Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

And we're off...

Running the rat race of another day. I am just taking a minute to catch my breath. It's 8:30 and I feel like I've already done 8 hours! A semi just pulled in to load feeder steers. John's already taken a load of corn to the ethanol plant. We've got meetings. I have a test tonight for my class. Laundry. Laundry. Laundry.

So, I'm having a cup of coffee and catching my breath...instead of gasping for air. Sometimes you've just got to step back and access the situation. It's a bright, sunny day - thank you, Lord! Everyone is healthy again - thank you, Lord!

Jaiden is up, so we will build castles and read books and practice writing her name. The FUN stuff. Thank you, Lord, for letting me stay home and be a mommy most of all!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bald Eagles

I love this website - live bald eagle cam, click on the Ft. St. Vrain one, the Decorah eggs haven't hatched yet - my Aunt K sent me this a few weeks ago - the first ones have hatched! The nest is huge and I could watch them for hours - but of course, real life calls...

Lysol and bleach

For weeks, the two White houses have been battling fever, sore throats, coughs and other various ills. I woke up today with a fever and sore throat - third week in a row! So, I've been bombing the house with Lysol and bleach trying to kill these bugs! I really should just go back to bed, but it is so beautiful outside. The sun is so bright and I can see a little bit of green in the yard. I can hear John in the skid loader. He'll soon be in for his eggs and bacon and coffee. Chase, Cody's roommate, just left for school. Cody will be coming upstairs in a few minutes and I will get a few sweet moments of time alone with him. In spite of the ickies, life is good.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Life


No, this isn't Mama! Billy was a little confused on who to get his breakfast from. That's a steer, Billy!

For a few weeks all we've heard from JaidenIlo is, "Daddy, you bring me new baby cow?" "Not today, honey."

Well, sometime last night Ilo got her wish. Meet Billy. He didn't know how to drink, so John and I got Mama SallieMae situated and gave Billy a lesson on milking! I can't wait to tell Danielle that I milked a cow! He finally got the hang of it. And I feel blessed to have had a beautiful morning in the barn with my man.

Even though he shot me in the eye with milk. And sat in the manure. And I have to wash his clothes. I love that man!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pause...

A few weeks (months?) ago, I hit the "pause" button on my life. I stayed home and focused on my family. My life was going a zillion miles an hour. I never finished anything. Laundry was piled up higher than the washer, and I was miserable. I was trying to please everyone else. And when Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Thus, the big pause, as I like to call it.

Sure, friend's feelings were hurt. Some thought I had lost my mind. But what I gained was sweet peace. Control of my home. Rejuvenation. And it was so worth it. Even though I gained about ten pounds from chocolate and Gardettos. Anybody ever had the cake balls they make at Starbucks? I bought some bigger pants.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Best Organizer EVER!

and it's free!

I'm notorious for writing lists...and leaving them behind or losing them, or forgetting about them entirely.

This site the pocket mod is a free, foldable sheet that you can customize for the stuff you like to keep track of everyday. It folds down to the size of a a 3x5 card! Try it, you may like it!

Now, I'm really going to bed. And to my friends I have been negelecting unintentionally: yes, I really am that busy - I am so focused on hubby, kids and farm right now, that I hardly get to think of the world beyond my barnyard! Someday, it will slow down, until then, stop by or call. It will give me a chance to take a break!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Just got home from Waterloo. Celebrated Mom's 50something bday with pizza, cake and ice cream. Dad got her an iPad, so I spent some time helping her get that set up. Hope she enjoys hers as much as I do mine!

What a busy busy week - I am exhausted! Had to clean carpets today after all of the muddy boots, dogs and kids have run through my house. Tomorrow is laundry all day -hubby had no clean socks - and I got the LOOK. lol Shel came up this week and helped me sort through tons of the girls clothes - the rest will be donated to a charity garage sale for a teen mission team.

Niece and nephew here for the weekend - so we will take BB guns out tomorrow and work on our prolific pigeon population. Splash in the mud (at least that's what we tell them it is, personally I call it "poop soup") and them come in for hot chocolate. Not sure what the weather will be like. We need one more good freeze so we can finish hauling manure!

The planter is hooked up to the tractor in the yard. Hopefully, we'll be in the field by April 15. That's not that far away! I've already gotten my garden planned and can't wait to dig in the dirt.

Sis-in-law got me some cake balls from Starbucks...one bite and I was hooked - but I better wait til tomorrow to indulge because I had cake at Mom's tonight - you gotta go get you some of those cake balls, though - get me one too while you're at it!

My sleepnumber bed (I'm a 45) is calling me - so sweet dreams my blogworld friends...

I smell like poop...

manure, that is. Went out at 6:30 to check on John and Dan. They are hauling manure because the ground is partially frozen. Sitting here at my computer I can smell that sweet odiferous smell. The smell of money. lol

The girls are sleeping. Jaima wasn't feeling well before bed. I am letting her sleep in and will check on her in a bit to see if she is able to go to school. Lots of strep and other springtime ickies going around. Jaiden sleeps until 8 or so each morning, which is nice, because it gives an hour of quiet time.

Last semester of INSTE, so I will get my Level One Certificate in Ministry Training in June. My final is May 2nd. I have applied at Northwestern College in St. Paul. For the summer semester. I will be able to finish my AA degree online. Then I will continue with a BA in Biblical Studies. My goal? To teach at Wartburg someday. But I will pace myself, because Jaiden doesn't start school for two years. Another goal is to begin a women's ministry and hold seminars.

So, this isn't witty or even newsworthy, but I blogged, and will try to do so more consistently. This is a record of our lives: the celebrations, the ups and downs, the hard work and the occasional mess up.

Jaiden just woke up and said, "Will you read me a bedtime story?" How sweet. And I will,because some things are too precious to miss all in the name of busy-ness.