Whirlwind and Underwear

It sure has been a whirlwind since we sold the dairy cows last month!  We are still trying to adjust without them.  We have our good days and our bad days. In the mix of it all, I went to Honduras to teach women how to sew useable hygiene items. AND – my sister and I…

Finding Purpose in Honduras

Writer’s block.  That’s what happened.  I sat at the computer, wanting to describe Honduras last week, and the screen starred back at me.  Blank.  No words to be spoken.  Maybe because I wasn’t ready to talk about it because I hadn’t fully processed it, and as I type this, I am still not sure I…

The Last Milking

This – THIS is what it looks like when a 4th generation family farm milks their cows in the barn for the VERY last time.  A very gut-wrenching and heartbreaking moment.  Tonight, the last cow on Patnode Lane was milked.  Tomorrow morning, the alarm will go off early – 4:30 a.m., to board our dairy…

ONE WORD RESOLUTION

New Year’s Resolutions.  We all have this sort of love hate relationship with them.  On one side of the spectrum, we are all excited to change something in our lives that make it better.  To form a new habit, or get rid of an old habit.  To bring some sort of meaningful change to our…

I Can’t Explain It—

My husband and I recently went to Honduras with a group from our church to drill a well in a community that didn’t have running water.  Upon returning home from our trip, everyone’s first question was: “How was your trip?”  the second question, “Did you get them clean water?” While these two questions seem like they…

A Picture May Say A Thousand Words… BUT –

Christmas is a little over a week away, and one of my favorite things leading up to Christmas is checking the mail for all of the Christmas cards sent to us from family and friends.  I also smile when I see that almost every Christmas card we receive has a professional family picture taken, complete…

That Terrifying Night—

I’ll never forget that night.  I was 17 weeks pregnant with my first.  I stood in the kitchen slicing vegetables for supper.  I stopped, stared at the knife in my hands and thought, “I wonder what would happen if I cut my baby out.  Would the baby be ok?  What if I just took this…

Journaling Infertility

I have journaled since the age of 14.  Almost every single day.  What started out as “Dear Diary” entries in my Lisa Frank Journal as a teenager, with a lock and key of course, recently turned in to “Dear God” journal entries and prayers.  I can look back and read about freshman year gossip, fights…

Pinning the Perfect Wedding, While Forgetting to Plan for Marriage~

There are over one billion Pinterest users, who have pinned over 50 billion items.  According to a survey carried out by Mashable and The Knot, an incredible 70% of Pinterest users admit to having wedding planning boards before they are even engaged!  And once a woman says “YES” to a proposal, that same survey found that 89%…

Please Stop Asking This Question-

It never fails.  A couple falls in love, they say their wedding vows, come back from their honeymoon, and before they have even had a chance to upload all of their honeymoon pictures to Facebook, someone asks, “So, when are you two going to start having kids?”  Wait…. WHAT?!?! While this may seem like an…

Real Life Fairytale

And they lived happily ever after….. I wonder what Cinderella’s next chapter looked like.  Her fairy-tale ending.  This morning, as the sun peeked in the window and the birds were singing, I snuggled in next to my husband, and thought to myself, “Today is going to be a beautiful day.”  I remembered that on this…

So, You Fell in Love With a Farmer

So, you fell in love with a farmer.  Hey, I get it.  It will be 18 years ago this July that I fell in love with my farmer.  Interestingly enough our love story started in a dairy barn at the local county fair while he was showing Holsteins through FFA.  Sounds like the perfect romantic…