Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Could Sure Use Some Prayers

My mom has had a tough couple of weeks, and a really rough weekend.  She was nauseous most of the time and her appetite had decreased even further.

We changed up her anti-nausea medicine Sunday and that seemed to help.  She hasn't been sick at her stomach since Sunday and for that we are so thankful!!

She desperately needs your prayers.
 Her need is big, but our God is bigger.

He is the Healer and my mom needs His touch.

Please pray for my mom.  Her name is Donna.

Thank you and God bless you.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Laundry Quandry - Time

So, last night I decided to time myself putting away a load of laundry.  I did not rush.  I did not hurry.  I did just like I always do.  I walked to the dryer, opened the door and turned around to check the clock in the kitchen. . . 7:01 p.m.  I folded the bath towels, hand towels, kitchen towels and wash cloths and placed them on top of the dryer.  Then I put them away (towels, hand towels and wash cloths in the 2 bathrooms, kitchen towels in the kitchen).  And just saying, my house is average size, all on one level, so I didn't have to walk too far, and I didn't have to go up and down stairs.  I then took the rest of the items out of the dryer and walked to our bedroom (again, average size house, just walked down the hall).  I matched up the socks and put them in the drawers, underclothing, night gowns, all put in the dresser drawers.  I walked back to my kitchen and looked at the clock 7:06 p.m.

It took me five minutes to put away a load of whites.  So, again, not criticizing anyone else.  Just encouraging you to only touch your laundry one time!  Makes things a whole lot easier!!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Laundry Quandry

Hey friends!!  Spring has sprung here in Central Missouri!  The temperatures have finally warmed up and we've had lots of sunshine.  We're still behind on rainfall, and hoping the rain in the forecast for tomorrow night actually falls in neck of the woods.  The pastures are way behind on growth, so in order for our cows to have plenty of hay to eat next winter, we need rain and sunshine and GRASS GROWING!! 

I see a lot of blog posts and Instagram squares about women (sorry guys but it is ladies doing most of the laundry) and all their issues with laundry.  They talk about having 10 loads of laundry to do and they're trying to figure out how to get it done (I'm not exaggerating, I've actually read these posts).  They talk about spending the entire weekend doing laundry.  And having laundry baskets full of clean clothes and living out of laundry baskets.  Having loads and loads of laundry folded but not put away and never being caught up with laundry.

Now, before I go on, I want to say that I believe blogs and Instagram and other forms of social media should be used to encourage one another.  I read comments where folks are downright mean and hateful criticizing someone else.  I'm not criticizing anyone, just telling you how I did it. I have never owned a laundry basket in my life.  Never.  I throw a load of laundry in the washer, I put it in the dryer, and I put it away . . . as soon as I take it out of the dryer.   

Never touch clean laundry twice is my best advice for anybody out there struggling with laundry!! 

My husband is a full-time farmer and his clothes are FILTHY, and our two kids were constantly involved in one or more sports.  I work full time so I was gone all day 5 days per week.  I got off work at 5 o'clock every night then drove 30 minutes home.  I did laundry nearly every night.  Never "saved" laundry until the weekend.  And I never struggled with laundry either so I really don't understand why so many people have issues with laundry?  I mean it was just part of my life.  I threw a load in while I was fixing supper.  Then put the clothes in the dryer as soon as the wash cycle was finished.  Then I put it away, most of the time right before I went to bed.  Even a large capacity dryer (which I had) only holds so many clothes.  So open the door and put that laundry away!!  Save yourself moving it to a laundry basket, then wherever you would put clean laundry that you don't put away??  I just don't understand why the laundry quandry for so many people.  Don't touch it twice.  I washed our bed sheets once a week and then put them right back on the beds.  Only had one set of sheets for each bed so no choice but to put them right back on.

Right now I have a load of "whites" in the dryer.  As soon as I get home tonight I'll throw a load of "work" clothes in the washer.  And when I say work clothes they are our farming clothes so believe me, they're really, really dirty.  Once I get the washer going I'll take the towels and such out of the dryer, fold everything then carry it to where it belongs and put it away.  No laundry basket needed.  I mean, really, it doesn't take 5 minutes to fold and put away one load of whites??  The work clothes . . . . when the cycle is done I'll throw those in the dryer and then put them away.  I carry all those jeans and work shirts into our bedroom and put them on the bed.  I fold the jeans in half and put them in the drawer and I take the work shirts and hang them in the closet.  Again, realistically, five minutes maybe?  And it's done. 

One question I do have . . . how can you have 10 loads of clothes??  My husband and I do not have a lot of clothing.  I own 3 pairs of jeans, and he owns maybe 6 pair.  He has maybe 6 or 8 work shirts and a couple of "dress" shirts.  I work full time and will wear the same pair of pants more than once per week.  And that's my choice.  We just don't spend much money on clothing.  But I wonder how many clothes do these people have to have in order to have 10 loads of  dirty clothes???  How many clothes do you need ? ? ?

So what about you?  Did you struggle to keep your laundry caught up?  Are you like me . . . laundry is not a big deal?  Inquiring minds want to hear your laundry story!!

Friday, April 27, 2018

First Ask Why by Shelly Wildman - Review

My blogging buddy, Shelly Wildman (www.shellywildman.com), has written an amazing book called "First Ask Why:  Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship."  Her book is great because it isn't a 1-2-3 "here's how you do it."  Because that's not real life.  Real life parenting is rushing around getting everybody everywhere they are supposed to be all the while getting laundry done and figuring out what you're going to eat for supper.  And, that said, everyone's real life looks different.  That's why Shelly's book works so well for everyone, because you don't have to do it her way.  There is no one way.  But there are examples she gives that everyone can use in their own family's real life to encourage your kids to fully live their lives God's way.  

And even though my kids are grown and married, I don't think my responsibility to encourage my kids in their Christian life is over.  In fact, I think it's even more important to encourage them to KEEP THE FAITH in adulthood.  If you are a parent, or a grandparent (or a soon to be grandma to be like me!) I really challenge you to get this book and read it and let it help guide you in modeling this Christian life in front of your children and grandchildren.  This book would make an awesome baby shower gift as well!  

Parents spend so much time on things that, while important at the time, aren't eternal.  One thing matters in life . . . . raising our kids to love Jesus and serve Him forever.  So pick up a copy of this book today!  It is available at Amazon.com and your other favorite retailers.  

And if you'd like to follow along with Shelly, CLICK HERE  to sign up for her monthly newsletter.  Shelly is a wife, mother, blogger, world traveler and occasional recipe poster!!  I really hope to meet  Shelly in person one day!!  So visit her blog and sign up for her newsletter.  You will enjoy meeting her!!!

 I was furnished a copy of this book in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 23, 2018


Hey friends!!

I know the last couple of years have been full of updates on my mother and not much else here at Down On The Farm.

And since I know you're wondering, I can say that my mom is about the same.  Eating is a struggle for her as she continues to have no appetite at all.  She has lost some weight and told the hospice nurse last week that she no longer wanted to be weighed each week.  We still believe that God is on the throne and we still believe that He is the Healer.  I still pray every day for a miracle.  And I still trust God, no matter what.  He is faithful and He is in control.

I thank you to all who have stuck around and still read Down On The Farm, cause there hasn't been much joy in my posts, and I'm so sorry.

  But that is about to change.

I am so excited to announce that

Our son and daughter-in-law will welcome our first grandchild this fall and we could not be happier!!  We are in love already.

I really do hope to post more often, and to share more pictures of farming, and maybe even some home improvement projects.  Heaven knows my home needs LOTS of improvement!!

So there you have it!!  Finally a

We can't wait for our little blessing to arrive!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Thankful For A Savior

So many people are posting Easter messages.  Instagram, Facebook, blog posts, I've seen absolutely wonderful Scripture and pictures and stories posted and they are a precious reminder of that day, over 2,000 years ago.

I am thankful for my Savior.

I am thankful that the grave could not hold Him.

I am thankful that at this very moment He
sits at the right hand of God interceding for Me.

I am thankful that He forgives my sins.

I am thankful that one day He will 
make all things new. 

Above all I am thankful that I will spend eternity
in heaven with Him.  Not because of anything
I've done, but because of what He did.