Tuesday, October 1, 2013

9 Years Old

This little man turns 9 today!!
I can't believe that 9 years have passed since this wonderful little boy
at 9 pounds 8 ounces entered our world.
John is such a blessing to our family.
He is loving 3rd grade (and actually would rather be at school than helping at home or hanging out with Mom and Dad on a day off).
He loves to read, play sports (he is slightly competitive) and run through the woods.
He is playing soccer this fall, starting 4-H and planning to play baseball in the spring. He is also running a couple 5K's and a 10K with me this year. I love spending time with him in the woods. We have the best conversations!
Happy 9th Birthday John! Your dad and I love you bunches!! 

Monday, September 16, 2013


The more I go through life, the more I realize I want to be a person who listens....really listens. I don't want to pretend to listen while thinking about my response or my grocery list or my to do list. I want to focus on what the person is saying and really process it before I respond.

I have a person I know at church who is like that and in the past it has annoyed me how she carefully thinks through things, but as I grow and mature - I realize that this is how Jesus was. He thought and listened. He didn't react before the story was over.

It seems lately that people who don't listen bug me more and more, and I don't want to be that person.

Father - help me to put on my ears, shut my mouth and brain off and really listen to what others are saying, but more help me to LISTEN to YOU!!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Harvest has started on our farm again.

I always forget how lonely it gets when Jeff is working long hours and I'm in charge of house and kids and all the running that goes with being a wife and mom.

Tonight - as I was moping a little - it just popped into my head that I bet Jesus is really lonely waiting for the harvest to be over as well. He's waiting for all the believers to come home, yet his Father keeps saying "Let's wait till they are all ready to be harvested. Just a little longer."

Thank you Father for waiting on the harvest, allowing more and more children to come to you!!

Please watch over Jeff as our farm harvest has started. Help the two of us keep our eyes fixed on you and help us to teach our children to keep their eyes fixed on you as well!! You are the Lord of the harvest and we thank you!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Five & Pink

Mary turned 5!! I'm not sure how that happened but 5 years have passed since she arrived into our lives.
She wanted a pink princess party, complete with 13 friends, china for serving dishes and pink punch!!

We survived...just barely!! But our pink princess is 5 and growing up way too quickly!

So thankful for you Mary Lynn....you are a blessing to our family!!!

Friday, December 28, 2012


I've often wondered why change is so hard. Why do we all struggle to adapt and change? Yet, as we go through a season of change on our farm - I'm struggling.

I've prayed that Jeff would know when the right time was to give up milking cows and God showed him perfect timing. As of 2 p.m. December 27th, we no longer operate a small dairy.

Jeff made the decision two weeks ago on December 12th, when one of his prized cows dropped in front of him and died within 3 minutes. We have had some major losses on the cow front - not due to sickness - just due to strange events, calving, heart atack, etc.

That Wednesday when I picked up the phone to talk to Jeff, I heard him say "We are done." The next day, the auctioneer came and Jeff consigned our dairy herd for auction. The last two weeks have been tear filled and a little doubt filled, but I see God at work constantly. We have had 2 bull calves born on the farm (you can't milk boys), the cows loaded so easily on Wednesday night (the 26th) when we sent them and they looked healthy and well at the auction ring.

While this wasn't in our plan as we started 2012, we are looking forward to starting 2013 without the constant morning and evening chores and the unknown sick cows that take time away from family events.

It is quite a change for not only us, but also for Jeff's parents. His parents would have had cows for 35 years next November and his mom grew up at the farm with dairy cows around. She is taking it the hardest, but knows that this is the right timing for all.

We are looking forward to God using this time as a family for His glory!! I'm looking to God to teach me gracious acceptance through change and to help me be a better wife and mother. To many this may seem like a no-brainer, easy change - but when your whole marriage has revolved around milking cows and you have had great ups and horrible downs during that time - it is not an easy change.

Another post with pictures of the last milking for Jeff's dad and the first/last milking for John and Mary coming....I just needed to get some thoughts onto digital paper.

Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, November 29, 2012


I have great running friends....friends that encourage me along not only the miles covered on foot but the miles covered in life.

Last night I was thankful to spend time with 6 of those running friends. We had a chance to run, catch up and just visit together. While none of us are setting any Olympic records, we enjoy covering miles together and life together!

Thank you Father for friends that you can enjoy the miles with!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Yesterday I was thankful for the low-key night of running a couple errands, heading home to do laundry and just relaxing on the couch. It seems like our life is constantly at a 100 MPH so it was nice to have a quiet evening at home (Mary went to the farm with Jeff, so that made it extra quiet).

Thank you God for those quiet moments when we get them!!