Life Lessons


Life Lesson No. 16 – Taking It Personally.

My mom has been a cardiac nurse for over 30 years now. She currently works in the outpatient part of a cardiac cath lab at a hospital in Peoria. She preps and recovers patients who are in for outpatient cardiac procedures, blood transfusions, etc. When her patients first arrive, she has to ask them a series of questions, you know the ones I’m talking about, and you’ve most likely heard them all before. What current medications are you taking, how long since you last ate a meal, etc.? The one in particular that sticks out most in my mind and most people scoff at when she asks it is, “Do you feel safe in your home or feel threatened in any way?” For most people, the answer is “no.” But, if we were to take that question out of context and apply it to family farms and production agriculture, I think the answer would be a resounding “YES!”

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LIVE Lesson No. 14 – Confessions Unplugged and On-Stage!

Hello friends! I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to share this podcast with you.  Just over a week ago, Holly, Emily, and I had the opportunity to take our podcast on the road and share with women of all ages at the 2015 Women in Agriculture Conference at Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island. From gaining a new perspective on what the next 5 years of farming is going to look like from Dr. David Kohl in the morning, to visiting with friends we hadn’t seen in a while to “podcasting,” on stage, live, in front of a ballroom full of women (did I mention, we were on stage, with microphones?), we had a wonderful time.

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Life Lesson No. 13 – Lifetime Guarantee.

Over the past few months, I’ve been more of an observer on social media than a participant.  This is partially due to the overwhelming (but extremely rewarding) choice of becoming an Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor. It is also because I’m a perfectionist, so naturally, any spare time has been spent working on lesson plans, learning from amazing teacher mentors, FFA activities, and every so often, sleeping…

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This is an image posted with permission and created by my great friend, Erin Ehnle, she's pretty amazing and you can follow her on Facebook -

Life Lesson No. 11 – A New Chapter. A New Lesson.

Before I share some news, I must admit I am ashamed! It has been almost 2 whole months since I last blogged. Terrible! This summer has flown by in the blink of an eye. Somewhere in the middle of this mass chaos we call summer on the farm, a new opportunity presented itself I am very excited about. Nervous, but excited…

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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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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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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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Life Lesson No. 5 – Small Town Syndrome.

On our first date, a blind date mind you, Braden was very blunt, but honest. He said, “If you don’t plan on living in the Spring Lake Bottoms and farming for the rest of your life, this is our first and only date.”

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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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