Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Although our daylight hours are silently 
slipping away as fall approaches,
the hours in September have been packed
with weaning calves and cattle working.

Each calf has received a new ear tag for 
identification, vaccinations, and wormer before
being moved to a new pasture. 

It wasn't a rodeo but it was fun to watch the 
calves kicking up their heels and showing off
as they were released from the head chute.
We decided it was their reaction to the cooler
temperatures we were all enjoying!

Even though we are not milking cows on the farm,
we are still raising babies in the hutches.
These calves are from our cows
 that are being milked at other farms. 

Their care requires feeding milk and grain 
twice daily and monitoring them
 closely for any illness. 

Living on the farm isn't just all work!
As you can see,
Hattie and Breck make life exciting and fun.

                                      I'm thankful for our life on the farm and for the jobs

                                                      of raising calves and kids!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Just before Labor Day, the square baler was pulled out of the shed, greased and
oiled, and sent to the field for what almost seems like an outdated practice.

The making of small square bales is a might more tedious than 
driving the big round baler down the field.  
You have decisions to make on the size of the
bale and the tension of the string. It proves that there is an art
  to farming and a lot of patience and praying with each bale
 that scoots out the shoot!

With the help of  the hay accumulator, a skid loader,
and a long trailer, the job of storing the hay is greatly 
 improved from the days of  a hay hauling crew that 
bucked each bale on the trailer in the field then
 unloaded and stacked  them in the barn on
 a 100 degree summer day.

I'm thankful for all the modern machinery that 
makes it possible to produce food for our calves and cows,
for the rain that we have been blessed with in this 
late summer season,

                                                 for these farm dogs that love life on the farm!


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Thankful Thursday

It was a bitter sweet moment as I watched the group of 
bred Holstein heifers being checked by the veterinarian
before being loaded on a truck for a trip to their 
new home in Texas. 
The heifers will be having their babies in just
a couple of months.
We have almost three years invested in the  daily
           care of each of these heifers.
I was with them on their first day on the farm
when we moved their mother to the milking barn and
I became their caretaker feeding them with a bottle.
I'm going to miss seeing their babies !

I'm thankful to have married the dairy farmer 
that has shared his calling with me  to be a caretaker
of these beautiful animals and a steward of the 
land we call home,

                                                        the continued daily work on the farm,

for the opportunities that appear through transitions
in life on the farm.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Although every day is different on the farm, 
we also have a routine that you can set your clock by.
When I see the calves gathering by the gate, hear the chain on the gate fall,
and see black calves turn and make  the big run for the feed manger,
I know the farmer with the feed has arrived!

The farmer and his feed truck are a little like the Pied Piper.
Calves will follow the farmer and his feed truck anywhere!


                                         Calves aren't the only things growing down on the farm!


                                 I'm thankful that Breck and Hattie are often part of our routine

                                                             days down on the farm!

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Welcome to Vaughn Elementary

The community is  invited to attend the Vaughn Elementary
 ribbon cutting and open house on Monday, July 18,5:30-7:30.
I can't wait!
I've been excited since the Bentonville School Board chose
the name Vaughn Elementary. It was a labor of love for several 
community members to speak up for the name that brings
many fond memories of school days at the original 
Vaughn School.

The new Vaughn Elementary is located at
5301 SW Barron Road, Bentonville.
Since the new school is located on the southwest side
of our farm, I have watched the construction through 
every phase. It is a beautiful campus. 

This new school definitely changes the landscape of 
our community and our farming community.
At night with all the lights  it looks like a small city! 

It is my hope that  students that attend this school
will love their school like those who attended the
original Vaughn School.

                                                       Welcome to Vaughn Elementary!





Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Thankful Thursday

After the chores were finished, our family  gathered around the table for
our traditional  July 4th picnic supper in the cool of the air conditioner and
then made our journey to the pond for a fantastic fireworks display.
We all have a few mosquito and chigger bites but it was worth it
for the fun we had.
I am thankful for the many July 4th  memories we have
 made in this pastoral spot on the farm,

for the curious guests that joined in the fun until the first 
fire cracker was lit,

for the two inches of rain we received that 
allowed us to plant  part of our fall crop,

 for the freedoms we enjoy every day!

                                                            God bless America!

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Conversations in the last few weeks, no matter what the subject, often ended
with "I'm just 91,you know!"
It is hard to believe that my Mother is now 91.
Our party was a sweet celebration with family and friends.
Our expert candle blowers were ready for the task even though
the total of only  10 candles represented the big 91.

I celebrate not only the fact that my Mother has made this 
91 year milestone, but that she has lived her life to the 
fullest.  Her life has been full of working and serving 
others in the community through church and civic involvement,
 caring for her family, and cherishing her many friendships.

I also find it a fitting time during Women's History Month
to celebrate a few of the  achievements of  my Mother, Mary Baggett.

Mother has always loved her home town, Bentonville.
That love led her to become involved in the local politics.
She was the glass ceiling breaker for Bentonville becoming 
 the first woman elected to the Bentonville City Council in 1972.
and the first woman elected to the Benton County Quorum Court in 1982.
I am proud of the investment she made of her time to 
make Bentonville an even better place to live for all of us.

Most of all, I am thankful 
for all  the love Mother  gives so freely to me ,
my family and  all those who know her.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Winter's Last Hurrah

With the end of February and the turning of the calendar, we all have that 
hope and realization that spring is just around the corner.
However, March seldom gives up those last winter weather days.

As I faced the north wind and blowing snow this morning, I
was pretty sure that Winter was shouting its last hurrah and 
probably having a good laugh!

Fluctuating temperatures like we have experienced this month
are very stressful for the calves and often bring illness
such as pneumonia and scours. 

Providing  blankets to keep them warm, providing
warm milk twice daily, bedding the hutches with straw 
 or shavings and monitoring each calf  closely is 
 our everyday farmer job.

These jonquil blooms earlier this week
were just a little bit early for real spring

                                  but they did confirm the hope and promise of  spring is real!


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Just before this week's winter sleet and thunder storm,
we welcomed a new Holstein heifer calf.
Her mother was standing back just watching her new baby
while the other cow was trying so hard to
be a substitute mother.  If we could only explain to her
that she will have her very own calf in just a short time!

I'm so thankful that this new baby was born
on a warmer, balmier weather day,

 we had no bone breaking falls on  the ice
and can still  marvel at winter's beauty.

Come on Spring--we're ready!!