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It’s Irrational… My Feelings for the Dog

July 30, 2023

The kids say I take more pictures of the dog than I do them.  It’s true. I talk to her, and I find myself staring at her. I hug her, I kiss her, I make over her constantly.  She absolutely is the object of my affection. My dog. Trixie. Do you know we have a joke in the office about the dog having seasonal depression??  I swear, whenever…

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The Role of Mother

May 14, 2023

15 years ago, being a mother was doing tubs in the kitchen sink and then tucking three little boys into their beds every night.  Now it’s a “Mom, I am home” at 1 in the morning after they have come in from being out with their friends. I think about all the days I balanced a child on my hip while I made supper or filled sippy cups…

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My Dad keeps us afloat

June 19, 2022

My Dad keeps us afloat. It’s a very difficult job, but somebody has to do it! Always the caregiver, Dad, constantly goes about making sure that everything gets done for us.  Property management is his forte.  🙂  When things get tough, he is apt to hand us a $20 bill, or start doing some task to help, under mom’s direction, anything to restore our happiness. If we are…

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A Trip to Iowa

May 22, 2022

Last week I took a trip to Iowa to visit the Iowa Soybean Association. I introduced them to the concept of finding the best donut in Des Moines (Bethany and Lydia were very good sports), and they introduced me to 2 of their farmers and Iowa soybeans. The trip was about overseas markets and the economic environment here.  We talked about fuel costs and fertilizer costs and the…

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Taking my mother with me

May 8, 2022

In my household, I have a saying, “Know what you want to take with you, know what you want to leave behind.” If I could bring my mother with me, I would. For this Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a list of all the characteristics that I strive to take with me, from my mother.  I attribute so much of how well my kids are doing today,…

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Here are my 3 Valentines

February 13, 2022

Here are my 3 Valentine’s! Tyler, Jacob, and Sam. To be honest, Valentine’s Day is a day that I am challenged with.  Not because I don’t believe in telling people that you love them, but because I know, for just as many people who are feeling the love today, many more are feeling just the opposite, very unloved.  It makes me sad. Maybe today, you should consider showing…

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August

August 9, 2021

Here we are, August 9, where is this summer going? As I get ready to head into the last week before Tyler goes to college, I reflect and I anxiously think. I have tears that are bubbling underneath the surface that I desperately want to hide but can’t seem to. So we cry and laugh in this family because we embrace those tears. We are a family of…

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Here’s to Mother’s Day!

May 9, 2021

Here’s to Mother’s Day!  I thought it would be nice to consider some of the most important lessons that my mother has taught me over my 46 years.   Here you go, Mum!  This is just my shortlist.  😉  The most important lessons I have learned from my mother: Never take “no” for an answer; just find another way. Ask questions, “Oh sir, sir…”  even if it does embarrass…

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Letting Go and Sending Off

April 25, 2021

And they are off! It was a year late, Covid Style, but FINALLY, there was a prom, and Tyler got to celebrate with his classmates. Complete with masks and social distancing, it was an event! Most of the big day was spent making the farm bus, prom friendly. Used around the farm for carrying parts and tools out to the field crew, Tyler decided it would be great…

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Patiently I Wait…

February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day!  These are my 3 little Valentine’s, from many years ago.  🙂 During my freshman year in college, I had to take a writing seminar.   The assignment was a poem about love.   I pulled it out and dusted it off. This can work for love or anything that is in your life that you are striving for or waiting on.  Here you go!  🙂 Patiently I…