Wednesday, December 31, 2014

14 in 2014: Year In Review

It's hard to believe this is the last post of 2014.  
As  I look back on this year, I am amazed at the way God has worked in my life.
 On January 1st I posted my 14 things I wanted to accomplish in 2014.  
Let's see how I did...

1. Pray about everything!  
I can honestly say that I spent more time in prayer in 2014 than I ever have, but I can't say that I prayed about everything.  I think this is a process in which it takes time.  My desire is that prayer becomes second nature.

2. Study Scripture Daily.
I did not study God's word daily.  There were days that it just didn't happen...and that's OK.  Through God's word I learned this year that I have to give grace not only to others but myself as well.

3.  Tithe 1st, not last.
We did a better job this year with tithing from the heart than in years past.  I still find it difficult to give when I know money will be tight.  I am working on leaving my comfort zone so that we may give freely without hesitation or remorse.

4. Memorize 12 verses of Scripture
This year taught me that I stink at memorizing scripture.  As much as I try sometimes the words just don't stick.  I have hidden more verses in my heart but still struggle with complete verse memorization.

5. Organize my life.
Ummm...we live in organized chaos does that count??

6. Declutter Our House
A huge work in progress!!  We have hauled more than clothes, toys, and "junk" off this year than ever before.  I still feel like I am drowning under a mountain of laundry but we are working to corral that.

7. Set a daily schedule and stick to it!! 
Bahahahaha....all I can do is laugh.  Our set routine is basic and just gets us by.  Farm life doesn't allow for dinner every night at 7 however patience and grace does allow for us to roll with the punches.

 8. Pay off Debt!!!
We are better than we were last year at this time but still working on accomplishing our dream of being debt free!

9. Put at least $1000 in our savings account for a rainy day fund
I am happy to say as of this moment we have completed this task and then some.  However with a pending maternity leave and no enough paid time to cover it I'm sure we will have to use these funds when baby #3 arrives.

10.  Put at least $200 extra into each of the boy's savings account.
We did add to the boys' savings accounts this year...praying that they don't have to encumber the debt I did if they choose to go to college.

11.  Do a family outing once a month. 
We did do more family outings this year, however many of them centered around livestock shows...which honestly for this show mom is perfectly ok :)

12.  Exercise 3 times a week and include the boys as often as possible.  
Let's just say this didn't happen as planned...

13.  Go on a date night just William &I once a month
Nah...this didn't happen either

14.  Post 60 blog post, plus keep our social media sites updated.
In 2014 I posted 103 blogs.
I completed my 1st blogging challenge.
The top 5 post focused on Family Farmers.
Our social media presents grew by leaps and bounds,
not only for my blog's Facebook page but also the farms.

Overall I think 2014 has been a successful year and I can't wait to see what 2015 holds.

Happy New Year to you all & God bless you!

Caci

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MyFarmer: Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned


My Farmer went to college. He has a degree in Agriculture Education, however his greatest lessons weren't found in books or from professors but from the farmers that came before him.  We are so thankful for the influence that the man above had in our life.  Not only from a farming perspective but  life in general.  Sadly today has been one year since we laid our precious PawPaw to rest.  There's not a day that goes by that we don't think about him.  The Farm boys still talk about him all the time.  

Every time "He Walked On Water" plays in my playlist I get a little teary eyed knowing that the relationship described in that song is a perfect to parallel to Farmboy and PawPaw.  In case you don't know what song I'm talking about...you can check it out here


God Bless,

Caci

Friday, December 12, 2014

MyFarmer: JOY


The Christmas season is upon us.  Everywhere you look you see things that make many people happy and joyful, however things don't bring just but temporary joy.  
Knowing Christ is the only thing that can bring the ultimate joy.  

Do you know the Lord?
Have you gotten off the path?

It's easy to get back to Him...
and it all starts with prayer.

Praying for you and your family this Christmas season that y'all may know the ultimate Joy of accepting Christ into your hearts.

God Bless,

Caci

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MyFarmer: Raising Men


We firmly believe that we aren't raising little boys...
we are working hard to raise men.
Men who love the Lord with all their heart,
men who know the value of hard work.  

So if you see us expecting more our of our boys then you think we should...
cause they are just little boys...
remember we are raising men...not boys.

God Bless,

Caci

Monday, December 8, 2014

MyFarmer: The Road Less Traveled


According to the 2013 census 316 MILLION people live in the U.S!!!
MyFarmer has taken the road less traveled...
is one of the 2 million who work every day to feed our family and yours.

God Bless,

Caci

Friday, December 5, 2014

MyFarmer: Priorities


It's important to us to set priorities.  In doing so it helps to put life into perspective. 
Our family priorities mirror that of the Farmer
1. God
2. Family
3. Farming

Everything else is just extra God has blessed us with!

God Bless,

Caci


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MyFarmer: When the work is done


"When the Work is Done"


Supper at our house isn't at a set hour.  Our goal is to eat together as many nights of the week as possible.  To do that we have to be flexible, because the Farmer's job doesn't end at 5 or even dark.  His day's worth of work is done when every animal has been cared for, everything that can be fixed is fixed and the last field is checked.  In 9 + years of marriage I can't tell you a day that he was off before 7 excluding the birth of our children.  

God Bless,

Caci



Monday, December 1, 2014

MyFarmer: 10 Generations

10 generations


Being the 10th generation of both families to be involved in production agriculture, we value our history.  That history includes the land we farm.  If we desire to have the 11th generation join us on the farm then we must do our best to improve our resources not deplete them.

God Bless,

Caci