Posted in 2017, family, Farm, Julie's Journey, marriage, Raising Them Up

Seven Years In One Place

sunset july 2017 our home canton, ks

It’s hard to believe that we have lived in our home, on the farm for seven years now.  My husband spent a good year and a half building it. It’s a simple home with no basement, custom kitchen cabinets, hardwood floors, carpet, and tile.  The front porch is one of my favorite places and the back deck isn’t used nearly enough by humans.  It’s basically, Charlie, the farm dog’s big house. Most of the time.

In the seven years that have passed a few things have changed, both in our family but not as much in the actual structure.

  • One child moved out.
  • Two children got married.
  • Four grandchildren joined the family.
  • Trees have been planted in the yard, and a few have not weathered the Kansas wind.
  • Two of our parents have passed away.
  • Baby toys have been packed up and placed in the attic and taken back out for grandbabies.
  • Extended family gatherings makes it so every main room  in the house is full.
  • Farm dog Charlie adventures have filled the yard and surrounding area.
  • Sunrises and sunsets too beautiful to forget and too many to count.
  • The kiddo created memories with cardboard boxes, Lego building, and just by being here.


  • The path that our 18 month old headed down to grandma’s house all alone seven years ago has been trekked many times since.  A direct path to love – in the form of dried apricots, Juicy Fruit gum, chicken noodle soup, cookies, or sheet-cakes made from scratch.
  • Countless evenings where each of my popcorn-loving roomates sat on the couch munching away whilewatching Netflix.
  • Dinner parties have been had and playdates with friends between the walls to strengthen relationships.
  • Books, Barbies, and Legos have been strung all over the house.
  • Crying and yelling have been heard between the walls.  Kisses and hugs as well.
  • A boot wearing, shorts loving toddler grew up to a flip-flop wearing, still shorts loving little girl.
  • Craft rooms and toy rooms have changed locations a few times.
  • The play set has been many things in the imaginations of all the kiddos  who have been here.
  • Many types of music have been heard, laughter as well, throughout the structure we call home.
  • The extended view from the kitchen window changes, depending on the time of year, and what crop the farmer decided to plant.
  • Dancing and cooking in the kitchen are common occurrences, music and food are always better together!

But my favorite part of this house is the solid wood table when it’s completely extended and my children and grandchildren are sitting around it. 

Family Picture 2017

I even love it when it’s just the three of us at supper, each night with our youngest in the middle. Sharing the day and hearing about her school day.  When friends or our landlords gather annually the laughter and stories are delightful and it makes me wonder why I don’t entertain more often. What happens at that table, that’s what’s important to me.

When we are old and gray, when it’s hard to get around, I hope we’ve filled this house with enough memories. Enough memories so that we are able to stand in any one of the three rooms that surround that table and it brings a smile to our faces and warmth to our hearts.

The house we built is made of wood, paint, shingles, and many other things but best of all, it is a place for creating a lifetime together.

Here’s to many more years to come.

Until next time,



Posted in 2017, cattle, Farm

Cattle, Hay, Soybeans, and More

We received our first load of feeder cattle for the winter on Tuesday, October 24th late at night.  33 head made their way to our pens and they were not happy about being away from their mommas!

farm cattle 2017

I have to tell you that our youngest daughter is very excited about the cattle.  We skipped last year feeding cattle, she has always loved having them here.  Even at a young age she had no fear of them and would go right up to the feed bunk.

Cow playing!

When her Dad told her they would be here that night she was thrilled and the very next morning before school she headed over to see them.  PV also asked her Dad not to “work the cattle” until Friday, when she was out of school, so she could help us.  Then she told me she was going to grandma’s house last night and when she came back she had this for me.

That’s her notes from checking cattle. Those are ear tags in case you didn’t know. ☺ She said she stood outside the pen (just as Dad told her that morning) and checked the cattle for sick ones. These are two she feels need to be watched.  Then she proceeded to tell me Grandma had picked out one for PV like she does every year to watch. E7 I think. 😃

I’m very glad that PV is excited to help us and that it can be a family event.  I know her Dad really likes the moments when she involved and interested.

We always have someone grind hay that we feed our cattle.  I was able to snap a couple pictures, normally I am at work so I was able to witness how it is done.  It was a VERY windy Kansas day and you can barely see the orange tractor Milton is driving!

Hay Grinding

Milton harvested soybeans this week and then the combine had a part break.  He was able to finally get it off and ordered a new one.  He was able to harvest some more beans with the gimpy part! 🙂 Milton has been completing harvest for milo and soybeans without any help.  He cuts the crops then hauls when the semi is full to the grain elevator that is about five miles away from most of our fields.  It takes longer but it saves us money since we do not have to pay someone.  This is the first year he has really done this but it seems to be going okay.

Our annual landlord dinner is this weekend!  I will write a post ALL about it next week probably.  I’ve got a lot to do so I better get going!

Until Next time!