I was recently asked to do a post on what farmers do when they aren’t farming. Well, I couldn’t answer that in just one post it was going to take at least two. Since I am a farm wife, what I do on the farm when we aren’t "farming" is different than what my husband, The Farmer, is doing when we aren't "farming."
First post, the Farm Wife:
Clean House-After long hours in the field, alongside my husband and with 2 boys living in the house, my house can look like a tornado ran through it. Most of the time it is just dishes, laundry and sorting through a mountain of mail. Which brings us to the next item…
Pay Bills and update the accounting software. I have found if I keep up on things all year it makes the tax season much less painful.
Volunteer for community activities
- I am co-chairman for the PTO Book Fair. We have a great time raising funds to buy new books for the libraries at our school.
- I serve on the Imagination Library Board of Directors locally. This is a great program for pre-school kids. Check out the link and consider starting a fundraising drive in your area.
- My fellow farm wives joined me last week in a fundraiser for our hospital foundation where we answered questions about ag.
Youth Program Leaders- I am by no means an expert in Geology, but due to my son’s interest in rocks and fossils I am the county leader for Geology. I have learned right alongside my son, but to the kids in our county I am a “Rock Star.”
Yard Maintenance- I am always ashamed at how my yard, flower beds, and gardens look especially after wheat harvest. I know several farm wives that have gorgeous flower beds that are maintained a little bit every day in between running for their husbands-maybe when I don’t have kids to keep me busy. I know I will miss these days and my yard can look lovely when the boys are too busy for me.
|The flower bed the boys and I planted this spring with plants I have found over the years at plant exchanges.|
Youth Education- I love to go to the school and talk about farming and ranching. The kids love to see the a baby calf that is only a few hours old. I just love to do the Kindergarten Farm Day.
Projects with the kids- My boys are in 4-H, so we always have something going on: trying a new recipe, identifying fossils, preparing a new speech for competition, the list could go on and on.
It took me quite a while to come up with this list. I never really thought about what I do when I am not farming. It is a fabulous life and I wouldn’t change one thing about it and I feel blessed to raise my kids with me at my job as A Kansas Farm Mom.
|My youngest trying to avoid a nap by playing on his DS in the combine.|
Have a great week everyone! -A Kansas Farm Mom