Posted in 2019, cattle, family, Farm, Raising Them Up

January 2019 – Winter Once Again

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We had some snow arrive and we received about 3 to 4 inches approximately.  It was so very pretty when I awoke on Saturday the 12th.  We were headed to a funeral for Milton’s uncle (his dad’s twin brother) on this day.  Although the outdoor conditions were not ideal for a funeral it was a lovely service and gathering with family was much-needed.

I thought I’d throw in the photo we had our daughter take of us all cleaned up and ready to go.  I think we clean up pretty good! 🙂

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As I’ve mentioned before we do not have cattle to feed this winter, so the only thing getting the farmer up early is the fact that we have a daughter to get to school but mostly the puppy in our home!  I have no clue why but that dog wakes between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., no matter the time you put him in his kennel for the night!

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As we picked up Milton’s parents to head to the funeral I snapped this photo of their barn and the snow-covered surroundings. I think it’s just lovely!  It’s a keeper for our 2020 annual calendar we make!

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We ended the day celebrating our oldest granddaughter’s 8th birthday.  Time has flown since this child was born into our family . We are grandparents several times over and our littlest daughter is closer to heading into middle school than elementary school!

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The farmer is working on the grain drill to prepare it for the upcoming planting season. Repairs and maintenance is a common thing here on the farm.  We are helping a friend out who has his cattle on our milo stocks for a while.  On days that the water tanks are freezing he (and sometimes our daughter) head down there to break the ice for the cattle. I am very thankful for this because I like to have our daughter experience all kinds of things, this being one.  She loved breaking the ice by the way!

 

He also keeps busy with going to doctor appointments with his parents, working on his rentals and some construction side jobs.  Life is slower in this season, which I prefer but we still have a large family to love on and a farm operation to plan ahead for.  I work a few days a week in town and I love to make quilts.

To all those in the farming and ranching community we pray that your winter season is one full of time to replenish, safety, fun times and productive outcomes!

Thanks for stopping by,

Julie

Posted in 2018, Adoption, family

The Month Of November

November is a month  when we normally start to wind down around the farm.  This year has been one for the books in regards to our farming operation but today I do not plan to blog about the farm.  I wanted to visit with you about a different topic, one that is far greater to our hearts than farming.

Over 10 years ago we were blessed to become parents to our youngest daughter through adoption.  For those of you that don’t know, November is National Adoption Month.  For a few years I did an adoption series which you can find here.

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Before we made our way through our adoption journey I didn’t really give adoption a great deal of thought.  Here and there through the years it sprinkled itself. My first major interaction with it was when my oldest daughter was adopted by my first husband, which was a pretty simple thing he took care of mostly.  But other than that I only knew a few people who were adopted.

We/I went into the adoption sector of life without having a clue and today as I look back I feel like I am a very lucky lady.  When people tell me they are beginning their own journey I instantly get the feeling of what that felt like for me. For someone who usually  likes to be in control and know what is around the corner,  adoption was a tad hard for me at times!

The point to which brought us to adoption was one that began clear back when I was 26 and still married to my first husband, I had no clue that the decision I made when I was 26 would affect my life in this manner in my 30’s.

Jumping to that stage in my life I found myself married to a man who had no children and raising children were closer to being grown than small children.  I started this motherhood thing at 17 and had in my mind once they were raised I could live my life the way I wanted! 🙂

Insert God hysterically laughing right here.

Remember – I like to plan, control and know what is around the corner.  This is one time in my life I can look back and say that I was dead wrong.  That God’s plan for mine and my husband’s life was way better than any I could have come up with!

My heart was changed because I fell in love with a man who wanted to be a father and I like to give gifts that are really wanted.  So my pursuit of becoming a mother a third time kicked into gear and I went into the world of adoption with no inkling of what to do first after making a quick stop at gestational surrogacy.

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I did all the things most people do when wanting to adopt.  I  read books, online searching, chat rooms, asked advice, contacted lawyers and agencies and so on and so on.  There were so many different things to figure out for our family.  There were moments of despair and moments of excitement, moments of gratitude, and moments of frustration.

Fortunately – for our family things worked out.  After two years we found ourselves falling in love with a screaming little baby girl with dark hair and big eyes within 15 minutes of being born.   Not all adoption journeys end like this and honestly there were days we didn’t believe it would for us.

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So for those of you that are waiting to be chosen, to add to your family we wish you the best of luck.  We pray that you are able to stay strong in your wait and that it brings you closer together as a family unit.  I can’t promise you a fairy tale ending but know that when I hear your story, I can relate and will always respect your decision to adopt.

No words can really express how much respect I have for the birth parents that share their children with others.  That grow families through their love.  Thank you is not enough but is what I will say.

Thanks for stopping by,

Julie