Friday, April 27, 2018

First Ask Why by Shelly Wildman - Review

My blogging buddy, Shelly Wildman (, 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 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!