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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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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!

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!