I'm a 5th generation farmgirl who married a farmboy from the neighboring county 15 years ago. We reside on the family farm with our own 3 farmkids. Follow me as I share our life full of agriculture, autism, homeschooling, housekeeping, following Jesus and everything else!
Raising your own chickens for eggs and meat is one of the first steps for your new homestead, right? I call chickens the gateway drug! Trust me, you start with chickens, then you move on to goats, then pigs, then cows, then who knows what else…. and your husband and kids are like “Please stop! We don’t want anymore chores!” Seriously, this has NOT happened in my life- ha!
Do you love all the farmhouse decor that’s so popular these days??
Especially, since I live on a farm and have always kind of decorated that way (I use “decorated” loosely…. I’m so not talented in that area!)
When we remodeled our house a few years ago, I ended up with a large, blank, windowless wall in our living room. I had no idea what to do with it (remember the lack of talent in the decorating arena??), so I lived with it for 3 years and pondered.
Just a little background on my lack of the decorating gene… we lived in a farmhouse south of town for 4 years and I didn’t hang a single thing in the living room the entire time we lived there!! And we had a GIANT blank wall! Yeah….
You see, I have the nasty habit of starting projects and not finishing them in a timely manner.
I have all sorts of excuses….
Life gets in the way, I don’t have time, I don’t have the proper materials, etc.
This particular quilt has been two years in the making. I bought my fabric exactly two years ago, but first I made myself the deal that I had to complete my nephew’s graduation quilt.
So, I did, but then it took me several months of coming up with excuses before I started on mine. I’d get good momentum, then the next step would paralyze me a little, so I’d come up with more excuses for why I couldn’t work on it.
One of my goals this year was to complete that quilt (which means getting the top pieced so I could give it to my mom to machine quilt) by March 1. And I kept hem hawing around about why I just didn’t have time.
My sister gave me a swift *metaphorical* kick in the butt and told me I should just sit down and finish that darn thing, come hell or high water. (I’m paraphrasing here, lol).
So, ten days ago, I did just that.
I ignored everything else in my life (within reason… my family still got fed and we still got school done!) and just sewed, sewed, sewed. And in six days I had that quilt done!
And that’s my advice for you.
One way to complete a goal?
JUST DO IT!!!!!
Sounds like a Nike commercial, right??? But it works… albeit at the expense of other things in your life.
If you have a project that you are determined to complete this year, I challenge you to just do it and get it done. Quit making excuses and make it happen!!
Have you ever blocked out all else in your life to complete a long awaited project or goal? Did you like that method or do you prefer a slow and steady pace?
Do you think your child has dyslexia? How do you know? And what do you do about? Can you “cure” it with homeschooling?
Those were all questions that I had about 5 years ago.
We started homeschooling Elisa during kindergarten and by the time she was in 3rd grade, I was pretty confident I had this homeschool thing down. She could read well, write well, knew all of her math facts. She was actually a couple years ahead of her grade level!
So, when it was time for Lindy to start kindergarten that year, I figured it would be a piece of cake. I knew she was smart and she had always been advanced for her age. She started walking at 9 months and had a giant vocabulary by 18 months. I figured she’d be like Elisa and practically teach herself and I would just be along for the ride.
Parenting an autistic teenager is a whole different ball game than parenting a little kid. Hormones go haywire, they get big and strong, and things just get harder. It kind of comes as a shock, really.
Their future as adults starts to stare you down and it can look downright scary!
How will my kid live on their own? Will they be able live on their own? What happens when they are bigger than me? How do you get help and services? What if they can’t tell me what’s causing behavior changes?
Years ago, when I was growing up, my parents instituted a rule that when we turned 13 we were responsible for buying our own clothes. The farm would provide us with a pair of work boots and every day coat (meaning the coat you wore to do chores and farmwork) and Mom and Dad would make sure we had a decent “good” coat (meaning it was nicer, but you wore it forever!), but all other clothing purchases were your responsibility (we did get underwear at Christmas, though, so that helped, lol).
I had no other friends who had to buy ALL of their own clothes! Seriously. If they needed new jeans, their parents bought it for them. They want a new sweater? Their parents bought it for them. Now, granted, my situation was slightly different, in that I had a good job by 13 (farming for your dad starts early and he paid pretty well. And you get LOTS of summer hours in the tractor!) But I had friends who had jobs later who still didn’t have to buy all of their own clothes.
OK, so I’ve always been one to have resolutions or goals at the start of a new year. Ever since I was a kid, I’d write them down in my diary or really ponder something. As an adult, those resolutions became things like “Keep the house cleaner.” Oh-so exciting and specific, right?
Usually my resolutions revolved around my faults and very often, I never lived up to what I thought I should do. I didn’t have a clear definition, though, just a general idea.
This year I’m trying it differently. I’m going to list out my specific goals (and give you periodic updates!) and also have a word that sums it all up.
Today, I’m going to a just give you a random post about a little bit of “everything else” that’s been going on around here! July, August and September threw for a bit of a loop and I’ve had a hard time sitting in front of the computer to blog about it. It was a good loop, mind you 😉
1 Tent camping over Labor Day
Jeff’s family has camped in Noel, Missouri over Labor Day for decades, literally. It’s a large family affair involving distant cousins, great aunts, etc. Anyway, we have a great time, but due to livestock issues and the crowded conditions of the river (which Reece doesn’t do well with), we didn’t go last year. Instead we started going during August in the middle of the week with Jeff’s parents and his sister and her family. It had gotten really difficult for both Jeff and his dad to be gone at the same time because of the cattle operation and finding someone to water and check on everything, so they decided that this summer, they couldn’t both be gone at the same time. Well, we went camping in August for 5 days in our camper with Jeff’s sister and her family, but my girls and I really missed going over Labor Day with the big group. So, we took a wild hair and decided to just load the truck up, drive over ourselves, and tent camp! Continue reading “…and Everything Else”→