16Jun
Father'sDay

Life Lesson No. 10 – The Goodness of the Lord.

In our latest Farm Wife podcast we talk about a subject that we have discussed at great lengths “off-air,” but never “on-air,” Emily’s exciting news (I am so happy for their family!) and my battle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  I can honestly say without the support of these two, incredible farm moms, I would have lost this battle a long time ago. I am blessed to call them friends.

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13Jun
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Life Lesson No. 9 – Pea Pickin’

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut peas.  It’s comparable to the smell of fresh cut grass or even alfalfa, but it’s 1,000 times better! It’s delightful. Last night, Braden brought home a cooler full of freshly picked peas from the 55 acre field Ron commercially grows for Del Monte.

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4Jun
Don't point that finger at me, mister! He's good at giving orders...

Lesson No. 7 – It Takes a Village.

Since before he can remember, all my husband Braden ever wanted to do was farm.  He started farming full time at an early age starting with the carpet in the living room of the farm house we live in today. Debbie, my mother-in-law, never had to worry too much about where Braden was because she could hear the “noises” the machinery was making while Braden was discing, planting, spraying and harvesting…

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29May
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Life Lesson No. 6 – Compassion, Humor and Style.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a recovering farm broadcaster.  Almost a year ago, I made one of the hardest decisions to-date. I left my dream job as AgriBusiness Director for 1470 WMBD and 1290 WIRL in Peoria and accepted a position at LG Seeds as their Marketing Coordinator. It was a big step, but at the time, it felt like it was a step in the right direction for many reasons. While I dearly miss farm broadcasting and the people I worked with, LG has been a great learning experience that has given me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. My new role has also enabled me to try new things like blogging and podcasting…

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15May
Nathan and Brooke! Aren't they adorable?

Lesson No. 4 – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life.

In our community, May is filled with many events, prom, family birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduations and confirmations. Proud parents and grandparents share these Hallmark moments through Facebook. Two weekends ago, I took prom pictures of our friend’s daughter and her boyfriend. It’s so much fun to see all of the kids in the community spiffed up and ready for a night out on the town. It also reminds me how old I am as I attended my first prom nine years ago – crazy how time flies! Seems like only yesterday…

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4May
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Life Lesson No. 2 – The Best is Yet to Come.

A wise person once told me, “Experience is what we get, when we don’t get what we want.” It is a mantra I carry with me every day that also applies to life as a farmer. Drought, flooding, strong winds, hail, insect invasions, resistant weeds and plant diseases are all experiences that can happen throughout the growing season.  No two years are ever the same and good or bad, each year is an experience…

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