Sunday, January 22, 2017

Soul Sonshine

It's a rainy Sunday down on the dairy farm but as I took off my rain suit to get
 ready for church, I found myself humming the old hymn,"Sunlight,Sunlight".

Even on a dreary day, there's  a lot of 'sunshine in my soul.' 

We see God's love in his creation around us
 everyday down on the dairy farm


                                                            the new life in our family.
                                                           Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Cow manure may not look like it has any value, but to a farmer, it's liquid gold.
To protect the environment, the liquid manure produced by our
 dairy cows is collected in a cement pit at the dairy barn. 

Our  permit from the Arkansas Department of
Environmental Quality  allows us  to store it in this pit 
and haul it to fields for fertilization.

                                             I'm thankful for this recycled liquid gold that
                                                         is used to sustain our dairy farm.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Clouds,wind and dropping temperatures made
 the morning seem a little bleak and dreary 

                             I'm thankful for the bright spots, black and white spots in this case,
                                                          found down on the dairy farm.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dairy Farm Food Safety

Single digit temperatures are not our favorite kind of weather
 down on the dairy farm, but so far the calves and cows are doing very well. 
 I am  spending more time than usual observing each calf for any sign 
or symptom of illness that often occurs with the stress 
created by  extreme weather changes.

                            If  our calves become sick and require treatment with an antibiotic,
                            we follow a treatment plan that has been designed by our veterinarian.

                                          It's a fact that healthy animals are the  foundation
                                                     of a safe and abundant food supply.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

The book Barns of Benton County,Arkansas became available just before Christmas. 
It was the perfect surprise gift for a native Benton County farmer.

As I looked at each page and read the history that was carefully collected
 about the barns and their owners, I found myself  filled with pride 
just thinking about the farming families of Benton County.

Little did I know that dairy barns would get their own chapter
 when I gave the authors a tour of the dairy many months
 before the publication of the book.

As our county continues to become more urbanized and more barns disappear, 
I'm thankful to the authors, Melba Shewmaker and Monte Harris,
for their dedication to documenting the barns of Benton County

                       providing the history about life on the dairy farm in Benton County.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Promises for 2017

It's a clean slate and I'm looking forward to a new year that for me 
is guided by my faith in Jesus Christ. I already know it will be a great year
 based on these faith promises. 

These are just a few of the promises for 2017:

" For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord,
 "Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."
                                                      ---Jeremiah 29:11

"And my God shall supply all your needs according
 to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
                                                                                         --Philippians 4:19

                                    "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give
                                        thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
                                                                                        --I Thessalonians 5:16-18

                                       From down on the dairy farm, from my family to yours,

                                                          Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

If cows could ride a sunbeam,
 it looked quite possible this afternoon when the sun was setting.
My thought really  was that after  an afternoon of  eating whenever I felt like 
it and resting leisurely in the pasture, a quick ride to the milking  barn
 would be appreciated.

                             I'm thankful for these extraordinary  natural scenes of beauty down
                                         on the dairy farm that occur on ordinary days.