New Year's Resolutions?!

I have never been a person who liked to set New Year’s Resolutions, or when I did set them, I wasn’t all that great at following through with them. Over the last couple of years, I have become better at sitting down and doing some goal planning. As I have mentioned before, we have lot’s of dreams for our farm & business so goal planning has been kind of fun!

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This year was no exception. I have spent a lot of time reflecting on life in general over the last couple of months, and the goals we want to set for ourselves in 2019. As I mentioned last week, 2018 was a year of transition for us, in both a business and personal way, so looking forward to 2019 to get moving on some new goals!

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One of my goals was to get back into reading and spend more time doing it. Reading is fuel for the brain, you can learn so much from a book, newspaper, website, blog, etc. Last week I shared a book I just recently finished called “I Used to Be So Organized, Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace”, and I am just finishing another book by the same author called “Doing Busy Better, Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest”. They both touch on the idea of balance. I don’t know about you but I find that idea almost impossible. I find when I am strong in one area of life I am weak in another. You just can’t be on top of everything all the time. One of the take away’s from both books was the idea of “just because you are good at something, doesn’t mean you should always say yes to doing it”. No is a hard word for a lot of people. No is a very hard word for me. I like to take on projects, events, activities, etc because they give me a sense of fulfillment or something. What I have realized after reading these two books, is that always saying yes can often mean a sacrifice somewhere, and that sacrifice is often your family life.

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That leads into another of our goals for 2019…Family First! Why do we as a society believe that our schedule always has to be jam packed with “stuff”?! Why isn’t it okay to have dates on the calendar with absolutely nothing on them…blank….a white box?? Steve and I have had numerous conversations about our kids, schedules, and priorities. Within our goal for “Family First”, is getting back to good old family dinners around the kitchen table. That was always a big priority for us, but as we get “busier” it seems to be the first thing to slip. Sitting around the dinner table together is where we often learn the most about our kids lives. It seems to be the place where they divulge the most about their day, their friends, any trouble they had. It’s the place where they get our undivided attention, no devices, no tv, no interruptions. It’s a valuable time in our house, and one that we don’t want to sacrifice. It was one of the things we talked about when I quit my job to “stay at home”, as being important to us.

You’ve heard me say many times that living on the farm has it’s highs and lows. One of the not so high, highs, would be the “schedule” or rather lack there of. There are no set times for the work day. Steve doesn’t go out and work your typical 9:00-5:00pm. One thing that was new to me when I met Steve was the idea of not working on a Sunday, having always worked in retail in one form or another it was something I simply just did not consider. The Bloomfield family as a whole has always honored Sunday as a day of rest. Another of our goals for 2019 is actually to get back to honoring that day as a day of rest. It’s so easy to get caught up in the status quo of shopping, yard work, house work, office work, etc, on a Sunday. I’m certainly not here to judge anyone else for how they spend their days, but for us taking a day to rest, spend time with our kids and just relax is super important! I used to think that because Steve worked some pretty crazy hours, Sundays were for us to “catch up”. We would get busy with house projects, yard work, errands, etc and my reason would always be that I only get his undivided attention on Sundays to get these things done. What I have learned is that not only do we need the physical break, but the mental break as well. When we actually rest on a Sunday, it sets the week up to be a much better, more productive one. So we are going to work on setting that day aside for rest, relaxation and family time!

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There are many advantages to being self-employed, with your business at your home. On the flip side there are also disadvantages to that. Living where you work can often mean there is no clear line between “work life” and “home life”, they often just blend together. Farming is very much a way of life, rather then a career, or job, making that line even blurrier. Another of the things that I took away from the two books mentioned above, was the idea of “Being versus Doing”. So the idea of “I am what I do”, “how I feel about myself is connected with how well I perform”. “When your identity is grounded in your accomplishments, it creates a never-ending cycle of pursuit”. Well hello, that was like walking into a brick wall. Not exactly how either of us want to be. Thus I bring you to yet another of our goals for this year. As I wrote about at the beginning of this post, “No” is a hard one for both myself and Steve. When asked to help out, volunteer, give of our time, tackle one more thing on the to-do list, we more often then not say “Yes”. We seem to have forgotten the essentials and the idea of “Being”, rather then “Doing”. We want to “be present” in this life we live. So our goal is to go back to the basics. To cut out all the things that fill our time, to cut out the “doing” that defines us, and focus more on the “being”. I will come full circle, back to the beginning of this post. Family First, cut out the extras, focus on our family, be diligent in making time for what’s important and if there is extra time left over, give of ourselves to things that WE feel are important. It’s okay to say No, especially when yes would be at the expense of your family.

We are both excited to see what 2019 has in store for us. We will continue to work on putting our family first, attempt to cut out the road blocks, enjoy this life, because as we have learned far too many times already, this life is too darn short. Our kids are growing so fast, and we don’t get a do-over, so we want to be as present as possible, and learn from our mistakes. We have some pretty lofty goals, but in the end they will all be worth it, if it means having a peaceful family that is happy, healthy, and well- adjusted. With kids that grow up knowing what is and is not a priority and of the utmost importance to us as a family unit. As I said before I am certainly not here to judge others, and I don’t pretend to know or have all the answers. I’m simply sharing what I have learned at this stage in life, and where we are hoping to lead our family.

I hope you have a great week!

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It's the New Year already?!

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You guys, I’m not sure where the time has gone this year! I can’t believe it’s January already!

I had the best of intentions in 2018. As I scroll through the blog I am reminded that there was so much I wanted to do, so many projects that I wanted to complete. However life happens, and I would have to say that 2018 was a year of transition for us. A year of transition in all aspects of our life, personal, family, business, friendships, church, kids, seasonally, etc. We never know what God has in store for us, and this year was no different. In January when I looked at the calendar I had goals set that I wanted to reach, again both personally and in our business. Some were reached, some were tabled, and some flat out failed. However as the story goes, we pick ourselves up and dust off and keep on moving.

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I read a book in December titled, “I Used to be so Organized”. It has been an eye-opener for me, a bit of a reality check of sorts. I have always tried to be organized and on top of things. I like a neat, organized home, I like calendars and To-Do lists, and staying on top of things. When Steve and I decided that I should quit my job to stay at home and help on the farm, over 8 years ago, it was because we planned to have children, and it was one of our major priorities that I stay home with them. That was important to us then, and is still important to us today. With that was the idea that I would keep the home organized and running smoothly, which has had it’s ups and downs as most things do. One of the “transitions” that happened this year was training others to work in the store, to help out when needed. We enlisted the help of Steve’s mother, Wendy, daughter, Hayley, and a family friend, Kylie. The two teenagers alternate working on Saturdays, and have done an amazing job. It gives them both a little spending money, and reinforces customer service and social skills. Wendy helps us out on some Thursdays and Fridays when I am running kids to appointments, activities, meetings, or volunteering at the school and/or church. It’s been great having these lovely ladies to help me out, so I can return my focus to the family, our home and the farm. One of my goals for 2019 in the business is our OFFICE! I want to get things back on track in bookkeeping, organization, social media and this…the blog. I’ve had so many ideas in my head and would like to have the time to follow through on them. So while you may not see me in the store as often, I am busy behind the scenes working this business of ours! And you will still be greeted by some lovely, smiling faces in the store! A win-win!

We are excited to close the door on 2018, and run through the door of 2019! Possibilities are endless, and we are looking forward to God’s leading in our lives this year.

Of course we can’t forget to shout out a big Thank You to all of our amazing customers, to all of you who have followed along as we navigate our life here on the farm! To all of you who support our business, and buy local, straight from the farm. To all of you who come back to visit us time and time again. We appreciate the support, the kind words, the reviews, the word of mouth recommendations, and all the love! We know we wouldn’t be here without all of you..

Sending out wishes for a happy, healthy, safe New Year!

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How can it be....the most wonderful time of the year again...already?!

Well here we are, busy preparing for our most favourite event of the year….again! It doesn’t seem like we are 10 months into the year already, that 2018 is beginning to wind down already. This year has really flown by!

None the less, we are rapidly approaching our 5th Annual Christmas Open House, it’s equally as hard to believe that we are nearing our 5th season of kicking off Christmas with our Open House.

We are really looking forward to things this year! As with any business and event, we have some changes up our sleeves to improve things, and keep it exciting.

We have a great lineup of vendors, an appearance both days by Santa, great live music provided by local Jay Rovillos, and some great treats, refreshments and food!

Follow our Facebook page for updates, sneak peaks and more leading up to the event.

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Looking forward to the season and seeing everyone!

Can’t wait to see you out for our 5th Annual Christmas event! Please invite your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers!

Can’t wait to see you out for our 5th Annual Christmas event! Please invite your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers!

New Arrival!

This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind around Bloomers Family Farm!

For the last couple of years Hayley, along with her friend Lindsey, has been involved in the Ilderton 4H Sheep Club.  When they first started out they purchased a lamb in March/April, worked with it throughout the spring and summer and then participated in both the Western Fair 4H Show, and the Ilderton Fair 4H Achievement Day.   At the Ilderton Fair they would sell their sheep in the Open Sale.

 

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Last year they both decided that they would venture into the world of Breeding Ewe’s....this meant that they didn’t sell them at the Ilderton Fair they brought them home with them and borrowed a Ram (that they named Ronny), with the hopes of having baby lambs.    If things worked out then the girls could produce their own 4H animals, and not have to spend the money purchasing them from someone else. They could also raise the animal from birth, get to know it, grow with it and work with it earlier on, to hopefully have a successful show year in 4H.

 

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Ronny with his ladies!!

 

This venture opened a whole new world for this farm....sheep are not something that we have ever had, so we are learning as we go!   We have done lots of research online, in books and through social media by watching videos and reading posts by various sheep farmers.   Thankfully we have friends and acquaintances who have been in the business of sheep farming for many years, and have been very helpful! 

 

Ronny arrived mid October, so 152 days from that time, we assumed if they got pregnant, they would lamb sometime during March Break (March 12-16).   Hayley was quite excited that she might be able to be around when it happened.  

 

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Both these lovely ladies have grown significantly over the last couple of months.   There has been much discussion about procedures, and plans for the arrival of baby lambs throughout the weeks!    

 

As per usual in the farming world, nothing ever usually goes exactly as planned.   On Saturday this weekend, Steve was gone to hockey with the little boys, Hayley was gone for the weekend, I was getting ready for a baby shower and Wendy was working in the store.   A typical, busy Saturday around here.    

Wendy came to the door very quickly to let me know that Clare had just went into the barn and found a baby lamb had just been born!!!  Yikes!! These “exciting” things always seem to happen when Steve is off the farm, and that isn’t often, thankfully.   So I quickly changed my clothes and headed out to see what had transpired. 

 

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We are excited to welcome a little boy, whom the girls decided to name “Curious George”, to the farm!!!  Mama and baby are doing very well!   This little guy is strong, he was up and standing quickly and found his way to nurse shortly there after.   The cutest little lamb!  Curious George is from Lindsey’s sheep, Hayley is anxiously awaiting the arrival of hers, whom looks ready to pop any day now! 

 

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So here we go on the next adventure on Bloomers Family Farm!  Be sure to follow along with us!

The most wonderful time of the YEAR!

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I can't believe it is that time of the year again already!!!  I'm not sure where the time has gone! Now that the Ilderton Fair and Thanksgiving are past us, we are in full on Christmas Open House mode!

We have our lineup of wonderfully, amazing vendors ready to go, and are making plans to make this the best Open House yet!

Join us on Friday, November 10, 2017, the store will be open at 10:00am regular business hours, but will remain open until 9:00pm that day.   Our fabulous vendors will join us from 5:00-9:00pm.   Or you can join us all on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10:00-5:00pm, or better yet join us both days!

We will have Christmas décor & giftware, meat specials, draws & giveaways, treats and warm drinks!   There will be lot's to see, all while embracing the "Country" Christmas feel.

Make sure to add this event to your calendar, and plan to come out and see us!

Find a list of our amazing vendors on our Facebook page and listed in our "event"! 

Fall = Ilderton Fair!

Not only does September mean the start of school, but in this neck of the woods it also means the excitement of Ilderton Fair is in the air!   For our family Ilderton Fair is almost as good as the Christmas season, we get so excited as we anticipate the arrival of the fair each year!

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We generally only close the store for holidays, and Ilderton Fair is no exception.   Because we close the store on the Saturday of Ilderton Fair every year, we thought we would give you a look into why we are so passionate about it.

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Our family is involved in the fair in many, many ways.   Steve and his dad, Clare, have been both volunteers and board members with the Ilderton Fair for years.    They along will many, many other amazing volunteers give hours upon hours of their time to help make the fair as successful as possible.

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All 4 of the kids are involved in the fair in one way or another.   Both of the "bigs" (Nathan & Hayley), are involved in a local 4H club, beef and sheep respectively.  On the Saturday both of these 4H clubs hold their achievement day.   The bigs work all summer on their animals preparing them for the achievement day at the fair.   It's a great experience for them, and a nice way to end the club each year.  

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On the Friday night of the fair, Nathan participates in the Beef Show and Sale.  We are very thankful to our butcher Trevor Edwards of Zurich Meat Market for supporting Nathan and buying his steer this year!   On Saturday afternoon once he has finished his 4H achievement day Nathan participates in the calf scramble.   Crowds of people come out to watch this event and cheer on the kids who get up enough nerve to "throw their hat in the ring" as they say.   Nathan has also begun to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and help out wherever and whenever he is needed around the fair.  He was able to help out during the tractor pull and demo derby, and helped with set up and tear down over the course of the weekend.    Steve is also involved in the 4H achievement day as he has been a leader for the 4H Beef Club for the last number of years.   He enjoys working with the kids and their animals, and spends most of his Saturday at the fair, in the barn helping to make things run as smoothly as possible for the 4H club.  

                                                                                                                

 

Nathan attempting to put a halter on a calf during the calf scramble.

Nathan attempting to put a halter on a calf during the calf scramble.

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 Historically Hayley has also sold her lamb, however this year after a suggestion from her dad she decided to try her hand at a breeding ewe.   This meant that she would show her ewe for the 4H achievement day but it came home with us this time.   She is currently in the process of having her ewe bred by a ram, whom she named Ronny, and is hopeful for some baby lambs some time in March if all goes well.    A very exciting venture for her and the farm this year!

 

 

Hayley and her "partner in crime" after their 4H achievement day show.

Hayley and her "partner in crime" after their 4H achievement day show.

The "littles" (Mason & Wyatt), have begun their involvement in the fair by following in big brothers footsteps of participating in the mutton busting!   A major event throughout the weekend of the fair, one that draws crowds of people to watch, definitely a must see attraction!   Aside from that they just love to "live" at the fair, cheering on their siblings, and taking in all there is to see and do.   It's great to have such an amazing event right in your own backyard, in a wonderful community!

The "littles" and their buddy proudly showing their earnings after participating in the mutton busting!

The "littles" and their buddy proudly showing their earnings after participating in the mutton busting!

We (Bloomers), were fortunate enough this year to be able to donate the prize to the winner of the Baking Category in the Homecraft Department, with the highest number of points!  Congratulations to Shannon Dewan!

We (Bloomers), were fortunate enough this year to be able to donate the prize to the winner of the Baking Category in the Homecraft Department, with the highest number of points!  Congratulations to Shannon Dewan!

So as you can see we are very invested in our local fair, we love to support our community and the hard work of the many volunteers that pull it off every year, rain or shine!   If you haven't had a chance to visit, be sure to make a point to come on out next year and see what you've been missing!  

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Hayley and her friends playing the Bubble Soccer!

Hayley and her friends playing the Bubble Soccer!

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We are so thankful to all of our amazing customers for understanding our desire to support our community!

Chicken Freezer is full...now what?!

Our chicken freezer is FULL again!   We are often asked how to cook a whole chicken.  We prefer to cook whole chickens rather then pieces as you get more "bang for your buck"!  Instead of paying a higher price for a single boneless/skinless chicken breast you can pay substantially less for a whole chicken and get multiple meals out it! When you use a whole chicken you not only get lots of meat for the whole week but you can use the carcuss for some really good chicken soup broth!  Yum!

We will usually cook up a whole chicken at the beginning of the week and cut it up to put in a big ziploc bag so we can easily and quickly use it for various meals throughout the busy week, such as fajitas, chicken stir fry, chicken pot pie, chicken ceasar wraps, etc. 

I've included a great and easy whole chicken recipe!  Enjoy! 

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Whole chicken weights vary in size from 5 lbs to 8 lbs usually.

Contest Time!!!

We are having a contest/giveaway!!!  

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To enter all you have to do is head on over to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/BloomersFarm, and post a picture of you or a friend/family member cooking or enjoying a Bloomers meat product, at the bottom of our post explaining the contest. 

The contest closes on Friday, August 4th in the morning, just in time for the Civic Holiday weekend!

 The prize pack up for grabs is Bloomers Ribeye steak for 4, BBQ sauce, baby potatoes, and Caesar salad mix with all the fixins....a full meal to enjoy over the long weekend!

 Here are some examples for you to enjoy....haha 

It's ALWAYS BBQ season around here!! 

It's ALWAYS BBQ season around here!! 

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Bloomers Patties on the grill! 

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Some BIG roasts being cooked, 25 lbs each to be exact! 

 

We can't wait to see the pictures of our wonderful customers enjoying our products!!  So get snappin those pics this weekend! 

 

A common question..."hanging weight vs dressed weight"

Buying a side of beef, whether it’s a quarter, half or whole animal, can be an economical way of filling the freezer and supporting local farmers.   However the whole process can be a little confusing for any first time customer.  So here’s a detailed explanation of how it works!

The first stage of processing is called “Live Weight” (also known as “on the hoof”, or “hoof weight”)
It’s just as it says, the live weight of the animal before processing.   This is the least commonly used method with direct to market meat sales because most farmers don’t have scales on the property, such as our farm, (or the desire to load a 1200 pound animal into the chute to try and weigh them).   This weight measurement may also calculate in shrink.   Shrink is what the industry refers to as the amount of weight the animal loses through natural processes during handling and transportation to the processing facility.   If the animal was to be weighed before shrink, the customer would be paying for hoof weight that has already “exited the body”.

The next stage of processing is called the “Hanging Weight” (also known as “on the rail”)
This refers to the weight of the beef as it hangs in the butcher’s cooler once the head, hide, feet, organs and blood are removed.   Since most every butcher bases the processing fees on the hanging weight, it is the most widely used measurement by direct to market farmers.   This is the weight measurement we use when selling a side of beef.  

The final stage is called the “Cut & Wrap Yield” (also known as “package weight”)
This refers to the actual weight of all the packages of individual cuts of meat that you will put in your freezer.   When the carcass is broken down into recognizable cuts, there is some loss when cuts are deboned and fat is trimmed away.   The carcass yield will also depend on the types of cuts you selected for your side (especially the amount of boneless cuts you choose).   

During each step of processing, some weight is lost.   It is very important to keep this fact in mind when trying to calculate exactly how much meat your share contains.   When figuring out the cost of a quarter, half or whole side of beef, we take the Hanging Weight provided to us by the butcher and multiply it by the current price per pound.

If you are at all interested in purchasing a quarter, half or whole animal we are currently booking into mid to late September, so let us know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some days you win....some days you lose.

This time of year on the farm is a very, very busy one.   With all of the rain we had in the spring it made for a shorter time to get things done.   We went from planting corn, to planting beans, to cutting, raking and baling hay.   New this year is the addition of a bale wrapper which we offer as a custom service to our clientele.

2017 Tube Line TL5000AX2 Surface Wrap- purchased from Huron Tractor

2017 Tube Line TL5000AX2 Surface Wrap- purchased from Huron Tractor

Two weeks ago today we had a beautiful but super hot day!   Everyone was working like crazy with lots of customers having cut hay and wanting it all baled dry at the same time before the next rain came.   Papa Clare was out in the field picking up our own bales, Steve was operating the Square Baler, and Nathan was running the Round Baler, all in different fields.

The last thing any farmer wants to hear is the word "fire".    It was just after dinner time, the little boys and I had dropped Hayley off at soccer practice and were on our way home.   We drove by a field close to home and saw Daddy and the big square baler in the field.   Mason suggested we take him some supper so we zipped home, wrapped up some hamburgers and stuff and were on our way back down the road when we saw him coming towards us.   We assumed he was hungry and being close to home he decided to pop in to grab a bite to eat.    After turning around and having him follow us up the laneway, we very quickly realized that something was not right.   He came flying up the laneway and jumped out of the tractor and into his truck, only sparing a moment to yell that the baler was on fire.   My stomach sank as by process of elimination I realized it had to be the round baler he was talking about.    The boys and I quickly decided to follow the cloud of dust down the road to see what we could do to help.   

Upon turning onto the Bear Creek road just off Ivan Drive we saw the big plumes of black thick smoke and knew that things were not good.    We reached the field just after Steve and Papa Clare, and found Nathan dirty, sweaty and shaky.  

You see, Steve's panick was not for the sake of the baler, but for the sake of his son.   Things like this happen on a farm, we aren't the first and we certainly won't be the last.    When Steve heard the words "baler is on fire" cross Nathan's lips his first and foremost concern was for his safety.    He told him to get away from the fire, all 3 of them having called the fire department.    Nathan acted quickly, calmly and rationally in the heat of the moment.   He ejected the bale from the machine, he opened it up and tried to take out the dry hay which he knew could ignite things.   He attempted to put out the fire and when faced with the realization he couldn't, he lowered the jack, unhooked the hydraulic lines that connected the tractor to the baler and he quickly drove it out of harms way.   While we commend him and are proud of his fast thinking and actions, we took the opportunity to remind him that we pay insurance on the equipment so they can be replaced, but we can not replace his life.    Nothing is more important then the safety of our loved ones.

We are so thankful that we only lost a piece of equipment that day, that we had a mother/mother-in law at home who was fervently praying to our Heavenly Father for the safety and protection of Nathan.   That we can use this as a teaching moment and a little dose of reality.    Farm accidents happen all to often, and we need to make sure we learn from them and do our very best to avoid them.

Things like this happen so quickly!  The baler being just over a year old, and having been well maintained and looked after, shouldn't have caught fire.    But something as simple as a bearing getting too hot, or a stone caught in the wrong spot can change things in an instant.    We are thankful for the local fire department who knew exactly the field we were in with just saying the name of it, and the friends and neighbours who show their care and concern when things do happen.    We are back up and running and looking forward to the remainder of a great hay and summer season.  

So while we may have "lost" a piece of equipment that day, we "won" when Nathan was spared from injury or worse.   We thank God for each and every moment he gives us, whether good or bad.

Enjoy this week!

 

Buddy!

If you've been out to the farm in the last 6 months, chances are you have met our newest member of the family, Buddy.  

First night Buddy came to live with us!  The kids were so excited to meet him!

First night Buddy came to live with us!  The kids were so excited to meet him!

Buddy is an 8 year old retriever, lab cross that we "adopted" into our family the week of Christmas 2016.   Buddy grew up on a farm not far from us with a family of 10 people.   They were moving to BC for a job relocation, which meant living in a subdivision.  Buddy had only lived on a farm, and they didn't want him to have to become a "leash" dog.    We attended First Lobo Baptist Church with them, and happened to run into them at Lowe's a couple of days prior to their departure.  When asking how the final preparations were going, it was mentioned how very sad they were to have to leave behind their beloved Buddy, and were desperately searching for a new forever home for him.  

Waiting and watching for Steve to return home!

Waiting and watching for Steve to return home!

Nathan had been bugging for a dog for quite some time, and of course his ears perked up at the mention of a home for this dog.   We parted ways saying we would let them know if we thought of anyone that would be willing to take him.   The entire ride home, we had 4 children who very loudly made their feelings known about taking on this dog.   Steve and I tossed it around for a couple of days, and decided that we would be willing to give it a try to see if we were the right fit for him, and vice versa.  

We can honestly say Buddy has adapted to his life here on the farm very well!!  Steve was pretty adamant from the beginning that he would not be responsible for a pet as he did not have the time to invest, it would be the children's responsibility.   It's truly funny how things work out, because this dog has latched onto Steve and will not leave his side for ANYTHING!   Buddy is the best protector, and friend we could ask for.  The previous family did an amazing job raising him to become an obedient and faithful pet.  

Buddy has even made a friend here on the farm.....we have an older kitten who just adores Buddy and follows him EVERYWHERE he goes.   Often I can look out the window at any given time of day and see Buddy following Steve and this kitten following Buddy.   They seem to have an understanding and Buddy has no issue with this kitten being his shadow and being in his personal space.

It's a little bit like follow the leader!

It's a little bit like follow the leader!

Man's Best Friend!

Spring!

First litter of kittens of the year!   Midnight had 6 healthy, cute kittens this year.   She is a great mama!

First litter of kittens of the year!   Midnight had 6 healthy, cute kittens this year.   She is a great mama!

Spring is in full swing around here these days!!  I LOVE this time of year....besides the green grass, and all the plants blooming and growing, spring means new baby calves, new baby chicks, new baby kittens, and the cattle get to head to pasture!

First day for the Mama's and their babes on pasture!   They LOVE the fresh grass!

First day for the Mama's and their babes on pasture!   They LOVE the fresh grass!

This week has been a busy one....with the weather the way it's been things have been a little delayed on the field work.   The guys have been working long hours the last couple of days, fertilizing pasture fields, fixing fences, cultivating land, moving cattle, planting hay, and so on.   Everything is happening at the same time this year it seems, but can't change the weather so we just roll with the punches!

The boys love watching the equipment in the field at this time of the year!  Mason is enjoying watching Robson Bros big corn planter planting our corn, and Daddy and Papa cultivating the land ahead of the planter.   Lot's to see in one field!

The boys love watching the equipment in the field at this time of the year!  Mason is enjoying watching Robson Bros big corn planter planting our corn, and Daddy and Papa cultivating the land ahead of the planter.   Lot's to see in one field!

First batch of chickens for this year!  They grow so quickly!  We purchase them as day old chicks, and raise them until 10 weeks.

First baby calf of the season!!  Born March 23, 2017....a bull calf, which means a boy!

First baby calf of the season!!  Born March 23, 2017....a bull calf, which means a boy!

Like I said this is a great time of year, we get to experience so many things on the farm!  Each and every day seems to bring something new.   The kids learn so much on a daily basis, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to bring them up here!   So many invaluable life lessons can be and are learned.   Happy Spring Y'all!

Birthday!

Last night we celebrated a 17th birthday!  Nathan the eldest of our 4 children turned 17 on Sunday.    It's hard to believe that we are here at the stage of driving, contemplating college, girlfriends, and all the other firsts that come with the first born teenager.

I have had the pleasure of being apart of this guy's life for the past 11 years.   Watching him grow up and having a hand in that has been a major eye opening experience for me.   Nathan moved here to the farm 3 years ago full time.   His passion for farming and working alongside his father has been fun to watch as it develops.   Having a teenager "under foot" suddenly, has taught me a lot!!   While we have experienced lots of ups and downs, and I'm sure will continue to as we travel along this road called life, watching as the kids start to get involved in the farm and our family run business has been truly amazing!

As I mentioned Nathan works alongside Steve as often as he can.   He has grown up watching his Dad and learning the tricks of the trade.   He runs the equipment, can look after the barn and all the animals, and is GREAT at customer service!   He still has a lot of learning and growing to do, but we do pray that he is on the right track to become a successful entrepreneur and help us grow and expand this family run operation!

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Happy Birthday Nathan!