Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Thankful Thursday



                                                             What excites a farmer?  

                                                         Hay season, of course!

                                      The farmers have been waiting impatiently to 

                                                     get started harvesting  the hay

                                                          and now, it is happening. 

                                     I'm thankful for the perfect hot and dry  weather

                                         this week  so the hay can be cut, raked

                                                  and baled in perfect condition,

                                                 for the opportunity to celebrate  Father's Day 

                                                            with  homemade ice cream,

for the memories made with our sons on all the 
days we  work together,

and for the memories 
of the fathers who raised us.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Our hay cutting season is getting off to a really slow start due
to our soggy weather but we did get started  with the field next to the 
house that is less soggy than many others.

It was important to get the mixture of rye grass and weeds cut 
so the Bermuda grass would
have a better chance to grow for the second cutting.

Even though our work has been slowed down
by the weather, I am thankful for the opportunity 
it has provided for us to  enjoy the company of those 
around us,

 let our imaginations run wild in the 
fairy garden,

                                                            and celebrate a birthday or two!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thankful Thursday

One of the added benefits to mowing the yard next to the pasture is 
getting to watch the heifers enjoying  those grass clippings
that were blown under the fence.  They looked a little like excited
kids in a candy store!

Even though farm life is extremely busy in the month of May,
I am thankful for the moments that bring smiles,
for the family celebrations of  Mother's Day ,birthdays
 and graduations,

and for the beauty of the garden  that 
remind us that all these gifts 
are freely given by our heavenly Father.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

A Mother's Love

What's not to love about this day of celebrating mothers?

Down on the farm, we celebrate all mothers!

A Mother's Love
A mother's love is special
It's present every day,
A gift that came from heaven
That God has sent our way.
Her job is never ending
She's there all day and night,
To be there for her children
And be their guiding light.
Her thoughts are with them always
Even if they are apart,
Her children have a special place
Deep down inside her heart.
Mother's are a special gift-
A gift from up above,
This world would seem so empty
Without a Mother's love.
                             --T. Entzminger


Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Thankful Thursday

It may be too cold or  wet for pasture grasses or crops to grow,
but you can always count on the weeds to take advantage of the 
worst conditions!

We were grateful for the two days without rain that allowed 
Cody to begin weed control spraying in the pasture next to the house.
This pasture has a variety of Bermuda and other mixed grasses that
will grow much better with less competition from the weeds and make
a more nutritious  hay bale for our cows to enjoy.

If you look closely, you can see a couple of extra heads in the 
tractor cab.  

Hattie and Breck didn't waste the opportunity 
to ride in the tractor with their Daddy.

I am thankful that we can share life on the farm with 
our family and celebrate the milestones of 
each year  with those we love the most!


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Last year we were looking up information about our farm to see if we
could qualify to be recognized as an Arkansas Century Farm. 
Sure enough, the land where our house and the dairy sit was purchased in
1919 by Ryan's Grandad Grover Bagby. 

Although we had the abstract for the land purchase,
I also went to the County Circuit Clerk's office and looked up
the county deed records. It was quite a fascinating process to hold
those records from so long ago filled with beautiful handwritten documentation
of the history of land in Benton County.  

Dairy farming has been a part of the farming on this land for 90 years. 
On April 16, Ryan completed 50 years of milking dairy cows on the family farm.

I'm so thankful for the 37 years that I have been a part
of the dairy farming life.  Taking a city girl  and training
her was no easy job for the farmer!

Although we won't be milking cows,
I can still look out the kitchen window watching the
dairy heifers and beef cows enjoy these  early  spring
pastures  and give thanks for the blessings of farm living!


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Thankful Thursday

April brings more than showers!
We welcomed this new calf just after the showers
and a cool down in the temperature.  
As you can see, the calf found a cozy spot on the 
hay as her Mother continued to eat before going to
the milk barn.

I am thankful for all the blessings of spring--

new life on the farm,

celebrating our precious Hattie's 6th birthday,


                                                 to live in a country that gives us the opportunity

                                                     to seek election  to serve our community.