. The plans He makes surely are much better than our own. Join me?

Planning and praying and breathing with love,

Thee Farm Wife

Sunday, September 18, 2016

More Sunday night musings...a Sunday night routine

 I can tell the end of summer is near. The windows are so dirty that everything outside looks dingy. I can't clean them in the summer because we have to spray the house for flies. Farm livin.

The kids are in the tree house with blankets and pillows. Someone just yelled, "GO TAKE THAT JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER INSIDE!" I don't even want to know. 

Jaima, 14, went to the Homecoming dance last night. I didn't want to let her go. I know without a doubt that she is nothing like I was at 14, But I do know that boys are still the same. Her innocence makes me proud...and regretful at the same time. But the past is the past and I am who I am and praise God for that. He walked me right on up and out.

Now, here's another great planning tip for you as we work on our Homespun Faith and planning life together:

If you don't have a Sunday night plan, I have to tell you that if you would just take a few minutes tonight, your week will be amazingly better.

  • Check the calendar.
  • Check the forecast.
  • Check the fridge.
  • Get a basic menu plan and grocery list started.
  • If you are behind on laundry, grab one outfit for each person and wash one load for tomorrow.
  • Find everyone's shoes and backpacks. Notes, fees and library books.
  • Throw the kids in the tub. While they are bathing...
  • Pack lunches.
  • Find your purse, keys, work things, water bottle.
  • Pick your outfit for tomorrow.
  • Everyone go to bed early. This one night sleep is the most important to jump starting your week. Don't forget kisses and prayers and stories. 
This really doesn't take as long as you think. And really works for every night of the week. You just have to want to get control of the chaos.

Do you enjoy the craziness of Monday morning?

Love and sweet beginnings to your week,
Thee Farm Wife

Friday, September 16, 2016

Football Friday - Recipe #2

Ahhh...finally Friday! Homecoming for many schools. The weather is slowly changing. And I just spent an hour on Pinterest gaining weight just looking at all of the yummy recipes for tailgating!
Seriously, there is a dip and a thingie on a stick for everything.

I have made Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls for Thee Farmer and his friends several times for fight night. That's when they get together and act all manly and watch grown men beat the crap out of each other.

You will need:

Egg roll wrappers
One bag cole slaw mix
Canned chicken or cooked and shredded chicken breast
Cookies Wings and Things Sauce
Bleu cheese crumbles or bleu cheese salad dressing

I like these ingredients better than the ones suggested on the recipe I found. These are baked and are very easy. Just make sure you have plenty of sauce because the chicken absorbs A LOT!

For directions and how to fold and bake head on over to this link.

Be sure to listen to KWAY 99.3 FM and the Breakfast Club Friday mornings for Football Friday. We interview Rick Willis,Wartburg Head Football Coach, Mark Farley, UNI Head Football Coach and tomorrow W-SR's Homecoming King and Queen! You can tune in online at

Much love and appetizer happiness,
Thee Farm Wife

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Book Review AND a Giveaway? What the What?!?

  • DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Momentum Publishers in exchange for writing an honest review on my blog.

I love everything about this journal. 
From the hardbound cardboard cover to the amazing illustrations and journaling prompts.
 This book is a fresh new way to reconnect with God.
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Puke Dip - Friday Football Recipe of the Week!

Terrible name...great for tailgating!

1 block Velveeta Cheese
1 pkg. Cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel
Put all in crock pot on high.

Brown 1-2 lbs. ground beef, seasoned with Lawry's, onion powder, black pepper and onion flakes. Add to crock pot. Cook until all melted. Stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.  Turn temp to Low or Keep Warm while serving.