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The Cattle Pen & What It Holds

We have received all the cattle we plan to this winter season to feed.  Milton and I worked the last 42 head on Friday.  It went smoothly and only took us about 2 hours, which was good!  This load was much calmer than the original ones we received.  The weather was chilly but we both survived.  We have pulled a few and separated them from the rest of the herd, as we think they may be sick.

feeder cattle 2017

I was in this part of the pen with them. I would get them into the alleyway to the cattle shoot so Milton could take care of them.

 

We have a total of 173 head to feed for the winter, here’s hoping it stays that way! Twice a day Milton goes out to feed them and look them over for any sick ones.  It has been fun to go over and help with chores, to complete them as a family.

I love to watch our daughter play in the hay, chase the farm dog, and be excited about helping.  PV takes it all in stride most days and even requests us to not work the cattle when she is gone.

My favorite picture from recently is this one.  Our daughter with Milton’s father looking over the cattle in the pen.  I have no idea what they were talking about but I know it was a treasure.  Having her live close to her grandparents is a blessing and I’m grateful they are still here to know her and that she can know them.

Family Generations Farming

What is inside the cattle pen is essentially a big deal, but the way it has brought our family closer together on the outside of it, well that makes this farm-wife/momma quite happy.

I’ll close by saying that the risk involved in farming and having cattle is a big one.  Choices are made, mistakes happen, success does occur, but what is most important is how you live your life doing it.  How you balance the life of being that  farmer or cattle-person with family life and how you share the goodness that farming brings.  How you bring together the two things and create a legacy that generations can be proud of.

family working together farm cattle

Until next time,

Julie


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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.

PV TODDLER 2

  • 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,

Julie