Just your average 20-something. I’m a rural-Minnesota dairy farm gal who tries to appreciate God’s blessings to the fullest.
I’m a dairy farm kid since birth, and I spent my childhood exploring outside and holding bottles for baby calves as soon as I was big enough. I definitely loved growing up on the farm with my parents and four sisters, but I didn’t yet realize farming would continue to be a part of my life.
I met my husband in college (Go Gophers!), and he was a dairy farm kid too who was interested in going back to the farm after graduation. That’s just what he did, and after having several jobs in the accounting & marketing world I now work with him on his family dairy. Much of my blog chronicles the day-to-day happenings as we go about our work caring for cows. We also have 2 dogs, Calvin and Boo, who bring endless joy (and antics!) to our little family.
I’ve been around cows for much of my life, and I’d like to think I know a bit about them by now. Interactive is the name of the game here, so if you’ve got any food or farming questions please ask.
One of my favorite hobbies is running. I’ve been covering miles on foot with varying consistency since my best friend convinced me to join the track team with her in 7th grade. After college I finally got into a regular running routine again, and I discovered I could cover longer distances if I actually worked at it.
It’s hard to say where this desire came from, but in the spring of 2009 I decided I wanted to run a half marathon. I’d run exactly one 5K during college, and I was sufficiently scared by the prospect of 13.1 miles. Somehow I muddled my way through training and ran my first half marathon on a chilly day in October, 2009. A year and a half later I journeyed to Fargo, ND to run my first marathon.
Running is now a constant in my life. It lets me think and reflect, and it also provides a way to set and achieve goals and see progress. It can be slow and relaxing or give me a chance to push myself to the limit.
I blog a lot about farming and running. But believe it or not, I have a few other interests that enter my life from time to time. I love my family and relish all the family time I can get. When we have big events like holidays, weddings, or new babies, they may just show up on my blog.
I enjoy reading as much as I can keep up with, and I try to keep plants – veggies and flowers – alive during the summer months. My husband and I both like to cook and eat a variety of foods too. So if you’re ever in the area, you can be assured something tasty, interesting, or both will be on the menu.
We also like to travel, which is probably a vice for dairy farmers. We usually don’t get away very often or very far, but that doesn’t stop me from having big travel dreams. :-)
Even though it’s hard work and long days, I think farming is “the good life.” I hope to share my insights about it with you. God has blessed me richly – even if I don’t always appreciate it or understand what’s in store next – so maybe I can pass a little of it on.
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