True Qualities of an “Above and Beyond” Wife

I know this doesn’t sound like my usual sort of post but hear me out.  I am blessed to admin an awesome Facebook community for rural women most of whom are connected to agriculture (whether its through work, being family farmers, ranchers, or homesteaders, or having a spouse that is).  An article was posted in Farm Talk Newspaper earlier this week that upset a lot of them, and me too.  So together we wrote a response and I’m excited to share it with you today.

Qualities of a Farm Wife

This post is in response to “The Top 10 ‘above and beyond’ Farm Wife qualities” written by Mark Parker and posted in Farm Talk Newspaper. You can read the article here, although I’ll warn you, it might bring up strong feelings! Apparently, it was written in jest, but when you poke fun of a woman in ag and define her solely by her ability to cook and clean house, you are going to find many competent, self-sufficient, resilient women upset.

True Qualities of a Wife

Even though a “Farm Wife”, a “woman married to a Farmer”, a “woman as the primary operator”, or a “Woman In Ag” is difficult to define and definitely not a one size fits all title (each person and her roles are so different), I want to highlight some of the “above and beyond” qualities of the wonderful women in ag that are an inspiration to me and many others!

She is an entrepreneur creatively coming up with ways to help add income for her family and keep the farm afloat within volatile markets.

She meets with ag professionals with the next generation on her hip and by her side, finding her own way of balancing family and farming.

True Qualities of a Wife

She is the queen of all trades from driving combine, to “bin boss”, to amazing shuffler of all equipment, learning new skills and perfecting them.

She is the sole operator of her farm. With her unique viewpoint as a Farmer/Rancher and a woman, her strategies and abilities rival that of any of her male counterparts.

She is an expert multitasker from maintaining the books for both farm and home and sometimes multiple ag businesses. She often maintains an off the farm job to ensure that her family can continue farming and pass this lifestyle onto the next generation.

True Qualities of a Farm Wife

She takes on the roles of cooking, housekeeping, nurse, counselor, vet, and teacher, because she also values the running of her home as much as running the farm or ranch.

She is a farm wife and an ag professional. She takes her job seriously and is as confident as she is cautious in a role that is up and coming for women in ag!

She is an integral piece in her family ag operation. She is not a hired “woman”, but a partner, an equal shareholder in money, decisions, joy, sadness, frustrations, etc. She and her husband are partners and she’s not the silent type.

She is a dreamer. She has hope, She dives into new agricultural ventures. She is also a realist, knowing what could go wrong and how devastating that would be for her family.

True Qualities of a Farm Wife

She’s got skin in the game. She signs on the dotted line. She recognizes the weight of her signature on that paper. She is not faint of heart.

She willingly and patiently works with her husband and learns the “language” he uses while sorting cows, irrigating, and guiding her as she backs a pick up to a trailer. She values teamwork and giving grace to those she works with, even during times of stress.

She sees the ins and outs of stress and physical and mental fatigue. She is constantly checking herself and keeping an eye on the rest of the farming team, so that not only the farm succeeds and moves forward and is made better, but they are too!

She is the next generation. Struggling to bridge the gap, create forward movement, and consider the feelings and needs of the generation before her while moving the farm to her generation.

True Qualities of a Farm Wife

It took more than 10 points to even come close to describing the qualities of the women that take on the role of a woman in ag! Some of these amazing women who lent their stories and their thoughts to the writing of this article include but are not limited to…
Elizabeth Shipstead – www.theruralsisterhood.com
Mindy Young – www.farmfitliving.com
Kacey Green – www.rusticranchwife.com
Malia Mount – www.facebook.com/faithfoodandfarm
Lorna Sixsmith – www.lornasixsmith.com

 

Kid-Friendly Pizza Salad

Yes, you read that correctly I used the phrase “kid-friendly” to describe salad.  I have always tried to expand our daughters tastes and encourage her to try new things (3 year olds are stubborn!) but salad was a big old NO WAY until…Pizza Salad.  All the flavors of pizza in the form of an easy to eat chopped salad.  It passed the 3 year old test and grown ups thought it was fun too!

Hop on over to A Delightful Home where I am sharing the complete recipe and let me know how you’re kids like it!

Kid-Friendly Pizza Salad Recipe

Pizza Salad Recipe

For more real food, real easy, kid friendly recipes try these:

Secretly Green Chocolate Muffins

Chicken Dippers

Simple Healthy Fruit Dip

Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party #53

Hey y'all
Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 53!!! I absolutely adore looking through your projects every single week and this week is no exception! We’ve been hanging out with y’all and sharing and loving all the goodies shared here!! Thank you ALL for coming back week after week!! We APPRECIATE y’all!!

Let’s get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger… and we’re so glad you’re here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome… we love to see your amazing work around here! Don’t forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we’ll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST… and we’ll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts… we would love to read them and share them with our friends!

 

Meet your Fabulous Hosts!

Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram
What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Craft Create Calm @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Our New England Home @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram

 

The Spotlight! That’s right… Features!

These people were extra cool last week… so we’re featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight…and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you’ve ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media… and leave us a little note so we know you’re following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram… whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don’t miss a beat!

 

Welcome Home Wednesdays

The Rules are there ain’t no Rules!

We ain’t your Mama… so we don’t have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links!
2. We like to think we’re super fancy… we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please!
3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media… then link back to the party with a text link… or our fabulous button!
4. Link to a specific post… not your home page! We want to see what you’ve been up to this week!
5. Our mama’s taught us to share… that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please!
6. That’s it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can’t wait to see it!
7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites

 

7 Gals, 7 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 7 Amazing Blogs!


Want to come back next week? We’ll send you a reminder… just put your email in the box!


Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we’re sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot… the loot being your links! We can’t wait to check out what you’ve left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future… we can’t wait to show off what you’ve left!

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Meal Plan 8.13.16

Holy cow it’s hot! Like 90+ and humid hot, I’m too pregnant for this. Keep that all in mind when reading this meal plan, I know I need to plan but heavens the thought even walking into the kitchen and turning the oven on is enough to send me over the edge.  However, if you are uncomfortably hot you should try eating frozen blueberries as a snack, they are delightfully cold and yummy!

 Now back to the meal plan…

Breakfasts: I keep the pantry stocked with basic breakfast items and we pick what we want each day.  We usually have homemade yogurt, cereal / granola, and lately we’ve been doing a lot of fruit- kale smoothies (with coconut oil and chia seeds).  *I have been pinning a lot of easy and healthy breakfast ideas to my “Breakfast and Lunch” Pinterest board, check it out for new ideas.

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Preparing for “Back to School”

It’s that time of year when moms walk like zombies into stores with lists of school supplies, kids run screaming at the thought of having to wear shoes all day, and nobody wants to get up in the morning…too dramatic? okay fine.

Really though, its time for a lot of families to start thinking about heading back to school.  I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks to help make that transition a bit easier for everyone.  Easy, smooth and not a lot of work are my three favorite ways to do things after all.

Preparing to Head Back to School

Routine: Plan out your morning and evening routine including wake up and bedtimes.  Once you have your routine in place start “practicing” it early.  This will give your family time to adjust and also let you see what might need changing before you launch into it for real.

Meal Plan: Prepare meal plans (including lunches) in advance for a few weeks.  This will give you a chance to relax a bit and not be concerned about what meal comes next.  Also, try and set aside some time to freezer cook so that you can free up some extra time in the evening while you are adjusting.

Prepare Slowly: Don’t cram all the “back to school” activities into one trip to town.  Plan on spreading out the school shopping, hair cuts, doctors appointments, etc. into at least a few days so as to not overwhelm everyone.  Give yourselves plenty of time instead of waiting until the last week before to pack it all in.

Take it Easy: Start winding down activities and spending more time at home as a family.  Give yourselves time to relax and build up steam before heading into the busy school year.  Use sometime for preparing but also just enjoy each others company for a little bit and savor those last summer memories.

 Clean Up: Everyone always talks about spring cleaning but what about fall? Starting off the school year with a clean house will reduce stress and make things feel less chaotic and messy.  Besides, it will put everyone in the habit of cleaning up after themselves.

Preparing to go back to school

Back to school doesn’t have to be scary and overwhelming.  Some planning and preparation, along with making a conscience effort to slow down and rest, can make the transition much easier for the whole family.   Do you have tips or strategies that you use when getting ready to go back to school? I’d love to hear them!

Worried about staying healthy during this busy time? Check out our tips for staying healthy during the back to school season:

5 Ways to Keep Healthy This Fall

 

Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party #52

Hey y'all
Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 52!!! I absolutely adore looking through your projects every single week and this week is no exception! We’ve made it to week 52!! We’ve been hanging out with y’all and sharing and loving all the goodies shared here!! Thank you ALL for coming back week after week!! We APPRECIATE y’all!!

Let’s get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger… and we’re so glad you’re here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome… we love to see your amazing work around here! Don’t forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we’ll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST… and we’ll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts… we would love to read them and share them with our friends!

 

Meet your Fabulous Hosts!

Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram
What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Craft Create Calm @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram
Our New England Home @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram

 

The Spotlight! That’s right… Features!

These people were extra cool last week… so we’re featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight…and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you’ve ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media… and leave us a little note so we know you’re following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram… whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don’t miss a beat!

 

Welcome Home Wednesdays

The Rules are there ain’t no Rules!

We ain’t your Mama… so we don’t have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links!
2. We like to think we’re super fancy… we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please!
3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media… then link back to the party with a text link… or our fabulous button!
4. Link to a specific post… not your home page! We want to see what you’ve been up to this week!
5. Our mama’s taught us to share… that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please!
6. That’s it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can’t wait to see it!
7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites

 

7 Gals, 7 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 7 Amazing Blogs!


Want to come back next week? We’ll send you a reminder… just put your email in the box!


Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we’re sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot… the loot being your links! We can’t wait to check out what you’ve left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future… we can’t wait to show off what you’ve left!

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