Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Oliebollen!

My tummy is full of Dutch dumplings! Danielle and Julie both brought me some. They are called oliebollen - and have raisins in them - you warm them up and put powdered sugar on them - and they are sooooo good! They are a New Year's treat in the Netherlands.

I have a challenge for you as you start a new year -don't make any resoultions, you know you won't keep them anyways! I am going to pick one word and have that be my focus for the year. One word that I will think of often and strive to be - and that is BEAUTIFUL! I want to be beautiful in my language, in my reading, in my thoughts. I want my home to be beautiful and my kids to be beautiful. I want a beautiful marriage. BEAUTIFUL. What word speaks to you? Is it: healthy? inspired? happy? diligent? believer? You choose and let it become part of your life.

I plan on making a sign with my word on it to remind me that I have chosen BEAUTY!

May God bless you in this new year we are about to begin. And if you want to know how I can be happy all of the time, in spite of circumstances, how I always find joy and peace - I will tell you, it's all because of Him. The One who is my strength. You can find Him in this new year at www.needhim.org Why not start out the new year with hope?

Friday, December 25, 2009





Merry Christmas to You!


Well, it is a muddy Christmas this year - a floody Christmas - who would have thought that the basement would flood on Christmas day? Cody woke up to feet splashing on the floor. We have had rain off and on for two days. Slush and ice and mud. We are so grateful to God that the new buildings are up and our cattle are safe and warm.

I am trying to figure out how to post a slide show of our Christmas photos!

It's 12:45 now and snow is falling - lots of snow- on top of the ice...I am glad to be indoors and still in my jammies!

From our house to yours, Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Our Christmas "Letter" to You

The month of December has flown by. Today we are preparing for our very own candlelight service at home, since we are anticpating not being able to go to church tonight. Both of the girls are so excited, and are actually being good since Santa Claus is almost here.

I will start cooking soon, we hope Jim, Jen and kids can make it here this afternoon! John and Cody are outside making the cows comfortable. It has been raining for hours and it's a wet, sloppy mess outside.

When things settle down, we will make our gingerbread house, bake and decorate cookies for Santa, and watch our favorite Christmas movies. Cody and I can't wait to watch It's a Wonderful Life, and of course, we will watch Daddy's favorite, A Christmas Story.

Inspiration for Today

Planning for the Presence of Jesus
24 Dec 2009
Glynnis Whitwer

"But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made." Luke 10:40 (NIV)

I tend to consider myself a "Martha" type personality. And I don't mean Martha Stewart. That Martha was ready for Christmas in October, I'm sure.

No, I'm nothing like Martha Stewart. In fact, a few years ago I didn't even manage to decorate the tree. It had lights on it ONLY because it was a pre-lit tree! I managed to put a few gifts under it before Christmas because my dear children kept looking at me with big hopeful eyes, asking when I was going to wrap SOMETHING. But that was it. No cards. No Christmas concerts or caroling. No trip to see lights. Just a busy life made even busier.

For those who know the Luke 10 story of Martha and her sister Mary, that's the Martha I'm talking about. That Martha had the privilege of hosting Jesus in her home. But instead of sitting at His feet, like her sister Mary did, Martha worked and complained to Jesus that Mary wasn't helping her.

Let's put ourselves in that scene for a moment. Jesus has come to YOUR house. To visit YOU. And not only are you too busy to spend some time with Him, but the time you do have you spend complaining. You complain about "someone" not doing her job, and how you have to do all this work, and if only "someone" would help you then you could actually sit down and enjoy some time with Jesus and blah, blah, blah…

Martha wasted an amazing opportunity. And many times, so do I. She let the demands of every day overshadow the call of the divine. In fact, Jesus gently chided Martha, and affirmed Mary's choice to sit and spend time with Him in the middle of all the work that had to be done.

In verse 42 we read that Jesus told Martha her sister did what was "needed." So in Je sus' mind, whatever Martha was doing wasn't needed at that moment…whether it was to impress, pamper or comfort Him. Jesus just wanted Martha to sit down and spend time with Him.

Imagine if you had travelled far to visit the home of a friend. And in her desire to serve you, she never spends time with you. Do you know anyone like that? Don't you want to say, "Sit down. Relax. All this stuff doesn't matter. I came to spend time with you."

That's just what Jesus was saying to Martha. In other words,

Martha, thank you for caring about my needs. But, you don't have to worry so much. There's only one thing I want right now, and that's to spend time with you. Mary gets it. Come sit down next to your sister. The dishes will wait. But you won't have this time with Me very much longer.

Martha probably wasn't given much notice of Jesus' arrival, hence her rushing around. We, however, have been. Just as you would prepare for the arrival of a special guest to your home, I invite you to prepare for the presence of Jesus this Christmas.

Have you ever let the demands of the everyday pull you away from the divine? Have you ever chosen a good thing over the best thing? You're not alone. Today, I invite you to set aside all the preparations and distractions and sit in the presence of Jesus.

We don't have to do anything special to enjoy Jesus' company. We just have to quiet ourselves from the busyness of the day, take a deep breath, and allow Jesus to fill our hearts with His joy and peace. It can be sitting outside looking at the stars, listening to carols, or sipping a cup of coffee in front of a fire. Just sit down with nothing else to do and invite Jesus to join you.

When I think back about the scene recorded in Luke 10, between Martha and Mary, I can tell which sister had more peace in her life. And it wasn't Martha. This Christmas I definitely want to plan for the presence of Jesus – that's really all I need.

Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of Your son Jesus. As I go through this Christmas and the upcoming year, please help me set priorities that are pleasing to You. Help me remember to plan to enjoy the presence of Jesus more than I plan for the details. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Worship: Nearing the Heart of God by Glynnis Whitwer

Visit Glynnis' blog for more encouragement!

Pursuing the Christ: 31 Morning and Evening Devotion s for Christmastime by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

For more encouragement on intentionally focusing on Christ during busy seasons, click here

Application Steps:
Spend some time in prayer, asking God to show you His priorities for you this day and over the next year. Write down one or two things God brings to mind.

Reflections:
In holiday seasons past, when have you experienced the presence of Jesus most? Be specific.
How does time alone with Jesus change you?

Power Verses:
Luke 10:41-42, "'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from h er.'" (NIV)

Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (NIV)

© 2009 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blizzard!

Surrounded by snow - howling wind - we can't see past the driveway - but we are safe and warm - trusting God -

Never got the hot chocolate made last night - haha

Everyone is still sleeping and I am enjoying the peace- the day will start soon enough - and then my quiet time will end. Thank you Lord for the noise because it means my children are blessing me!

Jaiden has recovered from her surgery for ear tubes, but is still not progressing with her speech. I think it is because we have to start from the beginning and I am not sure how to. She will need some help from a speech therapist who will visit the house and work with both of us. We are supposed to see Doctor tomorrow but will have to see what the weather does!

I have the blinds closed to keep the heat in and also because I don't want to see all of that snow! I am going to sit here and dream of being someplace warm- on a beach with a good book - don't wake me up!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Check out our new profile picture - Saturday was the annual phone board Christmas party - my Bear is so handsome! Love you!

Life is messy...

that's simply a fact. Put five people in a home - no matter what the size - and messes happen. Dishes pile up, shoes get lost, laundry reproduces itself, garbage overflows, toys pop up in the strangest places and voila! instant mess!

Jaiden is getting her molars - I just caught her sucking on a cold packet of taco sauce from the fridge...I just followed a trail of my scrapbooking paper and ribbons to find her.

I put Jaima to bed early even though there probably won't be school tomorrow. I don't know if I could have answered one more question tonight. Her contribution to the mess? Miss Fashion Diva changes her outift at least twice every day!

Cody contains his mess to his basement living quarters - if I were to start his laundry today I still would not be done by this time next week - not exaggerating!

I will not comment on John's messes - because we are doing Love and Respect by Eggerichs. "Honey, are you not being loving to me because I was disrespectful to you?" It's become a fun way to point out when we aren't being so nice!

Me? Messy? No way! There is a place for everything - the problem is digging through everyone elses messes to get there!

I guess we will use the probable snow day tomorrow to clean up this mess! For now, we will snuggle up and not worry about it at all - because my kids will remember that I took the time to snuggle up on a cold winter's night, made hot chocolate and read books - the mess can wait til tomorrow - if we feel like it!

Friday, December 4, 2009

A fun game for a snowy day - wish they were cows though - thanks to my Auntie K for sending this to me!

Jaiden has added the word "snow" to her growing vocabulary - she loved playing outside yesterday until her hands got cold. I took pics and will upload them this weekend - I also have Halloween pics to post - haha

Cody has to take a baby doll to school next week for his adult living class. Maybe he should take Jaiden instead. A two-year-old is enough reason to wait until you are married! They have to carry around the dolls, go to the grocery store and use a budget, put them to bed, keep a routine, etc. Last year they had animatronic dolls that would cry and scream - wonder what happened to those? Probably not enough tax money to pay for them this year - HA

I am going to Jaima's school for Chat and Chew today - it's a once a month book club. We read Charlie's Raven by Jean Craighead George. The author of one of my favorite books: My Side of the Mountain. It was one of the books my mom or dad kept from their teenage years that they shared with me. I think I have read it 100 times! Anyways, I will go to the school for the lunch period and hang out with the 4th through 6th graders!

All of the dogs are in the house this morning - they will sleep all day in their "designated" areas! For those of you who know Pickles, our Yorkie, otherwise known as "feisty" or other names that are not family oriented - to see him inside in the kennel with Chloe, the Shihtzu, is hilarious! He is learning to behave and when I say "kennel" he goes right in! Someone must have hit Pickles on the head!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dear Santa:

I've been a good Mom all year. I've fed, cleaned, and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than the doctor has, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter's girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.
I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.
Here are my Christmas wishes:
I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple,which I already have) and arms that don't flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.
If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music;a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says,"yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don't fight, and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, "don't eat in the living room" and "take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don't forget the PlayDoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws' house seem just like mine.
If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don't mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn't look so cute sneaking downstairs to
eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight.
Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table, but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
Yours Always...Mom

Friday, November 27, 2009

So much to be thankful for...


After more than a year of waiting, God has answered our prayers - the roof is on the second building. We had perfect weather today. After all of the workers leave I am going to go out there and dance and PRAISE HIM!



JaidenIlo had tubes placed in her ears this morning. We had to be at the hospital at 6:45 - surgery was at 7:45 and we were home by 8:30 - we both went to bed and she woke up almost her totally happy self! She cried a lot when the anesthesia was wearing off - once we got home though she was fine. She kept saying, "Owie" - but I think that was from having her staples removed than from the actual surgery. She is napping right now - she hasn't taken an afternoon nap in weeks!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Harvest is over!

And the rains have begun. It is pouring out tonight. The kids are officially on Thanksgiving break. Five whole days to fill. Tomorrow, Cody will bring corn stalk bales home. Jaima and I will decorate for our Thanksgiving feast and bake pies. My turkey has been in the fridge for two days and is not thawing at all - might have to give it a water bath Wednesday night. I am so excited for Thursday! This year we are celebrating with our closest friends. We will have almost 20 people here. I lovelovelove to cook!

Jaiden had her pre-surgery physical today. All is well. She does have a heart murmur, but Dr. Roger says since she is so active he is not concerned and as she grows it will go away. We are still going to go to CR to have and orthopedist look at her bent pinkies. I will reschedule the appt. for December. Jaiden's pinky fingers are bent and as her hands grow they bend more. Our doctor recommended the CR doctor. I am curious to see what they might be able to do for her. Surgery for ear tubes Will be Friday.

John is out celebrating the end of harvest tonight by playing pool with some old friends. He will have to take me on a real date one of these nights - haha.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Staples...

three of them. That's what Miss JaidenIlo got today. She fell out of the semi - Daddy caught her! - but she hit her head on the step. So, Daddy brought her to Mommy in town and we went to the ER. Four hours later we were home, eating french fries from Mickey D's and watching her beloved Teletubbies. What a little trooper she is - hopefully they can take the staples out next Friday when she gets tubes put in her ears. Yes, our "baby" girl might just begin talking after her surgery - at least that's what Dr. B is hoping for - get the fluid out of her ears and see what happens. I am really looking forward to hearing her speak. If she's anything like her sister and me she will never stop once she starts!

Jenni, Emma, Jaima and I went to the Nutcracker Ballet tonight! I love Tchaikovsky - and it was a dream come true to see it on stage - Jaima and I were "oohing and aaahing" - the magic of the snow and the Sugar Plum Fairies! It was a great Girls Night Out!

Cody went on his first college visit today. He really liked the campus and class sizes. He and two friends went and they think that is where they will go next fall. Sigh, it is time for me to let him go. But I know he is in Good hands.

Harvest is almost over! What a great fall it has been, yes, it took a little longer this year, but it has been a pretty much stress-free one!

I am really going to need this weekend to catch up on housework - and get ready for our Thanksgiving Extravaganza! That's what I am calling it - it's the annual Folkerts/Whites/tenHoeves feast! Two turkeys and a ham this year!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's Complicated...

trying to explain what it's like to be a farmer's wife. You certainly can't predict when someone will be in to eat a meal. You can cook for 10 and only two will come in the house. You can cook for just you and then 8 guys will want to eat and there will be only peanut butter and no bread. HA

When I was 13 I read a book called Alabama Moon, it was one of those Silhouette teenage romance stories. This city girl, Stacy, has to move to the country and live on a dairy farm with her aunt and uncle. She meets Lane, the good looking farmboy and they fall in love. I decided right then and there that I would one day marry a farmer. 16 years later I did, and the "fairy tale" began! I am surprised John didn't break up with me when I asked him, "What is the difference between a steer and a bull?" I didn't know an input from a commodity - or a chisel plow from a cultivator. I still can't (make that won't) drive a tractor - but I can sort cattle better than any man! And I can pick a good looking breeding heifer out.

I can get up in the middle of the night and chase cows and still get up the next morning and get my kids up for school. I can cook more than Hamburger Helper. I can go to the front door and greet anyone that shows up and not be ashamed of the mess - because it's just life! I've learned that no one keeps a spotless house and no one cares if my cookies are from the store. (I am learning how to bake!)

I can look out at the fields and appreciate the hard work that my husband puts into the land. I can watch the sun rise and the sun set and know that God is good and that this is all in His hands. Thank you, God, for my farmer.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ben Franklin said "Fish and company stink after three days."

Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13 NIV)
This is one of the blessings that John and I have received, the gift of hospitality. If you come to the farm, there is always a guest - I try and keep food for the "regulars" and they all know where my stash is! Khyle and I were up til almost midnight last night on the computer - Cody went to bed early! Daddy Don is still here for harvest and shares the basement quarters with Cody. Jaima had cousins here all weekend. Bible study here on Friday - it's amazing how many different types of people God brings through our front door. (Or the garage door, if you've been here enough to know - you come through the garage and you're more than a visitor, you're family! - Plus you can see our mess!) Pastor Kent explained the gift of hospitality to me. I thought it meant having a clean house and welcoming people. He said, it's welcoming people even when your house is a mess! AMEN

Ben Franklin said "Fish and company stink after three days."
Spiritual Gift of Hospitality Defined
The spiritual gift of hospitality is the ability to welcome strangers and entertain guests, often in your home, with great joy and kindness so that they become friends. Hospitality is supposed to include one's family (1 Tim. 5:8), friends (Prov. 27:10), Christians (Gal. 6:10), and strangers who may not be Christians (Lev. 19:34).

People with the Gift of Hospitality
These people tend to have an "open home" where others are welcome to visit. This gift is often combined with the natural talents of interior design, cooking, and event planning. Importantly, hospitality is NOT to be extended to false teachers and the like, who are a danger (2 John 10-11).

Hospitality in Scripture
Jesus spent time befriending social outcasts (Matt. 11:19), often ate with His disciples, and has welcomed us into the family of God, which includes an eternal home (John 14:2) and an eternal party (Isa. 25:6-9; Rev. 19:6-9). Elders and pastors are commanded to exercise hospitality (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8). Peter enjoyed the hospitality of Simon (Acts 9:43) and Cornelius (Acts 10:48). Paul enjoyed the hospitality of Lydia (Acts 16:15) and the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:34).

Do You Have This Gift?•Do you enjoy having people in your home?
•Do you enjoy watching people meet and have fun at parties and events you helped to plan and host?
•Is your home the kind that most people feel comfortable in and drop by to visit unannounced?
•Do you feel that something is really missing in your life when you cannot have guests into your home?
•When you think of your home do you view it from the perspective of guests who will visit?
•Do you consider your home as a place of ministry?

from the website http://www.theresurgence.com/Driscoll_Spiritual_Gifts_Hospitality

Monday, November 16, 2009

Well...

here it is almost Thanksgiving! Harvest is still going - and going - but is almost over. Yields are great and not too many breakdowns! It's been pretty smooth and the rain is holding off. God is with us, and we feel His presence as we take in the bounty. He also keeps our "tempers" in check and we work together like a well-oiled machine. I cook and cook and cook and run lunches here and there!

John's parents have been here for a couple of weeks. We sure love having Daddy Don here to help. Plus, I love eating pie for breakfast with him.

I have lost my digital camera - haven't seen it since Halloween night - maybe it is in the stroller? hmmmm So, no pictures to post.

I have a test tonight in my Theology class - so I guess I better finish studying.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gonna take a break from blogging for awhile...will jump back on if there's anything newsworthy. Maybe after harvest is over! Keep up with us by phone or email!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rock star!





Here are the pics of Cody and his band, Graduating Summer, from their show on Saturday night!

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Jaiden and I watched this like 20 times in a row and we danced and laughed!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rock Star

Went to see Cody and his band play tonight - it was their first show in Waverly - and I must say I am proud of my son! He rocks! I will post pics when Hannah T sends them to me!

Thought we had a flu beat and here we go with round two - Cael and Emma are sick and I got it again. So far, the girls are doing okay. I keep telling Cody to sleep as much as he can - lol -

More later...

Friday, October 23, 2009

There were SNOWFLAKES in the air this afternoon! It is cold and damp and chilly and we are enjoying another quiet evening at home. Except the girls aren't BEING quiet - they are running around the house and giggling, which is even better!

Gail is on her way here to hang out for awhile. Some much needed girl time.

The basement water is slowly receeding. Cody will finish vacuuming it up tomorrow. For now, he has headed to what he sadly informed me will be the last football game of his senior year. The next six months are going to have lots of lasts I am afraid. Everyday, I ask God to give me the strength to let Cody go. That's what we do as mothers, we watch them grow, love them, teach them all we can and then give them back to God and let Him do the rest.

Had Bible study today with Julie and Sue. We are going to read The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.

I am still trying to figure out an effecient way to load pictures on this new computer. Might have to try it after my nap tomorrow. I plan on having a LAZY weekend.

Testing my patience...

Someone unplugged the pump that keeps the basement dry - I went down to get something and found water rushing in...in the eight years I have been here I have dealt with water down there at least 20 times - but I will not let this time push me over the edge. God does not give me anything I cannot handle. So, I will patiently wait for the pump to do it's job and I will go down and clean up the mess one more time. I am thankful that it did not get to Cody's guitars and amp. I am thankful that it is clean water. I am thankful that God has heard my prayer. I feel better now. SIGH, now back to life.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rainy Days

Rained all day today - steady rain...cold rain...the leaves look gorgeous and out of place lying on the ground - the one bright spot!

Jaima has been home from school the last couple of days - really tired and not quite herself. I am hoping she will be energized enough to go to school tomorrow.

For the first time in a long time - so long, I can't remember the last - the five of us were home alone tonight. I got to cuddle with all three of my kids - and we laughed and relaxed. We all snuggled up in the living room and watched Transformers 2 - awesome movie! - and had a great time. We are all in bed and it's 8:30. Nice. I forgot how much I really do love my family - we always have so many people here - we were living but not interacting and tonight was a nice refresher.

Jaiden got her daddy to change the channel and is making him watch DragonTales on PBS with her right now! He also read her her favorite book Won't You Be My Kissaroo - we have had to renew it twice from the library - her daddy does the voices and the kisses JUST RIGHT!

Harvest will just have to wait til God's time - when the rains stop and the sun comes back out and warms things up and dries things out - til then we wait and TRUST.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jaiden Ilo!!!!!


We got up early and Daddy wanted her to open her presents!

A high chair for her babies and...

a new tractor!

We kind of had a lazy day - went shopping with Kiersten and then took Jaiden to Olive Garden for her birthday lunch! We had a great time...tomorrow is her family and friends party. Jaima and I still need to bake the cake.

I had to buy a new desktop computer because my laptop was not worth fixing - but I got a great deal and am excited to get it set up and learn all of the tricks. I still have to recover all of the data from the laptop - well, my computer guy does! - but he won't be able to get to it til next week. Hopefully, he can save my pictures and files.

We weren't able to get in the fields today, the ground is still too wet. So, we cleaned the garage and the mud room in the basement. Mama Carolyn has a new rule - all those wearing boots or chore clothes have to go downstairs first before they come in my house! I am sure there will be consequences for breaking the law, I just can't think of them yet!

School is going great! Right now, I am writing a paper on the book of Phillipians. I asked Mom and Dad for some Bible study tools for my birthday. I have read those 4 chapters at least 8 times in the last week - and I still don't have all of the answers - lol

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Harvest

Harvest has begun - a little bit here and there - hauling manure and hay bales and lots more to keep the guys busy. Today it is misting so Dan has been helping me burn trash and work on the garage.

So, I started this about an hour ago and just got back to it - Jaiden is not feeling well - still has ear infection and has been on antibiotics- we are trying to treat each symptom individually right now instead of giving her more antibiotics - I am under the weather still as well - just can't seem to shake it - maybe I should take the doctor's advice and rest!

JaidenIlo turns TWO in Saturday! Where has time gone? Seems like only yesterday we brought her home - she sure has been a blessing to us! Made us slooooow down and appreciate life more!

I still haven't gotten my laptop fixed so I can't post pics yet - but I will soon - I took some good ones of Emma and Jaiden yesterday in the leaves.

I need to take some pics of Chloe, too - she is growing! And chewing on everything - she and the cat I got from Gerben and Julie sleep, eat and play in the kennel together - it is so funny

All for now, I feel like a good nap!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Let the blogging begin!

Deep breath...ready? OKAY!

Grandma and Grandpa White were here for a three week visit. Since it rained, they decided to go home until harvest begins. I will miss my Kitchen Fairy, but am learning to cope LOL The grandkids sure enjoyed spending time and getting to know them.

I am encouraged to keep blogging because I know that my sense of humor and faith has been an encouragement to others - what started out as a way to share pictures and farmlife with the grandparents has turned into a way for me to share my faith -

Thank you, Lord, for my girlfriends - those once upon a time complete strangers who have now become so dear to me that I cannot think of life without them! Sue was here for coffee this morning, and no one outside of the two of us could possibly understand or follow our random thoughts and conversations! but it was much needed sista time - with coffee and chocolate chip cookies and laughter and comparing "notes" and joy in answered prayer.

For some reason, God has chosen to make me a happy, joyful and exuberant woman - and no matter the circumstances, I will not be shaken - I will find the joy, because it is always in me.

My prayer for you today, is that you will find that joy that has been inside you all along - as long as He is in you, it is yours for the taking, my friend.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ok, now that I have all of the pics uploaded, I can write about what has been going on here on the farm!

It is raining again today - fall is definitely here! Now, we need it to dry out so we can get those crops in. There is a crew outside working on the shop today - insulating it and I don't know what else. They showed up at 6:45- looked the a government SWAT team arriving with all of the trucks and lights!

Last night, we went to Jaclyn's Powder Puff football game. It was supposed to be flag football, but we saw a few tackles! The WSR boys could use a few of those girls to improve their season! Homecoming game is tonight - hope it's not raining!

Cody went to the doctor this week for some bloodwork, they found out his testosterone levels were low, so we will go to a specialist in Iowa City soon to see what needs to be done. Please keep him and the doctors in your prayers. Being a teenager is hard enough, and I pray he stays focused on Senior year and the wonderful life God has planned for him.

Jaima is doing great in school - she is taking after me in Spelling, all perfect scores so far! I won the Spelling Bee back in second grade and still have my little trophy I won. I love that she is so excited about school! She enjoys math as well. Tuesdays nights she has dance class - she came home last week and told me she got to move to the back row - she's one of the "experienced dancers" now -

Hope you enjoy the pictures I've posted...read on for the Many Adventures of the Crazy, Mixed Up, but Totally Okay with it - White Family!

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Cael James, our little miracle, going for a touchdown, hard to believe it was almost a year ago that he was lying in the ICU.


John (right) and Jim, watching the game, I love how they just go together like peas and carrots!

Terrible Twos...


ATT-IT-TUDE!

I was standing right behind her, doing the dishes, I turned around and found this mess - and she got mad at ME - she cleaned up the mess and went to time out - she has spent a lot of time in the little red chair!

I think she has gotten worse since I weaned her - and I am sure we will survive this phase - although it makes it difficult to leave her with others, we always say, "Don't take your eyes off her, and be prepared to run because she's FAST!" Don't even ask what happened to both of our laptops in one day - let's just say I had to find two of our old monitors to hookup to them until the new parts arrive.

She won't drink cow's milk, so we give her cheese and yogurt and juice with added calcium. We have locks on the refrigerators now so she can't steal juice boxes when we aren't looking. She sounds like a terror - huh? I think it's because she is spoiled rotten and everyone babies her - in fact, she doesn't talk yet, because everyone talks for her - sigh...and I wanted 10 kids!

Last week, she was teething - getting her 2 year molars - had a temp of 103, a rash and was quite uncomfortable - but the funny thing is, she smiled through it all - and was always trying to make us laugh - that's what makes this all a blessing -

Homecoming Week!


Cody and Lance - second year dressing up as Star Wars storm troopers!

Monday was All One Color day - so Cody wore and orange jail jumpsuit! I laughed and laughed - he is so funny and creative!

I didn't take a pic today - it was spirit day - he wore a homecoming shirt, yellow and black shorts and black tights - I wish I had been that involved in school, but I was too busy trying to prove to the world that I was a grown up - haha

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday - Work Day!


Cody is downstairs in the basement painting the walls. We had to remove all of the wallpaper because of mold and water damage - and he painting KILZ on it. Tomorrow we will paint the second coat and also paint the concrete floors. I cleaned the kitchen down there and mopped - I will do the bathrooms tomorrow with the girls - they need to learn how to scrub toilets HAHAHAHAHAHA - Cody should be able to move down there by mid-week. We are also going to build him a "stage" for his guitar equipment - I will probably regret that because of the noise - but he only has a few years left at home and then I know I will miss his rockin' out.

Jaima and Jaclyn are painting, too - Jaima is loving it - and is actually the best painter of us all! Jaiden just put her hands on the walls and got paint all over herself and then cried because she didn't understand what happened!

Jaiden has not been herself the past few days - fever, lethargic, vomiting- teeth pain - and only wants to cuddle with her mommy and daddy - which we are loving, because usually she is so busy and won't let us hold her! - she is doing better this afternoon and is drinking and eating a little.

I am trying to watch IPTV - a quilting show - but this digital TV is terrible! It never comes in consistently - I might have to buy a better antennae.

John and Andrew are outside cleaning out a grain bin - then it's chore time - and I will throw something together for supper when I feel like it - lol -for now, I will watch this quilting show and wish I had asked Grandma Wagner how to quilt!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Building Update


We have one hoop building completed. As you can see in the pic, the second one is still waiting for a roof, walls, gates, etc. I tell people, "We will get to it when we get to it." LOL - for now, we have all we can handle, and I am sure that building will be complete and cattle will be in it when God is ready to provide that for us!(Oh, and Gerben, those are your cows hahahaha!)

What else is new? The kids and I have activities almost everyday of the week. I love our schedule. We use the chalkboard wall to keep track of what's for dinner, homework and school schedules, activities and love notes and words of encouragement. You should consider chalkboard paint on an empty wall - it is one of the best craft projects I have ever done! We have to keep track of dance, 4H, AWANAS, Wednesday night and Sunday church activities, and I just got accepted into a college program to earn my degree in Theology! I am so excited about that! I will also be finishing up my Christlife third course this fall as well. BUSY BUSY BUSY

Harvest is just around the corner, and we just found out John's parents will be visiting next week. We know we can handle anything because God has promised us that, "We can do all things through Him who strengthens us!" Philipians 4:13.
Matthew 5:37 (New International Version)
"Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one."

A friend has told me today that I am too much of a people pleaser - and I was reminded of the above Scripture. Why can't I tell someone, "No." when I really don't feel like a visit? Or, "Yes, please, I would like some more chocolate and I don't care if my hips are too big!"?

Loving God - first priority. Loving myself and my husband and my kids - that's number two. If I don't take care of me, I can't take care of them. If I don't spend time with my Creator, I can't appreciate what He has created- ME and this family and the home we have made despite some pretty trying circumstances. I love how we have eked out our own little place in the Universe and it's all ours. Rules and traditions we got to pick and try to follow - lol.

So, let your yes be a resounding YES and if you want to say no - let it be a firm no - I really believe that God wants us to live life and fully enjoy it - Jesus said, "I came so that you might have life and live it abundantly (to the full.)" John 10:10 -

Are you ready to live that with me, my friends?

Saturday, September 5, 2009



Jaiden and her new fish - she is eating Spaghettio's for breakfast- the ones that didn't fit in Jaima's thermos- wholesome - huh? John and I have never seen her eat so well - now that she's weaned! The bottle is empty - she likes to play with them.

Jaima and our first cucumber - it took until September for it to grow and we planted them before Memorial Day - crazy.

Pouring concrete out back -John, Jim, Dan and Ronnie.

If you are a Star Wars fan you will think that Chloe looks like an Ewok - she is such a great puppy! I love watching her chase the girls in the yard.

My hormone levels are returning to "normal" - and I am slowly emerging from my stupor - am feeling much better physically and mentally - and am enjoying seeing Jaiden respond to her world in a different way now - one not centered on nursing! lol

It's done...

JaidenIlo is weaned. I know, I know...but she is my last and I really loved the special time we had together. Of course, my smiley girl took it in stride. Me, I'll be okay. She now grabs her blanket and crawls up on my lap for cuddle time- I like that.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Progress!

Life is moving along in an orderly fashion - and that is a great thing! The puzzle pieces are starting to fit- and the family is working like a well-oiled machine! For us, Fall is a time of regeneration - pulling it together - or pulling up our britches and gettin'to work...

The concrete is poured out back so it will be easier to clean pens and bring in feed. John has begun to build a commodities shed to house our feed and gluten. We are weaning calves - you have never heard anything so pitiful as a calf bawling for his mama! (Unless it's me, begging John for something! haha)

We are busy with dance class, AWANAS, church, back-to-school activities, etc etc

Off I go!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Chloe's home!


Chloe Elizabeth is 6 weeks old - she is housebroken already! She has slept with Jaima at night - and loves to cuddle!

Back to School!


Cody's first day of Senior year - yeah, I cried when he walked out the door, like a baby- SO!

Jaima took this pic of John and me.

Jaima's first day of second grade!

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They didn't load the way I wanted them to - but here's the scoop: Jaima decided she was going to set up shop at the corner of our driveway and sell some jewelry she had made. She also brought out cookies and lollipops. Neighbor Stan was the first to make a purchase. Then Dad showed up - with empty pockets - and Cody put in an appearance as well - all for the Drama Queen and her big ideas! She sat out there forever waiting for cars to go by - I didn't have the heart to tell her it wouldn't be like the kids in town!



More fair pics

Cael and the chicken (R.I.P.) he caught at the scrambles. His dogsd ate it a day or two after he got it home!

Jaiden and I after she caught her bunny!

We took a trip to Fontana Park in Buchanan County to celebrate back to school. It's located in Hazleton. There are also lots of Amish stores and farms to visit - but I would recommend not taking kids - lol! This picture is of JaidenIlo looking at the duck pond - she loved them - Cael knew all the duck breeds.
When I uploaded this I thought it was a different picture - Jaima had fun running around looking at all of the rescued animals- skunks, rabbits, bears, cougars, raccoons, owls, eagles and lots more!

Cael, Jaima and Jaiden at the museum at Fontana Park. They had lots of hands on displays, a real bee hive, a butterfly garden, monarch butterfly breeding and a beautiful walkway with a view of the river and a neat bridge.

Jaiden and her bunny that she caught at the rabbit scrambles at the fair - she ran around yelling, "KITTY!KITTY!" til we caught one!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Let's play catch up, shall we?

I hope I can remember all I wanted to share! It's finally back to school time and I instantly put us all back on routines: bedtime, after school, morning, chores, naptime etcetc and life is good! I love summer, but I love fall and the school year even more!

It has rained a lot and the weather is cool - only 61 degrees right now.

It figures, Jaiden just woke up, so I will have to blog later!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Meet Chloe...


(photo by Busch Photography, Shell Rock)

This is Chloe, and she will be joining our family on August 21st! She is a Shitzhu puppy and I can't wait to get her home. It has been a long time since I have had my own "baby" in the house. Patches ran away last November, and I am finally ready to give my heart away - lol.

So, Jaiden and Chloe will begin potty training at the same time - how easy will that be?

John is at the fair picking up the cattle this morning, then off to church. It is potluck Sunday, so I need to go cook something!

Friday, August 7, 2009


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A very busy and tired girl - and a wonderful week at the fair!

Cody placed 4th overall at the Grand Champion selection Thursday night. This is the steer that won Bremer County Born and Raised - Cody has won this title at least 5 times and gotten Reserve Grand twice.

Jaclyn congratulating Cody!

The ribbon - he also received a trophy plaque and a director's chair with the Title on it - I think it's his 6th chair!

It takes a lot of strength to lead a 1309lb. steer around.