It’s Our Life

We’re farmers. Cattle and grain. It’s in my husband’s blood. It’s his passion. It’s not easy, most days it’s really hard. There isn’t such a thing as downtime, unless it’s raining.

We don’t get sick pay. Or maternity/paternity leave. There are no paid vacation days. Actually, we don’t have much chance for vacations. And if we do go, we’re paying a family member or neighbor to feed cows. It’s cold, wet, dirty, or hot work. It’s sun up to sun down most days of the year. It’s high costs of new machinery and parts. It’s good grain prices and low cattle prices or vice versa. It’s kids that don’t see their Daddy all day. It’s me not seeing my husband for more than 10 minutes in 24 hours. It’s a lot of sacrifices and being broke for much of a year.

But, it’s freedom with no boss. It’s family dates in the truck driving through gorgeous pastures to check cows. It’s that first newborn calf in the barn. It’s a whole huge yard to explore. It’s baby kittens in the Spring. It’s walks down a gravel road. It’s the rush of moving cattle to different pastures. It’s the combine filling up with grain every Fall. It’s the amazing feeling of seeding being complete in the Spring.

It’s hardships and happiness. It’s wealth and poor. It’s good weather and bad. It’s aggravating and amazing. It’s smiles and tears.

It’s our life and I wouldn’t change it.

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Summer Round Here

I haven’t blogged on months. And months. I sometimes don’t think what happens around here is newsworthy to anyone but us.

We’ve had a busy, happy, fun, and sometimes sad summer so far.

June is a busy month with fun activities. Rodeo, demo derby, and a local fair. All of which we managed to get Brad to come with us to. Quality family time and good memories. Complete with a fantastic fireworks show.

July found us expecting our third child!! So excited and I’m not feeling too bad over all. Colin and Hannah are very happy that there is a baby in my belly. Colin swears he can feel it!
Brad also lost his last grandparent in July. His Grandma had lived a long life and we were relieved she went peacefully. It was a good time to reminisce and visit with a lot of his extended family that we don’t see often.

August has been a slower month so far but not for long as the fields are ripening every day. A week or two at the most and we’ll be combining this beautiful looking crop.
I lost my great grandpa earlier this month but he was ready to go see my great grandma in heaven. He didn’t suffer too much and I got to see him before he passed and for that I am grateful. I enjoyed seeing my Dad’s side of the family for a few days.
At the end of the month is my first ultrasound and I can’t wait to see this beautiful little baby.

I hope you’ve also had an enjoyable summer.

Making Memories

Every year for the past 51 years there has been a Christmas party for all the neighboring families at the little one room school a mile from our farm. My husband used to go when he was a kid and his Mom when she was a young girl. Now our kids get to go. In fact, my husband’s Grandfather used to attend school there.

It was built in 1914 and so we are trying to plan a big 100 year party for summer 2014. I hope it’s a huge success.

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We have a big potluck supper and desserts which everyone enjoys. Once supper is done, Santa comes in and hands out a present to each and every kid there. It’s such a joy to see each face light up as they hear their name called! After everyone gets their present, Santa gives the kids a treat bag and we try for a big group shot of all the kids. Young babes to teens are all welcome and share in the magic of the season.

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I can’t wait to take my kids every year while they live at home. And maybe someday the 5th generation of this family, our grandkids, will partake in this magical party. Merry Christmas!

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George, the Stuffed Deer Head

For as long as I’ve lived here, there has been a stuffed deer taking up valuable wall space right in my living room. I’ve griped and complained but to no avail. And yes I know I live in Saskatchewan. On a farm no less. And married a guy who hunts. But really?!?! Right in the living room??? Why not in the garage? Or out in one of his THREE shops? It ruins any possible decor I could have going on in here. And this year it looks like he’s eating my Christmas tree. Or kissing it. No, I’m not joking. Just have a look at this…

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Update: George has been removed from the wall. I wanted him in the burning barrel but husband decided the basement would be better. My Christmas tree will stay up year round to keep that deer head off the wall.

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Stormy Winter Days

This is what it looks like out my front window at 5:00pm today. And it’s only going to get worse through the night.

 

This coming storm is also combined with both my kids being sick. This means we are hunkered down and hibernating at home. We haven’t went anywhere for four days and don’t have plans to leave anytime soon. So we played and laughed and cried and coughed and napped today.

Do your kids like sitting in their toybox? Because mine do. They methodically throw all the toys out and then park their little rears in there and talk and play with toys they haven’t seen in a while.

Sometimes it’s a test to my patience to stay home with them for days. And not see or really talk to an adult human being. But I’m trying. REALLY trying! It’s a little harder when they are sick because none of us sleeps much. So I try to love and cuddle and fill the days with crafts and just pass the time in constructive ways.

And here’s my sick little cuddlebug baby girl.

 

There will be more storms. And more sicknesses in this household. And we’ll be fine. We will stay home and love each other and fight with each other. Cause that’s how our family works.

 

The Best of Times

I am in love with the ages my kids are. They are both so funny and happy and unique. Each day they do or say something that makes my heart melt and puts a smile on my face. Sure my 3 year old son has tantrums and unreasonable expectations of having candy throughout the day. And my 18 month old daughter gets her feelings hurt and always wants to steal her older brother’s toys. But we make it through more days with laughter and smiles than crying and yelling. And I’m grateful for that.

 

For Halloween Colin was a dragon and Hannah was an owl. And they both looked so stinkin cute! Colin would “Roar” at everyone as soon as he put his costume on. He also would say “Trick or Treat. Give me something good to eat.” at some houses. Hannah’s trick or treat sounded totally intelligble. It was cold on Halloween but we had fun and the kids got some good candy. I had to test it out before giving to them!

 

 

Colin has recently been telling me about his dreams after his nap or in the morning. They are so interesting and fantastical. He told me in one dream he was driving a car and Hannah was in the back in her seat. I wonder where they were going! I’m learning so much from them and enjoying just being their Mom. I am so proud of all Colin is learning to do and feel such joy as he does something for the first time all by himself. Hannah is my cuddlebug and I’ll never get enough of her kisses, hugs and “lub you”s. I am loving this time and trying to enjoy each day with them.

 

 

I wish they could stay little and at home with me forever. I think I’ll go kiss them right now.

Growing My Family

This is my first really personal blog post so go easy on me! I have some big decisions to make in the next few months. I’m really struggling with the option to have more kids or to leave our little family at 4.

We have a son who is almost 3 and an 18 month old daughter. So my husband calls us the “million dollar” family and says I should leave it at that. Most days, I want more. In my head I picture a bigger family. We have the space and I have the time and love. On our really bad days, I do not want anymore children.

I think about this nearly everyday. Sometimes all day. I have a few people that say yea go for it. But there are also those who say no more kids than you have hands. I’m blessed to be able to even think these thoughts. Some women have been trying to get pregnant once for years and years.

Why do these family decisions have to be so hard?! What are your thoughts on this?

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A Brave Boy

This is my first really combined post. I want to write about my family and the farm. Because my little boy went for dental surgery and it was a tough day. But the evening was beautiful.

My 2YO had teeth pulled yesterday along with some caps and fillings. All this due to a sippy cup of milk at bedtime for over a year. Yes, we’ve learned our lesson. Yes, we feel terrible about it.

By the time supper rolled around last night he was talking more and getting back to normal. So we decided to check the cows in their new pasture and the crops around our home farm.

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He really enjoyed himself out in the truck with us. It was a nice relaxing time that we all enjoyed. A beautiful summer evening.

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We had to go on a wild goose chase through the pasture to find one of my cows. She’s pretty old and has a hurt back leg. I was scared she’d be found dead but she was laying nicely beside slough. Just cooling off and enjoying the evening.

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We also found two duck nests snuggled right into the ground. They were only a foot apart and both full of eggs. One more covered with straw and feathers but both protected. I could count 9 eggs in the one nest.

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After our pasture visit we drove around and looked at our crops. The heat has been strong here for a couple weeks and no rain. It looks like some of the crops are burning in the heat. So we checked our canola and it looks AWESOME!

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So go enjoy a nice summer evening drive or even a walk. It just may cheer someone in your family up.

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The Love of My Life

I’ve been married for almost four years and with my husband for almost nine years. He is my complete opposite but we go together great. I can’t imagine my life without him. He is the father of our two little ones and I wouldn’t have chosen anyone different.

Last July we found out he has a heart condition. It’s called Wolfe Parkinson White syndrome and it means he has an extra electrical valve. So his heart races fast and slows right down. It simply doesn’t beat properly or pump blood properly. It was a scary weekend last July that he spent in the hospital.

Now we got the call that he is to go in the hospital this week to have this valve burned off. There is a small chance he will need a Pacemaker if they burn both valves by accident. And I of course dwell on the bad. I am a constant worrier and I can’t seem to help it. I don’t show my worrying around my kids but it’s always there. Especially in the dead of night as I try to sleep.

I can’t imagine my life without this man. He is the best part of us and the best daddy to our kids. He works hard and always finds a way to support our family. I try to appreciate him always but some days love gets sidetracked by kids and mundane household chores.

If you read this, please think a good thought or a little prayer for my soul mate. He means the world to me. He is the love of my life.

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