Let me start out by saying that life in a dairy farming family is not a piece of cake. We have struggles and hard days… just like everyone else. But here are some random thoughts on why I love this life.
I get to live and work with my family – my best friends. To me, it doesn’t get much better than that! We have shared so many experiences together – fun and not so fun – and those are bonding. Working as a family draws us together, and I so love that.
I have always loved exploring and wandering through the pasture and woods. I know that many people don’t have the space to roam and spend time alone in nature, and I am so grateful to have that.
Farming builds character. Throwing haybales? Builds character. Picking rock? Builds character. Getting your hands covered in nastiness? Builds character. Have I made my point?
I think there’s something so wonderful about taking care of baby calves… then seeing them calve and join the herd in a couple of years.
I’m so thankful for the emphasis my parents and grandparents put on people. Running a farm takes much of their time and energy, but they are good at making sure that people aren’t lost in the shuffle. They make the time to be with family and friends, even when it’s difficult. This is an example I want to follow for the rest of my life.
I’ve learned that in this life there will be hard times, no matter what… it’s how you deal with them that matters.
This was originally published on my other blog, The Farmer’s Daughter.
…your brain is always churning with story ideas, song lyrics, or rhyming phrases.
…a favorite pastime is reading obituaries and wandering through graveyards. (You’d be surprised at how many writing prompts they hold.)
…you scribble random notes all over the place – on church bulletins, note cards, scrap paper, journal covers, napkins – so you won’t forget a brilliant idea that just *might* make a bestseller someday.
…your little sister sits on your lap at work. (happening right now, folks.)
…immediately after getting home from a family get-together you make a run for your journal, not wanting to forget any of the bizarre family stories that would be perfect in a book someday.
…you work two jobs at once – your brain is plugging away at your current story/poem while you’re feeding the cows.
…when you’re alone, you start a conversation between two imaginary people. Out loud. No idea who they are… their identities emerge as the conversation progresses. Oh, and it always helps if they have British accents and are in extreme emotional turmoil.
…it’s hard for you to throw any papers away. (Maybe someday I’ll come back to that story…)
…you sit bolt upright and grab for your phone when you wake up in the middle of the night so you can record a phrase that you heard in your dream and don’t want to forget.
Okay… writers are just weird. At least this one is. Can anyone else sympathize???
I can’t tell you just how excited I am to be launching my author’s website. I’ve been spilling ink for years, and it’s almost surreal to be taking this step – officially presenting my writing to the world.
Here you will find a hodge-podge of things – ’cause that’s just me. As of right now, I am interested in many different aspects of writing, and so will be dabbling in a multitude of styles and topics here for awhile – perhaps forever. Who knows? Keep an eye out for poetry, short stories, thought-provoking and inspirational articles, and maybe even some updates on my progress on larger literary projects.
Being a book lover, I will also be posting book reviews and recommendations. There are so many good books out there that will warm your heart, challenge your mind, and change your life… but they can be hard to find. I’d love to share my discoveries with you.
I’m also going to be encouraging any aspiring writers on here… I’m cheering for you! This world needs good authors who are willing to stand up to this world’s problems and use their pen to aid in conquering them for Christ.
I’ll also have some reflective posts, pondering the beautiful and the bizarre of life.
I hope you’ll be patient and stick with me… this will be an awesome journey!
P.S. What would you like to see on here? What do you feel the world needs most from Christian authors?
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