Category: Farm Life


Tuesday 26th September 2017

The More Things Change (An Autumn Reflection)

The More Things Change (An Autumn Reflection)

Just a little story for you today. It’s a reflection about fall, and mothering, and how in this world of change, we hold tight to a few treasured things that, thankfully, remain the same. The More Things Change a story by Jennifer Dukes Lee I see it all with startling clarity, right ...

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Tuesday 9th February 2016

how to find your way home – #TellHisStory (book giveaway!)

how to find your way home - #TellHisStory (book giveaway!)

This did not feel like home, not at first. I was as Iowa as a girl can get. But I had felt destined for the city, not the farm. But home snuck up on me, when I wasn’t looking, where I wasn’t looking. I don’t recall the exact moment, but I knew I was home […]

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Thursday 7th January 2016

How to Build Your Dream House

How to Build Your Dream House

Dear House-Builder, This is the letter I would have written to you eleven years ago, when you started framing up the walls of our home, if I knew then what I know now. Remember how I fussed over whether to lay tile or wood floors, whether to paint the kitchen that dark Georgia brick, or […]

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Thursday 23rd April 2015

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

(This story is featured in my new book, The Happiness Dare.) I made my bed this morning. This is kind of a big deal. Because not only did I make my bed, but it’s the FOURTH DAY IN A ROW of making my bed. That is the longest streak of bed-making in my adult life. I stopped making my bed ...

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Monday 6th October 2014

When You Feel Like Your Life Lacks Real Purpose and Meaning

farmers feed the world

Many years ago, Scott and I went through a difficult period where we felt like the daily work of our lives was so mundane, so dreadfully tedious, that it lacked true purpose. He was feeding pigs, changing tires, and fixing broken machinery. I was feeding babies, changing laundry loads, and ...

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Monday 22nd September 2014

When Life is Short & Everything is Changing

When Life is Short & Everything is Changing

It’s all changing. I stand at the window, on a Monday and see it from my window — how it’s all changing. Summer’s leaves have begun to blush toward fall. Our fields are a lion’s mane yellow. This older face is looking back at me, in the window reflection. She is a ...

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Tuesday 16th September 2014

#TellHisStory: What to Expect When You’re Expecting … a Calf

#TellHisStory: What to Expect When You're Expecting ... a Calf

I am holding a butter knife in my left hand, thinking I could use it to slice through the expectancy hovering in this kitchen. My daughter, Lydia, drums her fingers on the breakfast bar, while her neglected oatmeal hardens on the edge of the bowl. “I’ve got it!” She pushes her glasses up ...

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Tuesday 1st July 2014

What We’ve Got to Know About Life … and Death (A Story from the Farm)

What We've Got to Know About Life ... and Death (A Story from the Farm)

Anna bursts through the back door, breathless and wide-eyed. “Mom! Paige had her kittens, and we know it’s true because she’s not pregnant anymore, and because her belly is all skinny again. I felt it.” She catches her breath and starts in again. “But we’ve looked all over, and we can’t find ...

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Wednesday 11th June 2014

For Father’s Day — A Letter to My Dad

For Father's Day -- A Letter to My Dad

Dear Dad, I love that sound. It’s your pickup-truck tires crunching the gravel on the driveway, right outside our garage door. I hear that glad sound in the spring, when craggy trees burst forth with buds, then again when those same trees blush with autumn. This is the sound of you returning, ...

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Monday 12th May 2014

Though He Be Silent, God’s NOT Dead

god's not dead, cross

Sometimes, it can feel like God is sitting on His hands. You wonder why He’s so silent, when you’re praying your loudest. You wonder if He’s on vacation, when your knees are working overtime. You know the truth about the matter. You’d be willing lay your life down over ...

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