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To Be a Farm Wife

To Be a Farm Wife

When I think of a “farm wife” I think of my Grandma Margaret. I grew up listening to stories about the farm and everything a good farm wife did. Taking meals out to the men who were working long hours in the field; growing gardens and collecting eggs to feed…

Heidi Primrose

About Heidi Primrose

Although she grew up in a small town in Iowa surrounded by agriculture, Heidi Primrose never imagined she would one day marry a farmer and live less than 15 miles from where she was born. But 13 years ago, she started dating a farmer. During their 5-year courtship she learned a lot about raising cattle and sheep, baling hay, and planting and harvesting corn. Not only did she fall in love with a farmer but she fell in love with a way of life. Eight years of marriage and three children later, Heidi could never imagine her life any other way. The ups and downs of farming can be a struggle but she is grateful for the life her and her family lead. Heidi works as a Speech Pathologist for the local Area Education Agency but is also a full-time mother and farmwife.

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Advice, Barbara Siemen, Contributors, Parenting

Sweet, Slow Spring

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A lot of people may assume summer is my favorite time of year, given the fact that I love fishing and water activities, camping, sightseeing, and just generally being outside in warmth and sun. The majority of my youth was spent growing up outdoors, and I have especially fond memories…

Barbara Siemen

About Barbara Siemen

Barbara grew up in a typical 9-5 family in Mid-Michigan, but had family roots in the countryside. Though her initial college plans involved a big-city future, she fell in love first semester with a charismatic farm boy with flirty green eyes. Dorm dates turned into weekend trips back home to his centennial family farm, where she spent hours in a tractor, the milking parlor, or alongside his extended family at their frequent gatherings. After they graduated college, they married and moved “back home” to live where generations of Siemens’ had lived. Barbara, and her husband Darrin, have 3 adorable children and a future full of promise. While Darrin manages the daily operations of the dairy, beef, and cropping systems, Barbara takes care of the homestead, children, and office operations.

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Contributors, Holidays, Kelley Nuttle, Parenting

Traveling With An Infant

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  Traveling is such an exciting thing! It’s one of my favorite things to do. But traveling with an infant can be a little stressful. The mystery of how far you can drive until you’ll have to stop or when there will be a safe place for you to stop…

Kelley Nuttle

About Kelley Nuttle

Kelley Nuttle is a stay-at-home mom from Western Kansas who has passion for family, making memories, taking photographs, traveling and learning new things. She grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma and made the move to Kansas after falling in love with her husband. They live in their dream home with a little bit of land, a neat old red barn and room to grow their family. Kelley is looking forward to sharing her adventures of life in words and photographs, hoping to inspire everyone to enjoy the little things!

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Barbara Siemen, Contributors, Featured, Parenting

Motherhood: A Career in Guilt

Motherhood: A Lesson in Guilt

My career path has changed a lot since I was a young punk. Eons ago I wanted to be a cop. I had no plans of having children or a husband. Then Mr. Big Muscles waved his flirty long eyelashes at me and all of it changed in an instant.…

Barbara Siemen

About Barbara Siemen

Barbara grew up in a typical 9-5 family in Mid-Michigan, but had family roots in the countryside. Though her initial college plans involved a big-city future, she fell in love first semester with a charismatic farm boy with flirty green eyes. Dorm dates turned into weekend trips back home to his centennial family farm, where she spent hours in a tractor, the milking parlor, or alongside his extended family at their frequent gatherings. After they graduated college, they married and moved “back home” to live where generations of Siemens’ had lived. Barbara, and her husband Darrin, have 3 adorable children and a future full of promise. While Darrin manages the daily operations of the dairy, beef, and cropping systems, Barbara takes care of the homestead, children, and office operations.

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Contributors, Elisha Neubauer, Farming, Parenting

For the Love of Animals

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Before we moved to the Farm, we always had pets – dogs, ferrets, cats. I couldn’t stand the thought of having my children growing up without pets. Now that we’ve moved to the Farm and have all these animals, I’m amazed to see the difference it has made in my…

Elisha Neubauer

About Elisha Neubauer

Elisha grew up in a small fishing village in Dartmouth, England. The product of a British Mother and an American Military Father, she moved to the states in the mid-90's. She spent her childhood in horse camps and on her grandfather's 10 acre farm, where she developed a passion for farm animals and longed to have a farm of her own. After 11 years of working as a store manager in one of the busiest stores in the state of Florida, she met her now-husband - a German, who had just moved to the states a few years prior - and they purchased their dream home on 11 acres in Rural Central Florida. Elisha is a mother to three: a 9-year-old boy, a 6-year-old daughter, and a 7-month-old daughter. Elisha left the hustle and bustle of retail life and now works from home as a transcriber assigned to a Dairy Farm's audio files. Between starting up their own small family farm and transcribing for a Dairy farm - Elisha has been learning first hand the joys (and trials) of rural life. You can read about her family's adventures and mishaps on the farm in Elisha's blog: "European Geeks In Rural America."

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Contributors, Crafting, For the Home, Parenting, Rebekah Gustafson

Adding a New Little Pumpkin

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 We will soon be adding a new little pumpkin the our family’s patch of pumpkins, mind you it is certainly not my little pumpkin! My sister-in-law and her husband are expecting their first baby soon. Actually she is due on the opening day of deer hunting season here in Wisconsin,…

Rebekah Gustafson

About Rebekah Gustafson

Rebekah Gustafson spends her days as a mom to three horse-crazy little girls ages 2, 4, and 6, and a wife to her husband of 10 years in a small town in Northwestern Wisconsin where they were both born and raised on dairy farms. Her husband, Neil is the Service Manager for the local John Deere Dealership, and also crop farms with his father. There is never a dull moment in the Gustafson house, as the three girls keep Bekah pretty busy with their crazy and adventurous spirits. But, she manages finds plenty of time to enjoy farming with her husband, riding horses, designing and making quilts for herself and others, and just enjoying a life filled with God's amazing grace and blessings. When she is not busy with her family or quilting you can find her working on her blog called Cooped Up Creativity, where she shares her quilts, DIY projects that she does around the house, and just a little bit of life and everything she loves.

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Barbara Siemen, Parenting

The Importance of Being Available

The Importance

  Years ago, I was a high school English teacher. I spent my days, evenings, and weekends preparing and delivering lessons, checking papers, inputting grades, and fielding emails and phone calls from administrators and parents. Like any good teacher, I gave it my all. I gave the best of my…

Barbara Siemen

About Barbara Siemen

Barbara grew up in a typical 9-5 family in Mid-Michigan, but had family roots in the countryside. Though her initial college plans involved a big-city future, she fell in love first semester with a charismatic farm boy with flirty green eyes. Dorm dates turned into weekend trips back home to his centennial family farm, where she spent hours in a tractor, the milking parlor, or alongside his extended family at their frequent gatherings. After they graduated college, they married and moved “back home” to live where generations of Siemens’ had lived. Barbara, and her husband Darrin, have 3 adorable children and a future full of promise. While Darrin manages the daily operations of the dairy, beef, and cropping systems, Barbara takes care of the homestead, children, and office operations.

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