What you leave behind

That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres,
The faith an’ love for growin’ things in his young son’s heart

Dad and Landon
Riding with Papa (the Farmer)
Michael and Landon
Helping Uncle (the young son)
Little Nephew (the young son of the young son)

 An’ that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children:
Did her best to give ’em all a better start

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Big Nephew with Gramma on piano.
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Mom directing a 5th grade band
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Young choir under Mom’s direction




It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, It’s what you leave behind you when you go.

Dedicated with love and pride to my parents.

Sharing with Song-ography.  Randy Travis-Three Wooden Crosses

Happy National Ag Week!

Have you hugged your farmer?

It is National Ag Week!


I was so lucky to grow up a farmer’s daughter! I am so lucky to be a farmer’s sister. I am especially lucky to be a farmer!

My favorite Farmer and Farmer’s Wife/Mom. (she’s not to shabby at being a farmer herself!)


There are so many aspects of this proud profession. Here’s a few…

Brother planting.
Raking hay.
Hauling Manure.
Hauling grain.
Working on tractors (or trying too)
Fixing broken legs and nursing them back to health.
Being soaked and filthy.
Feeding and caring for your animals.
Lots and lots of feed. (Charlie cat watching over it)
Every day no matter what.
Teaching kids to work.
And love their animals.




To me there is no greater pleasure in life than loving what you do. It makes for some truly blessed days!

Friday Hunt v1.8

Joining Teresa at Eden Hills again this week for her Friday Hunt! I am really having fun with this, and I hope you are too! If you want to see some of the other amazing blogs and their interpretation of the prompts click on the link above! Their photography is amazing. This week we have the letter H, weeks favorite, and family.


Hannah is our darling Holland lop. She is so sweet and gentle. She is just so lovable! Love her dewlap! She is so cute all laid out!

Chilling. Probably asleep,

 My Favorite this week is of youngest son. We got to take a field trip together on Thursday to the Science Center of Iowa, which is one of his favorite places. I love when I am able to go with the kids, it is such a big deal to them! He had a blast and I did too, although I think we were both a little tired by the time we got back!


I love my family. A lot. They are my best friends and biggest cheerleaders. Of course, family changes through out the years. This is Brother, Me, Dad, Mom and Sister at Mom and Dad’s 25th wedding anniversary in 1995!


These were taken 3 years ago by Andrea of A Berg Photography. Trust me Brother was really laughing at having to lay on the ground!

This guy here is my champion! Husband supports me no matter what crazy idea I come up with. This is one of my favorite pictures of us at an Adult Prom Night. He was doing his best Duck Dynasty Impression!

Photo by Teresa Perin. Earrings by Polly Perin.



Of course then there are my kiddos who keep me young and age me at the same time. These three are so much fun, I often wonder how I got lucky enough to be their Mom!

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All my Nieces and Nephew#1

Photo by A Berg Photography

I could not have been more blessed to be an Aunt to such an amazing group of you people. They are all so different and yet we all have so much in common that I can hardly get enough of them. They overwhelm with pride and joy!


And then Nephew #2, who was still in SisinLaws tummy when the picture above was taken! But he fills out our family nicely, the perfect little guy to round up the Nieces and Nephew gang!

I could go on adding picture of my family for days, for my happiest times all include them. I hope you all have a truly wonderful and blessed week.

Friday Hunt v1.7

Today I am again going to link up with Teresa at Eden Hills for Friday Hunt.  This week the topics are starts with G, weeks favorite, and in my kitchen. I am going to putting the prompts in bold letters.


I love this picture of the gate of my moms cattle lot. I took it last winter while waiting to for my brother to sort cows. The snow was so perfect and pretty that day.


I have been going through pictures and moving them all around and I keep coming back to this picture.  It is of my Dad taken by my sister in law while they were building the grain truck.  She captured in so many ways the perfect picture of my Dads smile. You can see how his eyes lit up. He passed away 2 years this week, and I miss him dearly. There isn’t a day that I don’t wish I could walk into the shop and see this smile.  So Dad, you as usual, are my favorite.


I got this plaque from my mom a few years ago and hung it in my kitchen.  I love the saying and love the idea behind it.

Have a beautiful weekend all!


An Actual Blizzard.

I am beginning to wonder if anyone around here really knows what a blizzard is any more? I know sometimes it is annoying to hear “back in my days…” but I am feeling that way right now.  We have had two “blizzard” warnings in the last two weeks.  Kids missed school last Tuesday and Wednesday due to the “blizzard” we had.

Last Tuesday


I was not impressed.  Yes, there was snow. Yes, there was some wind.  But thankfully not much of either. Fortunately, living where I do, knowing what I know, and having what I have, I didn’t have to panic and race to store before the STORM!  We could probably be snowed in for weeks before running low on food.  We might run low on bread and milk after 3-4 days, we could survive.

Blizzard in 1978, photo credit unknown


I remember growing up and looking at slide pictures with my family of my Grandpa Beavers digging out the lane (not driveway) by hand (WITH A SHOVEL!) so he could get the bus out to pick up the kids for school.  The drifts were taller than the bus in places!  Mom and I were just remembering the time school finally got canceled in the winter of ’93-’94 and we planned to leave at the same time, me following her home.  Of course, just outside of town she spun out and ended up facing back towards town.  She waved me on. I should know the way, right?  Well in normal bad conditions, sure.  But the snow was deeper than my little car was high.  I was plowing the gravel road as I went.  I knew I couldn’t stop or I would be stuck.  There was no turning around.  So, I just went.  Not knowing at the time, in a complete white out I had turned one gravel road to soon.  I knew I had to go south and east.  I did finally make it home. 45 minutes after my mom.  Talk about a white knuckle drive!  I had gripped the wheel so hard my hands would barely straighten.

December 24, 2015


Blowing snow sucks.  Slick roads suck. But there is a real beauty to winter if you look for it.  I am thankful again that this was more of what I consider a light snow with high winds than a blizzard.  It was not fun doing chores today.

My Dad heading out do his chores a few years ago. Photo by Mom


But I always try to look for fun in everything. After the work outside is done, you can play, snuggle, eat comfort foods and enjoy family time! And that can be all it takes to make “blizzards” worth it after all.


Enjoy your day!  Spring will be here before we know it!