Grocery shopping is MY thing. I think there are some husbands that might do this, but I hate to say it I'm not sure if we would eat or what we would get fed if I left it up to Mr. Farmer (Honey, if you are reading this, I love you till the cows come home, but we both know it's true). I try to space out my grocery stops to every other week and this may be longer if I am able to make a run to Costco which is about an hour and fifteen minutes away. This may seem like a long time between grocery stops, but bread freezes and milk stays fresh for some time. One other benefit is having the ability to buy our protein in large amounts. Once a year we buy a quarter of beef and a half of a hog from my sister and her in-laws and keep it in our deep freeze. This helps with the budget, meal planning and the biggest plus - supporting local agriculture.
We are in the thick of planting which means I've moved into semi-single mom mode as my farmer works long hours to get the crop in the ground. We had rain showers move through the area over the last couple days which let all of us come up for air. I always appreciate when I can see my farmer for more than 5 minutes in passing or as I get my goodnight kiss when he sneaks into bed hours after me.
These "single-mom" moments are ones I would not pass up, and it makes me even more grateful for the life we live. It may be busy, it may be stressful, but boy are we blessed. During planting I try to bring warm meals out to the field. This allows for one of those 5 minute passings and the kids get to see their daddy hard at work. Last week we brought supper out and our daughter rode with my husband for one not short enough round while mom got to snap some pics. As a three year old going back and forth in the field with no visible progress means one short attention span.
Planting season is upon us and the wheels are turning like crazy. Late nights and early mornings are leaving all of us a little groggy, but I can hardly wait to see God's work play out as seeds begin to sprout. One struggle for us whether it be planting or harvest time is meals. What do I make? Do I need to bring supper to the field? How will it reheat for leftovers? Will our almost one year old be able to eat it? Is it easy? Can I prep it ahead of time? The list really goes on. If my husband had a choice he would prefer if we ate this meal once a week at a minimum. The meal is CROCKPOT SAMMIES. That's it, nothing fancy. Minimal ingredients, easy to prepare and cook and oh so TASTY!
It's been a week since I returned from the four best days in my professional career thus far. Those four days were a blur that left 17 grown women wanting to sleep in front of a hotel fireplace in sleeping bags singing kumbaya. Spending four days with 17 other women from across the country learning how to represent agriculture in a positive light has been a
G A M E C H A N G E R. When I was selected I didn’t know if I should be more humbled or fortunate for being one of the seventeen. Upon completion the answer was crystal clear.
H U M B L E
The friends that I have created were the greatest teachers and listeners a girl could ask for. We could laugh with each other and know that it was in support of one another. Whether it was media training or learning about our personality profile, we wanted each other to succeed in a way that I have never experienced before. Imagine a room full of cheerleaders, hooting and hollering all while sharing our power poses! The moments shared are memories that I will hold on to while knowing that we ALL will be doing awesome things within our state and nation to promote the field we love, AGRICULTURE!
So today I challenge each of you to step out of your comfort zone and REACH! REACH high and far. Apply for scholarships, read, READ, and read some more. Fill yourself with knowledge of your industry and passion! We all have it we just need to believe. So as I write this a week later I know that I couldn’t ask for much more. And the above reminders for REACHING, are just as much for me as they are for you!
This picture may be low quality but as my fellow classmate Mallorie stated, it's not the low quality picture that matters it's the high quality people in the picture!
Why would someone name their blog Laceys Loving Lawrence?
The honest truth is I have had THIS name picked out from the beginning, before I rewrote my first blog post for the 23,458th time. The name was ALWAYS there!
My intent of this blog is to bring you the raw honest truth about our life on the farm and it just so happens that our little piece of crazy heaven is located in a LAWRENCE township. This is the place where we eat off the land and raise our children. We are raising crops that will feed the world and hopefully raising children that will turn into amazing leaders!
P.S. Did I mention we might not have livestock but one special Grandpa does. This makes our farming story even better!
My first blog post. What will it be? Who will my readers be?
The sad part I have probably wrote this first blog post 23,457 times and never taken the plunge. My biggest concern is do I have the TIME to reach you and to bring you blog worthy content. So as I get started take it easy on me ;) but let me know what you would like to see!
So let’s get right into it.
I am a mom and wife that works out of the home selling crop insurance. My husband is part of the 4th generation family farm along with his dad and brother. Our kiddos go to daycare M-F while we both work. This decision is one that sometimes haunts me as I feel like I NEED to be the SAHM. But guess what, I genuinely believe that God did not intend for me to be a SAHM. I love my kiddos and I love being a mom, but I also love my job and customers. The tradeoff isn’t always easy and there are nights that I still wonder if we are making the right decision as parents. At this point I turn to God and put my trust in him. Our kids will be ok and we can truly believe this as we have faith and trust in our daycare provider.
This post may seem all over the place but I want to be able to share my heart with you all. I want you to see that each of us is part of a plan not known to us. So THANK YOU for finding me and finding my little blog!
Stay tuned :)
I'm Lisa, a farm wife turned city slicker. A child of God, wife and mother. I'm a dreamer relying on God's grace to get me through.