Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Meet the Farmer

This man.
There is no other like him. I can't even convey how much I love him. It brings me to tears when I think of who he is, what he does and who he will be. He works tirelessly for our family.
 Never stopping short.

He hits the floor in the morning makes coffee and gets going on the day. He NEVER stops.
He is a self proclaimed nerd. He loves gadgets, techy things and learning.
He loves rock music.
He can build a website and replace the brakes on his truck.
He loves the news.
He is the smartest man I know.  Ask him anything and he will likely have the answer. Seriously, he knows everything from pop culture to politics.
He has strong shoulders that lifts up a sleeping Jameson off the sofa at night as he says "come on Bud"
It melts me.
He has a soft heart and will crack a smile when he hears Madalyn calling "daddy... daddy.." when she doesn't know where to find him.
Sometimes, not often, he will get the giggles and laugh uncontrollably as tears stream down his face.
When he turns his hat backwards I know that he just got tougher.. and sexier and things are about to get real.
There is just something about turning your hat backwards that makes you smarter and stronger.
He hates washing silverware, but does the dishes almost every night.
He is happiest when he is on the tractor or working outside.
He not only believes in Jesus he loves and prays to Him.
He has owned 18 vehicles.. which is a lot given that he is only 33.
He loves bacon and prime rib.
I love when he fires up the chainsaw... mmm the smell of sweaty saw gas and wood chips
All of that chainsaw goodness with a hat backwards..umm yes please.
He cleans up nice with a button up and tie although I prefer work pants, sweaty shirt and work gloves.
He knows just what to say and when to say it, but he also knows when to just not say anything.
He is a very humble man and you will never find him tooting his own horn or wishing all eyes are on him. 
If you ask how his day was he will reply without fail "it was ok"

Not every day is rainbows and unicorns or peaches and cream.
Some days I want to poke him in the eye with a sharp stick.
Oh and before you get all worked up I know sometimes he wants to do the same to me. Hello, have you met me? I can be a little difficult and I like to have things my way ") which he mostly gives me.

I never imagined how much I could love another human until I really got to know him because
believe it or not when I first met him I wasn't a fan. Not even a little.
And he thought I was a snob.
The very same things I didn't like about him are the things I love about him now.
His strut. His tough guy attitude. His backwards hat.

 I pray for him everyday.
I ask The Lord to "bless his day" every morning when I pull out of the driveway.
 Big things are in store for The Farmer and I will be his by his side every step forward and every step backwards. No matter how steep the hill we will climb it together.. him with his hat backwards.

Blessed is me...

Friday, July 12, 2013

2 years at the Kraft Dairy

Tomorrow marks the 2nd year since we signed ownership papers of the former Kraft Dairy. It has been 2 years full of hard work, love, rotten walls, projects, animals, stress, washing dishes by hand and so much more. I feel like I have lived here my whole life. I love to drive up our long gorgeous driveway past the stable, past the milk house and barn where I park in front of our tiny little home with just enough room. I can't even explain how much I love living here.
Since moving here we have:

Gotten some new additions to our family.
 Duke our border collie was a gift from the Cowan family to Jameson for helping take care of all the Jersey heifers at Papa Moo's house. He has been a great pup and Bella tolerates him. Duke likes Jer the best and whines at the window if he can't be outside with Jer.
Add 3 foster chickens to our 12 chickens and 1 duck plus 16 foster rabbits!

 Done a few projects. These are my two favorite.

Built and planted a garden


Watch the sunrise many times. 
I am still in awe at how beautiful it is coming up over the mountains.

Learned how to shoot a gun

 worked the fields on the tractor and ran through the puddles in barn boots

Celebrated one Christmas

Washed A LOT of dishes by hand looking out this window
(not such a bad view)

Found some confidence

The Farmer built some and is still building fence.
All while looking hot..

Mad has of course managed to look very fashion forward while doing all of it.

Jer and I dreamed of owning this farm for a long time even having our first ever family photos here.

Not everyday on the farm has been easy, but everyday has been overflowing with love.
There are big exciting things in store for The Kraft Dairy and
I think Johnny and Jean would be proud..

Blessed is me...