Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

If you didn't watch the weather reporters on TV, 
you could watch the farmers in Northwest Arkansas to make 
the prediction we were going to have a few days of
 sunshine and dry weather by the amount of hay being cut,
 baled or wrapped in this past week.

I'm thankful...
 for these few days of dry weather that 
enabled us to begin the season of hay cutting,baling and wrapping,
that will feed our dairy cattle through this next year,

for the rain and sunshine that make the flowers bloom in May,

and for the blessings I have received
in 64 years!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day Everyday

We might not be farming today if it were not for the
 brave men and women who sacrificed for our freedom.

As I walk by the old hay barn everyday where Ryan's Mother
 milked cows during World War II, I can only imagine
the pain and suffering of our friends and neighbors who 
endured the loss of their friends  and  family members during 
times of war.

I can never repay them but I will never forget them.

Memorial Day is not just a day...
it is everyday.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

                                          An ordinary day down on the dairy farm is full
                                                            of extraordinary activities.
                                        It is the Mother's behavior of licking her calf that gives
                                        the new baby strength and encouragement to stand up
                                      for the first time usually within the first hour after birth.

I'm thankful for the reminder of how important a little 
encouragement can be to all of us!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

What's up Buttercup ?
I don't know the origin of that phrase but if you have noticed there is a lot 
of Buttercup weed in pastures all across Northwest Arkansas.
It's not unusual to see some Buttercup weed in the spring, but
this year's crop is outstanding! 
It is pretty but unfortunately, it is a weed and will require a plan
to get rid of it. Pasture management is  an ongoing
job of every farmer and changes each year with our always 
changing weather conditions.

I'm thankful for the science and research that provide
the ways to manage pastures safely and effectively
and the help farmers receive from our Benton County Extension
 agents in making management decisions that impact our farms.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

I'm looking forward to sitting around the table with my family
in celebration of Mother's Day.
It's our family tradition down on the dairy farm.

As I have been making preparation for our gathering,
it has been a sweet time of reflection of how 
blessed I am to have a sweet Mother who  loves me,

a mother-in-love who  raised the farmer I married,
  and the opportunity to be a mother and a grandmother. 

                                                       Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

A new calf doesn't always follow Mama 
but you can usually count on 

Mama to show up if you get a little too close.
I have great respect and appreciation  for this maternal instinct.

I'm thankful that we have the opportunity to enjoy 
the land and animals  that live with us and around us.

                                            We love the land and work to protect our natural
                                                       resources down on the dairy farm.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Don't you just love the month of May?
Spring showers bring the beautiful flowers, budding trees,
green grass and the all too prevalent allergies.

Although my Mother  transplanted the iris from the garden 
last spring to the bottom of the mailbox, we were not
really sure what color iris would bloom.
To our surprise, the blooms are in the shades of purple.

I'm thankful for the daily reminders of how God is in control.

Today's scripture on my kitchen calendar emphasized my thoughts:
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like on of these. 
If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow
is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, 
O you of little faith?"
                   --Luke 12:27-28

                                                 From down on the dairy farm, Happy May!