I Lost 100 Pounds!

Seed Bags

100 Pounds of Seed

Do you see those 2 bags of seed?  They each weigh 50lbs.  We were finishing up our last field of corn Friday night and Farmer needed 2 more bags of seed so I ran back to the farm and loaded them in my car.  As I was struggling to lift one of the bags and carry it over to the planter it hit me. Right there in those bags was the 100lbs of weight I had lost and I could barely carry half of it, let alone both bags at once!

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It was a bit of a shock and also a revelation.  It has been a lot of work and commitment getting to this point and not every day has been a positive one.  But today we celebrate the positives!

** I have lost 100lbs!
** I can walk 3+ miles without stopping
**I can walk faster~ 3 minutes less per mile than when I started
** I climbed up the tractor steps this planting season with ease
** I have more energy

I have a long way to go on the journey but today I’m stopping and appreciating how far I’ve come.

What is your positive for the day?

 

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We are planting!

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We finally made it into the fields and have been working on putting our corn in the ground!! Spring planting can get a little hectic because there is the working ground (my favorite job!), picking stones, putting nitrogen down and then the actually planting. We love it though!

This year we are pulling a rolling basket behind our field cultivator to help with lumps in the soil and will hopefully make a better seed bed for our plants. Pulling onto the road can be a bit intimidating for me because it makes my equipment about 80 feet long and you need to make wide turns into the driveways to avoid putting it in the ditch…

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As I was traveling down the road last week, about 1/8th of a mile from one field to another, a pick-up truck came up behind me and as I swung wide to make a right turn into the driveway he passed me on the right!  I was pretty mad because it was VERY dangerous and also illegal.

So in the spirit of keeping my family and yours safe on the road here are a few tips when driving around farm equipment!

 

 

 

Tips for Rural Drivers

  • Always be on the lookout for farm machinery. Remember it can unexpectedly turn onto public roads from a field or driveway.
  • Farm machinery typically travels at 25 mph or less, so be prepared to slow down in order to avoid a rear-end collision.
  • Keep a safe distance. This gives better visibility to both drivers and equipment operators.
  • Allow adequate time and distance for farm equipment to make wide turns.
  • Just because you see the equipment does not mean the equipment operator sees you.

Tips for Passing Farm Machinery

  • Be sure the machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows down and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a wide right turn, the operator must fade to the left.
  • Determine whether the road is wide enough for both your vehicle and the farm equipment.
  • Check for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road.
  • Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass and be on the lookout for oncoming traffic.

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Tips taken from: http://www.kinze.com/post.aspx?id=330

Spring planting is just around the corner!

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One of the wheat fields we sprayed today.

Around here you don’t need a calendar to tell you when it’s starting to get close to planting season.

First equipment starts getting shuffled around and those last-minute maintenance projects get finished up. Equipment gets hooked up to its corresponding tractor, then the weather app gets a workout speculating when a weather event will occur. Is it going to rain? How much will we get? What’s the temperature?

Then the field scouting starts or in my world “date night!” Driving by fields on the way home from town, hopping out with a shovel to check the moisture. Is it getting dry enough we won’t cause compaction? Calling customers for seed deliveries and coordinating drop offs start. Will they have enough? Will they change their order?

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Grace & Faith getting the gator ready for spring!

Lastly the excitement mixed with anxiety starts. It’s almost time! If we get a few more days of sun we could start! If planting in the corn belt is delayed will it cause a price increase?

It’s a promise of new adventure, growth, income and most of all God’s beauty. If its dry and we get in the fields early things can be fairly calm. This year things are not all that calm. A combination of low crop prices and unfavorable weather has increased anxiety in this house for a time. With low temperatures and lots of rain it has been a waiting game to see when it will be dry enough to get in the fields here. The north wind off the lake and more low temps are currently not helping the drying conditions though.

IMG_4565However, today we are able to spray our wheat for weeds and fungus! We grow Soft White Winter Wheat. We plant it in the fall and will harvest it in mid-July. Soft white wheat is ideal for baked goods that are not kneaded- like cookies, pancakes, pie crusts and crackers. Soft wheat has a very low gluten content, which, when used in baked goods that are not kneaded, results in a tender finished product. A lot of our wheat will end up in Jiffy pancakes, Kellogg’s cereal, and Goldfish crackers!

 

So the next time you are flipping some pancakes think of us!

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Photo credit-Thejoyofbaking.com

Happy Birthday Luke & Faith

Very few moments in life will change you like the birth of a child.

The birth of these 2 was no different!

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Luke Frank was born May 2, 2009. I was sitting in the chair 30 weeks pregnant watching Spiderman 3 when my water broke. 3 hours later Luke was born via emergency C-section.  Because he was so little and our local hospital didn’t have a NICU, he was transported via helicopter to the NICU 2 hours away.  I was put out under general anesthesia so they brought him by my recovery bed and I touched his little hand in the box on his way to the helicopter.

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First time holding Luke at 8 days old.

We were separated for a few days and I met him 36 hours later. He spent 5 days on a ventilator, 3 weeks on a CPAP and 1 week using a nasal cannula.  5 weeks after birth we brought him home! There were a few early challenges but we have been SO blessed that he is a bright, happy, and healthy child.

Having a baby is a busy time in every family’s life.  Having a NICU baby during planting season here on the farm was a blur!

Faith Frances was born May 3, 2012. Our last but not least! Her birth forever changed me and the course of our family.  (Backstory Grace-birth number 2 was a natural regular birth)

I had been in labor on an off for 10 days. Even my doctor couldn’t believe I was still pregnant!

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Faith Frances 1 day old.

Finally my water broke at 6:30 in the morning and we were on our way to the hospital. My body was having a hard time remembering how to do the whole giving birth thing and just as things were getting exciting we had another emergency on our hands.  My uterus ruptured and Faith and I were both in danger of not making it out of this process alive.  For the 2nd time in my life I was being run down the hallway of the hospital for another emergency C-section.

By the grace of God my doctor was just outside my room door when it happened and the amazing staff took swift action.  I woke up to a healthy baby girl who had no lasting effects.  I was advised that having more children was not an option for us and after much prayer, a second opinion and a lot of tears we agreed that giving birth to more children was a dangerous idea. It was a tough decision for a woman that has always wanted a big family but it was the right one for us.

We brought Faith home to a house with 3 children under the age of 3 with the farm half done planting corn.  It was a wild time in our lives. Wait, who am I kidding?  It still is!