Happy Thanksgiving from the Farm

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Farm

If only for a half day

The engines are all shut down

The combine is quiet and put away

No one is on a parts run to town

 

This Thursday is a special one

Whether from the boulevard or rural route

We’ll take a day to gather ‘round

And recall what Thanksgiving is about

 

It isn’t standing in a drawn-out line

To claim the next great deal

Or panicking about the oyster dressing

Trying to create the perfect meal

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Thanksgiving is about slowing down

And finding gratitude in your heart

It’s about looking around at the ones you love

And thanking God for today, another start

 

It opens a season of giving to others

Giving to those who may be without

Donating food, coat, hat and gloves

That’s what Thanksgiving is about

 

Though the morning may be hectic,

With mixing, filling, pouring and baking

Take a few minutes to watch the parade with the kids

and think of the old-fashioned memories you’re making

 

When the meal is over and dining room cleared

family searches the farmhouse for somewhere to sit

Farmwives find themselves thankful for Tupperware

and enough un-cracked, matching lids that fit

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For days on end it will be strung out

Green beans and cranberries for every meal

By Friday the youngest declares he hates turkey

And Farm Mom wonders how she’ll deal

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Far past Thursday let the enthusiasm carry on

Showing daily gratitude for life’s many gifts

You may be surprised how things turn around

And how many spirits a heart of gratitude can lift

 

This Thanksgiving pause and give thanks

For good health, warm home and life on the farm

Though the markets, weather and expense may wear us down

For this livelihood many would give their right arm

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

In case you’ve forgotten, consider this your friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. As in, two days from now. It isn’t too late to find something wonderful for the special women in your life, especially if you follow our easy Mother’s Day Gift Guide. These are each last-minute, budget-friendly ideas. We’re farmers. We know how to make a dollar stretch.

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Help in the Kitchen

Help in the kitchen doesn’t mean chaos in the kitchen. Mom likely doesn’t want your just-walked-my-4-H-pig hands in her butter dish or mixing bowl. But she might like that stack of school papers, 4-H entries, phone chargers, sports gear, latest issue of New Horizons, belts, school pictures and bobby pins that clutter her dining room table, or kitchen island, cleared off. That’s right. There really is an appropriate place for that flyer about the summer football fundraiser, and it isn’t where the meatloaf is about to go.

General Civility

This sounds very basic, because none of the farm kids we know are the type to start wars or riots, but it is paramount when thinking of pleasing your farm mom. General Civility means no bickering at the barn. It means no complaining about siblings, school or supper. General Civility is being asked just once to complete a task. It is showing patience towards the younger siblings and taking direction well from the older ones. General Civility is doing things that reassure mom that she’s raising the next great leader, not the next gang leader. Be nice and demonstrate General Civility this Mother’s Day.

Nothing

You read that right. Sometimes the best thing you can give farm moms is nothing. No ball games to rush off to or meals to make for family coming over. No flowers to plant then water or mow around. No dishes to wash, clothes to pre-treat or laundry to fold. Do not give your farm mom jewelry she’s afraid she’ll lose at the barn or chocolates that make her fall off her frustrating diet. Instead, give her…

Everything

You also read that right. Give your farm mom everything she wants, by giving her your time. Because really, when the tractors shut down and barn doors close and the kitchen sink drains and things finally come into focus, what farm moms really want this Mother’s Day is time with the people they love the most: Their kids, husbands and grandkids. No phones of distraction, just them.

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We are thankful for each and every one of you,
whether you farm, or not.

What Farm Moms Don’t Do

Mother’s Day is Sunday (consider this your friendly reminder) and we’ve been thinking a lot about the hard working Farm Moms that we know. They’re a strong part of our communities, families and homes.

Farm Moms do so much to keep the wheels turning at home, at school, at work, and on the farm, and we’re lucky to know quite a few Farm Moms who do just that, so well. In a single day, they may be called a chauffeur, chef, nurse, counselor, beautician, and teacher. I get tired just thinking of all that they do.

But what about all of those things Farm Moms don’t do? Yep, believe it or not, there are certain things that you rarely – maybe even never – see a Farm Mom do. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve made a list of things Farm Moms just don’t do:

Farm Moms don’t complain about meals on equipment.

They understand that time is of the essence when planting, harvesting, baling hay or even running cattle through the chute. So if that means that the farm truck tailgate or the hay wagon needs to be transformed into the dining room table for a few minutes, they don’t ask questions, except “Can you pass the napkins to your brother?” They’re just happy to have the family around the “table” for a meal.

Farm Moms don’t spend much money at the car wash.

Sure, it’s nice to rinse off the ol’ grocery getter every once in a while, but every Farm Mom knows that the best way to ensure that rain falls on the freshly mown hay field is to spend $10 on a car wash. Spring mud, harvest dust, grease-covered jeans, muddy Muck boots: each sure to cover or enter the vehicle at some point throughout any given week. Why wash it now?

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Farm Moms don’t take for granted the people behind the counter.

The man at the local parts dealership displays great patience as she tries to decipher the third item on her poorly scribbled parts list. The woman at the pharmacy uses a gentle smile and kindness to reassure her that their first-born should be feeling better within two days. The young girl at the check out waits calmly as the Farm Mom runs back to aisle 6 to get one more box of cornbread mix; you just never know when harvest help will stay for dinner.

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Farm Moms don’t go a day without worry.

Will the youngest pass her spelling test? Will the middle be included? Will the oldest remember to use his turn signals? Will the milk check be enough? Will daddy’s doctor appointment go OK? Will the rain keep her husband out of the field again? These are only the thoughts that go through her head before getting out of bed.

But Farm Moms also don’t go a day without prayer.

They pray for safe days, healthy kids and strong markets. They also say prayers of sincere thanks for the life they’re able to live on the family farm.

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Farm Moms don’t let you – or anyone – go hungry.

Are you worried about your book report? Have a snack. Are you spending your day hauling grain? Take a lunch box full of snacks. Are you getting ready for Friday’s night’s football game? Bring the whole team over for a pre-game snack. If you’re not miserable when you leave the dinner table, you didn’t eat enough. Here, have another biscuit.

Farm Moms don’t watch very much TV.

Their reason for lack of TV watching is three-part:

  1. Lack of time (who can tune into a 7:00 PM show when the family doesn’t come in from the barn until 9:00?)
  2. Lack of desire (once in the house, who has the energy to watch someone else’s hectic life unfold?)
  3. She already knows she could win any season of Survivor: she’s gotten the kids on the bus on time for 26 days straight and hasn’t killed anyone in the process.

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Farm Moms don’t get surprised any longer by the things they find in the washing machine.

Tonka trucks, eyebolts, toothpicks, wheat pennies and more; each telling a small story of how the previous week unfolded.

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Farm Moms don’t get very excited about science fair projects because they think their life, in general, can be viewed as a science fair project.

Learning that a child can survive after sucking on a dropped-in-the-barn-pacifier, GMO arguments, mud room sink discoveries, testing if vinegar or peroxide remove blood more quickly from the carpet, and more. Your science fair project is due Friday? Let’s just clean out the bottom drawer of the refrigerator and call it done.

Farm Moms don’t think they’ll ever live up to the standards in which their mother, mother-in-law and grandmothers set before them. But what they don’t realize is that in their husband’s and kids’ eyes,
they already have.

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We are thankful for you

and all those things you don’t do.