Tagged: Country Living

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Delicate but Laborious Matters

The weather this year has been mild so far to say the least. Last night thunderstorms and hail moved through and tornadoes an hour or so northwest of us. It’s March 1st and I’m not sure what “normal” is anymore....

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Farming in the Bible: Chaff

A Note from the Farm There are so many farming metaphors and examples in the Bible. I love that my life gives me a little insight into many of these. I can’t resist sharing. In the fall we combine corn....

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Unconventional Decision Making

I think I’m going to buy a car. I’m sure thousands of cars are sold everyday so this isn’t mind-blowing. But I’ve driven a van for the last nine years and I have three children. Among families like ours a...

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Not Knowing What’s Next. And Surviving It.

We’ve been in the field about a week now and it’s been going well. Yesterday I drove the combine all day picking corn and overall it was a good day. It started raining about 4PM and we quit and called...

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Right Before Everything Changes

The house is finally quiet. The second week of school is almost over but of course it hasn’t looked as I expected. Sick kids, busy days, stressful news… But today the house is quiet. The rain falls steadily outside. Our...

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Instincts, Rewards, and Survival on the Farm

The calf was born on the other side of the creek in a small pasture along a line of timber. He was healthy and found his mama’s teats within the first few hours. No farmers around to intervene, the initial...

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Childhood Legend: Country Life Edition

I found myself writing about rural life lately and decided to add even more “country mouse” perspective to the blog. You can skip right over these to my typical topics, or enjoy something a little different once a week. It’s...

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Responding to Fear and Violence. From a Cornfield.

I live on a couple of acres in the rural backroads of Illinois. This summer as the corn grows tall it creates 3 walls around our property isolating us even more than we typically are.     Out here it’s...

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All the Perseverance It Takes to Get Started

This morning I moved Ed’s racetrack out from in front of the kitchen table, sliding it over to another corner of the kitchen. There were a few straggler dishes from last night’s meal I piled onto the counter above the...

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The Dirty Truth About Garbage: Be Honest

As my friend Heidi says, I am the “country mouse” and she is the “city mouse.” We love identifying the differences and then sharing them with each other via a photo or dramatic status update. “Driving past the Mall of...

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