Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

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!