It was one year ago this week that we received the news that our boys would not be returning to school after spring break. The news was life-altering and sobering and was the first of many "endings" we experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Like many big events, the Kansas Farm Bureau 2020 Annual Meeting is moving online. That's bad new for those of us who enjoy connecting with long-lost farm friends during the meeting. But it's good news for everyone who has wanted to - and tried - to attend the meting but can't seem to get away … Continue reading Kansas Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Goes Virtual – Join Us!
Moms often get the credit for multi-tasking and balancing work and family. And they should. I know tons of rock-star moms doing it all. But the picture above pretty well illustrates just how hard my husband has been working to care for both his farm and his children. We're on week 7 of our coronavirus … Continue reading Week 7: Dad Doing Work
Week 4 of our new normal and social distancing was capped off with Easter baskets and Evan's 7th birthday. Family Life Evan John is our oldest and our sweet, caring and studious child. He has a heart of gold, a memory like a steel trap and a love for the farm. After Easter sunrise service … Continue reading Week 4: Birthdays and Easter Bunnies
It's #SmallBusinessWeek and while we all stop to lift up the downtown shop or local manufacturing company, farms often are not part of the business landscape we celebrate because those outside of farming don't see what we do as a business. But for many communities and states - like Kansas - farming and agriculture is … Continue reading The Business of Farming
During the winter months we have a lot of mouths to feed on the farm. More than 500 to be exact. That makes dinner a big deal and important part of the farmer hub's day. We put a lot of time and attention into the feed for our cattle because, just as in humans, proper … Continue reading The Dish on Dinner Time
Calving season at Sawyer Land & Cattle is often a lesson in genetics. While most of our new babies are black or black with white on its face, we occasionally get a surprise, or a calf that makes you question who the dad is. Like humans, cattle have dominate and recessive traits that determine hide … Continue reading Who’s Your Daddy? (Farm Style)
As a working mother of two boys who is married to a farmer with an 80-plus-hour-a-week job, I am instantly drawn to the articles or Ted Talks that promises to deliver the secrete to work-life balance. I'm always searching for it, wondering if I've made it and then, sadly, realizing I may never find it. … Continue reading Work-Life Balance, Farm Style
This week has been dedicated to the service and remembrance of President George H.W. Bush. And rightfully so, he was a great leader and great man. I was in grade school when President Bush (#41) was in the White House so my memory of him is faint. But when I think of President Bush I … Continue reading Remembering the Greatest Generation – And Raising the Next
To say it's a bad time to be a farmer would be an understatement the size of the grain piles dotting the Kansas landscape. During the past few years farming has become a losing proposition. Grain prices are down, international rhetoric and negotiations have killed export opportunities and a drought has made it nearly impossible … Continue reading Taking Care of our Farmers