We've hit week 3 of this new lifestyle and routine. The boys are up each more (way earlier than I would like but that's beside the point), eat breakfast and are out the door to feed our small herd of bottle calves before making the rounds with Derek to check on all our momma and … Continue reading Week 3: The New Normal Amid COVID-19
Editor's Note: This is my weekly update on life on the farm amidst the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. When we wake up Monday morning we will be under a state-wide, stay-at-home order. Not much will change from our current routine, but things have certainly become more real, more sobering and more uncertain. The farm didn't stop … Continue reading Social Distancing on the Farm
I am privileged to not only work for a member of Congress who serves on the House agriculture committee but has made agriculture one of his top priorities. But when the days is done, I get to come home to the farm and move into my most cherished role of mother and wife. It's no … Continue reading When Times Get Tough Don’t Forget the Spouses
Every month I receive a paycheck, each one the same as the month prior. It's guaranteed as long as I'm employed. But my farmer husband isn't as fortunate. There are no guaranteed paydays and there's no guessing what the pay will be when it arrives in his bank account. That's what makes farming risky but … Continue reading How Do Farmers Get Paid?
Sunday is Mother's Day and will mark just over 6 years of my time as a mother. I have two boys - Evan, age 6, and Owen, age 3 - and being their mother is both the most difficult and rewarding job I have. I've learned a lot while raising two boys and I've slowly … Continue reading Thoughts from a Farm Mom
So if you haven't been following along, please allow me to summarize our winter thus far: cold, mud, snow, repeat. Not kidding. It's been one of the coldest, wettest - and therefore muddiest - winters we've had and because we raise cattle, the farmer hubs is outside everyday checking our mother and baby cows. He … Continue reading What Does the Farmer Wear?
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
My farmer hubs proposed to me almost one year to the day after our first date. Whether he would admit it or not, I knew we would get married about six months in. I spent the next six months waiting for him to pop the question. After we were engaged my farmer explained that he … Continue reading The Seasons of Farming
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
I participate in a lot of tours. Normally I'm planning a tour for my boss or I'm hosting a tour on my farm for city folks. But today I sat back, relaxed and enjoyed touring Phillips County, Kansas, with a group of smart, caring and awesome ladies who simply want to make their businesses and … Continue reading Girl Power and Girl Bosses