Monday, September 22, 2014

Mommy Monday: Cutting the apron strings...kinda

Our oldest is officially a cub scout.  
A tiger cub to be exact and boy is he proud of it..
You see this Farmboy is following in the Farmer's footsteps.

For this momma though scouts has been a tough one and we are only 2 weeks in!!
 I don't go to scouts with the Farmboy.
This is a him and Daddy thing.
So each Tuesday the Farmer hurries to finish milking in order to drive the boy to scouts.

It's tough because I am the one who carts the boys to and from activities.
It's tough because this boy is his mama's baby...(he's much more a mama's boy than our youngest).
It's also tough because I DON"T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON!!

I'm a slight control freak...especially when it comes to scheduling.  
So not knowing what is going on...
or what to plan for stresses me out.

But as with each new phase in life I'm learning...
learning to sit back and enjoy my time with the Farmbaby,
learning to not worry about things out of my control,
and learning to let my little boy get beyond my reach,
 and explore the world without me.

It's a sad time 
but exciting to see all the joy 
scouts & some extra daddy time is bringing him.

Until we meet again...may God bless you & keep you!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Farmlife Friday: Stock Show Life

We are a stock show family.  
We spend days, weeks and months 
training kids and animals to work together as a team.

Kids have to learn how to set an animal just right to make them look their best,
the animals have to learn to trust the kids and listen to them.

We spend weekends and holidays traveling 100's of miles 
to look at, judge, purchase and show stock. 
In our family it's not just one kind.
We show pigs,



cows (beef & dairy),

and the occasional chicken.  

Many folks have asked why we do it...
and some days I can't tell you why...
it's hard work, 
cost lots of money & time, 
some days you get hurt,

 & it can make everyone a little grumpy from time to time...
but on more days than not I see why in the boys eyes...
it's the patience and responsibly learned

the friendships gained,
the work ethic,
the determination,

the compassion it teaches

the togetherness that it brings,

the tradition that lives on,

You see this isn't a game you can leave at the field, 
this is a way of life for your entire family.  
It takes everyone doing their part to make showing livestock fun.

I love that our boys can continue showing livestock...
they are at least the 4th generations in both families to show.
I pray that they grow to love the show ring and the work it takes to get there.

Until we meet again...God bless you & keep you!

(We're off to another show)


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What She Read: The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way by Stan & Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

What She Read Wednesday is a weekly feature here on The Farm Wife, sharing what the farm family has been reading.  Our bookshelves contains everything from animal husbandry, spiritual guides, to cookbooks.  I hope you enjoy our take on these books.

This week's book is an awesome kids book, that both boys have enjoyed reading. It's a great deal because you truly get 3 books in one.  We love The Berenstain Bears in general but this one is a great addition to our collection.  The Farmbaby loved the color illustrations.  Farmboy did really well reading most of the words but as a beginning reader he definitely needed some assistance throughout.     As a mom I love the message that this book sent.

We have used the first 2 of the 3 books multiple times since starting school to help calm fears and remind our oldest that God is always near.  I love that the Bible is referenced multiple times throughout each story.  The only thing is I would like to see maybe a notation for actual scripture references as some of the references don't jump out at you.

The third book tells the story of earning and spending money.  I love that the cubs had to work for the money they got and the items they requested were just handed over.  This is a great way to introduce the idea of earning and saving money to elementary age and younger children.  As a parent, I would have loved for the book to include tithing as well.

Overall the three books teach great values and tie everyday life back to serving and trusting in the Lord.  I hope you and your family enjoy these stories as much as we have :)

Until we meet again....God bless you & keep you



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Titus 2 Tuesday: Messy Beautiful Love

Wow today is the day!  
You can now purchase Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht!!

Titus 2 Tuesday are all about growing closer to God and follow the plan he has laid out for our life as wives, mothers, and women.  Darlene's new book does just that!

As a member of her launch team, I had a chance to preview the book and let me tell you it's real, raw, and life changing.  Darlene takes an open honest look at marriage, sharing with her readers details of her real life struggles.  

As I dug through her book....her story
I found myself compelled to look at my own marriage...
am I living my life with the purpose assigned to it by God?? 

"To love our husbands, raise our children with intent, and manage our homes well.  In doing so, we strengthen the bond of marriage and glorify God (Schact)."

One glance at that sentence and I realize NO!!
But Darlene's book isn't focused on shaming you into being the wife and mother God intended you to be.  It's about helping you grow and pursue the woman God has designed you to be.  She opens her heart and pours out personal examples of struggles she has faced in her marriage to help you learn 3 things...
1. You are not alone in your struggles (no matter how horrific you think they are)
2. God called YOU for YOUR FAMILY (no one else can do His will for your family)
3. Prayer is vital! (Seek God at every opportunity)

Darlene ends the book with 31 ways to pray for our husbands & a challenge.
Now I challenge you want to strengthen your marriage and grower closer to the Lord??
If so, take a moment....purchase the book...READ IT!!!  And then come back and share how it has affected your life & your marriage!!

Or better yet you can win a copy!!

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Until we meet again....God bless you & keep you :)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mommy Monday: Attitudes & Periodic Fever Syndrome

Some weeks test your patience more than others.  
Some weeks nothing seems to go as planned.
A couple of weeks ago that was our life.

Bad attitudes from the Farm baby accompanied by learning how to use the word "NO!" made for a rough week.  Not sure if he was going through a growth spurt, teething (which he does constantly I think) or if he had fluid on his ears.  But he was not his normal happy go lucky self.

The Farmboy wasn't either for that matter.  Poor guy battled a fever for 5 days straight.  It appears the fever is Periodic Fever Syndrome (PFS).  Never heard of it?? Don't worry I hadn't either until about a year ago. 

 For 5 months (Aug-Dec) we battled a fever each month.  The fevers would come on suddenly, reach about 104-105 and stay there.  Tylenol did nothing to help...actually would bump the fever up.  Motrin would bring it down to 102 or so but never completely go away.  

The first time it happened we ended up in the ER at the local children's hospital thinking Farmboy was having an appendicitis.  The doctors soon discovered that other than complaining of a belly ache and a high fever there was nothing else going on.  We went to our regular pediatrician again later that week.  Nothing...just a fever.  We were told to treat the fever and ensure he got plenty of fluids.  

Fast forward a month...we had another round but with less severe stomach pains.  This time we called the office, discussed the situation with the doctor and monitored him....the fever lasted 6 days.  

5 weeks later the fever returned with a vengeance.  It quickly spiked at 105 (under the arm)!! We headed for the peds office, blood work, urine test, and examines were done.  We talked with our ped daily for a week and even ended up back in the ER for dehydration.  

That's when she first mentioned  PFS.  She said that as long as we controlled the fever and they weren't disrupting his life we would monitor them and record any fever and symptoms.  That he should grow out of them by around age 10 or so.

  Of course as a mom I went home and researched all I could.  The simplest explanations I found were here.  This wasn't as cut and dry.  There were variations of the PFS, some I knew didn't fit, others I wasn't sure about.  There was the possibly for additional symptoms and higher fevers recurring more often.  I was a nervous wreck.

A month later another fever returned.  The first few days we just had the high fever then it progressed.  Both boys ended up with the flu.  The ped concluded that the Farmbaby had the flu first and with Farmboy's weaken immune system his body couldn't battle both.  More blood work was done.

At this point Farmboy had already missed 10+ days of school, not to mention being sent home at the onset of each.  Like any parent I was worried.  We didn't really know what to do next but our ped continued to reassure us that it wasn't life threatening.  We continued to monitor and record. 

Amazingly we made it through January and February fever free.  We had another episode in March and April...the temperatures were just as high but the duration was shorter... on average only 3 days.  Never did we have any other symptoms but a stomach ache and fever.  

We had a couple of feverish days in June but nothing as severe.  We thought that maybe it was just a fluke.  Maybe he didn't really have PFS he just exhibited similar symptoms.  I talked with other moms who's kids had various forms.  Some of them like clock work...others like consistent pattern.  August, almost a year to the day, we had another episode.  This time lasting 5 days.  We could manage the fever somewhat, but this time it affected his activity.  He slept for 3 days straight.  Motrin only kept his fever down for a couple of hours.  Now we are back to watching for signs of an impending episode.  

We had a scare last week.   Farmboy started complaining that his stomach hurt, he was irritable and sleepy, and warm.  I checked that poor kids temperature 100 times and it was elevated but not fever status.  Since there was no fever we sent him to school.  I emailed his sweet 1st year teacher to explain and ask her to keep a very close eye on him because the fever spikes quickly...especially after lunch...honestly I am sure I scared her to death.    

He never did run a fever, but all the other signs were there.  I have read that after having a  tonsillectomy this is possible but not sure about before.  For now we continue to watch the Farmboy closely and monitor his temperature often.  

Do you have any experience with PFS??  Share in the comments below.  

Until we meet again...God Bless You & Keep You


Friday, September 12, 2014

Farm Life Friday

This time of year is busy around the farm.

A new crop of calves are arriving from now until Dec...which we call Fall Calving Season

Cows still have to be milked and pastures made ready for winter

And sometime farm babies start practicing driving early.

Not to mention show season kicks into high gear here in the Southeast.  

Some shows like the pullet show at our local livestock show just award participation ribbons, while others place kids and their animals all the way from 1 to 10 (or more).

Showing livestock isn't for everyone.  
It takes lots of work to teach your animal to walk and set up.
Not to mention it takes a good deal of funds to feed your animal properly for show.

Sometimes it even takes a little help from a friend, when you are showing a ewe or a calf bigger than you.

But all that hard work pays off.  
Not only to the kids get ribbons and prize money

They also learn valuable lessons in responsibly, animal husbandry, and sportsmanship.  

Overall our 1st full weekend of showing went well but more than the ribbons and awards, the Farmboy enjoyed hanging out with his friends and eating Nana Peggy's animal themed cupcakes :) 

Until we meet again...