Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

                                                 Due to the social distancing of COVID-19,
                                            we have been postponing our family celebrations.
                                        Even so, that doesn't stop me from being thankful for
                                      these 32 years that we have watched our oldest son grow
                                                 and mature into a fantastic human being!

I'm thankful  for all of our special memories
down on the dairy farm,  

for the opportunity to see the next generation 
explore life on the  family farm,

                                                    and for the time we are looking forward
                                       to celebrating with the 32nd chocolate birthday cake!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

                                           Resting is part of the job for these dairy cows that 
                                      are patiently waiting to give birth in just a few short days.

                                     Each of these cows were moved from the milking herd to 
                                               the "dry" herd for a two month rest before calving.
                                            They are fed a special diet, provided plenty of water 
                                       and checked frequently  for any changes in behavior that
                                                             might indicate time for calving.

Even though we started the day with no sunshine after yesterday's rain,
I'm thankful for the picture of rest that brings a calmness
to the chaos around us and that what we do every day matters
to you and your family as we work to produce 
high-quality,nutritious milk down on the dairy farm.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

With mud puddles in abundance and the crop fields too wet for
planting, it's easy to forget how fortunate we are for the
 clean water our cows drink everyday. 

Water is an important nutrient in the cow's diet and without
the availability of at least a bathtub full of water everyday, 
a milking cow will produce less milk.

 Even though these cows at the water tank are
 actually at rest in the pasture waiting to have a baby,
 water is important as they prepare for delivery.

I'm thankful for these daily reminders of how blessed we
are with the basics of everyday life down on the dairy farm

                                              for our opportunity to share our blessings with
                                                                  the next generation!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Evergreen Easter

                                        Although  COVID-19 has disrupted our normal way
                                                   of living down on the Arkansas dairy farm,
                                      what hasn't changed is our Hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.

He Lives

He lives, He lives!
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, 
salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
--Alfred H. Ackley

From down on the dairy farm,
Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Yesterday we provided a dairy farm tour for a kindergarten teacher
wanting  to share an adventure with her students   via phone video. 
Our social distancing was maintained as we fed baby calves, 
observed milking and feeding of the cows.
The farm tour provided fun for both visitor and  farmer
as we shared our passion for everyday life on the farm that 
brings  nutritious milk to everyone's table. 

                                         I'm thankful for the joy in sharing  our love of dairy
                                          with others and for dedicated teachers  seeking
                                         creative  ways to keep our children  involved in the
                                          education  process during the challenges provided
                                                                     by COVID-19.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

More than 10 years ago , my Mother-in-Love Bonnah Lyn  presented me
with this blooming crab apple tree. Even though it's a bit crooked 
from a couple of bad storms causing a twist and loss of a  few branches,
you can't help but enjoy its beauty during the period of blooming 
and the sweet memories of my tree loving mother-in-law. 

There's a lot of assurance and hope in the unfolding of spring
 and  the routine  of daily life down on the dairy farm.
The impact of COVID-19 has removed alot of our normal in everyday
life but it can not remove our joy and hope!
I'm thankful that we are able to continue milking the cows, 
feeding the cows and calves  and producing high-quality milk
that feeds families in our community.

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually
grant you peace in every circumstance."
                   --II Thessalonians 3:16