Quiet Winter

We are into our winter season here on the farm and it’s quieter than most years.  After last years hard hit we just couldn’t swing buying any feeder calves for the winter.  The pens are empty.

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I know some of you reading this are thinking “you need to stay in the game even when it’s not good.”  Well, we gotta be able to pay other expenses and provide for our family, so the feeding cattle this winter got chucked!

Sometimes in farming, oh who am I kidding, in all walks of life you have to make hard decisions.  This wasn’t easy for us, by any means but it was best for our family.  I will miss the beef in our freezer from our own livestock but we have friends we trust who will help us in that area.

Even though we haven’t had cattle for the farmer to rise early and endure the cold temperatures for, he is still busy.  He has been hauling grain this week, as we had to fill a contract for our corn with the elevator.  He was pleasantly surprised when the manager gave him the news about how good his corn crop is.

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If you have read our blog you know that Milton is a hard worker, as are a lot of farm folks. We’re lucky that he is talented and people trust him to also remodel their homes.  God seems to always provide one or two construction opportunities in the winter to supplement our income.  We are grateful for those that are sent our way.

As we enter into the Christmas holiday we pray that you are able to feel joy and be surrounded with people who care for you.  From our farm to your home, Merry Christmas.

Julie and Milton