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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Walking and Talking about How I Got Here: Chapter 2

Here we are, ready for Real Farmwives of America.  Thanks to Heather at 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs for gathering us all together.  There are links to more stories to read at the end of my post.  These gals are hard working, multi-tasking ladies, most of whom just happen to know how to drive VERY LARGE machinery.  It's what we do; we are farm wives.

So let's see..... where were we in my story, How I got Here?  Click here for Chapter One

Oh!  Off to college I went, Ball State University, English/Secondary Education double major, French minor, and Honors College student.  That last part was so fun and important at the beginning of college, but when it came down to having two classes left to take to get the"Honors" on my diploma, I decided it wasn't that great!  I had just come off taking like six classes in the summer and two full quarters so I could student teach in the spring.  GIVE ME MY DIPLOMA was about all I could think!

So now I am teaching high school English, two years at Hamilton Heights and what would be the remaining 16 years at Twin Lakes High School in Monticello, IN.  I got used to everyone asking me, "When are you ever going to get married?!?!?!!"  One of the great things about teenagers; they ask what they want to know!  Same with family.

One of my single girl friends and I used to go out, and guys would ask us the standard, " So what do you do?"  She was the administrator of a nursing home, so our standard line would go along the lines of, "I am in to futures and she is in the antique business."  Always have to preserve a bit of mystery right?

There was one blip on the romance radar before I met Tall Guy, but let's just say it was a learning experience and leave it at that.  I licked my wounds and met Tall Guy the next year at a 4th of July gathering known as Slobberfest!

Yep!  It sounds about like it was.

Nope!  I'm not going to share pictures, mainly because I am not sure what box they are in.  Also to preserve any conceptions you have of me as being an angel with my halo all bright and shiny!

Tall Guy was introduced to me as a farmer, dairy farmer to be exact. And while it was a kind of slow start, I was pretty sure he was the one by September, and positive by November.  Him?  Hmmmm...... Have you ever known a farmer to do anything quickly?  SIX YEARS LATER, almost to the day, we married.  I may go back and fill in some blanks some day, but that's our courting in a nutshell.  Me hanging out at the farm, getting to know the back end of every milk cow as TG and I chatted during the milking, riding in tractors and combines, sitting beside him at Purdue basketball games, and country line dancing on the weekends when he could make it.

No, he doesn't dance... well except for the slow ones, and then he still doesn't move too much! ;-)

It has been a learning process, actually living the life of a farmer, a livestock farmer.  We farm about 2000 acres, and guess what!?! 160 of those acres are my Grandma Phyllis and Grandpa Bill's farm!  Yep!  Want to know a secret?  I cannot wait to get on some piece of machinery and be on that ground.  

I have such memories of that farm from my little girl brain.  We used to ride on the fender of the tractor. (Yes I know a HUGE no-no, but that's what we did back then.  I'm not sure how I survived dangerous cribs, not wearing seat belts, and riding my bike without a helmet!)   I listened to the voices of Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd and Lou Boudreau and telling me how Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks and the rest of the Chicago Cubs fared on game day on 720 am WGN!  I still like my Cubbies via the radio!  My brother and I played in the beans and all the wagons.

Oh....uhm....back to Tall Guy and me right!

We live in the house Steve has lived in all his life.  His parents moved in town, and we farm our ground and family ground.  We also raise feeder cattle.  The dairy was sold in April of 2001, and we were married in June of that year.  My Tall Guy loves his cows, so when the Holsteins left the farm, he and his dad invested in a cow/calf operation.  That means we had mostly heifers (young, "inexperienced" girl cows) and a bull.  A few months later we have a lot of pregnant cows who calved in the spring.  That sounds fairly simple, but it was a lot of work, and so we sold the mommas and their calves.  We now raise feeder cattle, which means we buy the calves after they are weaned, and feed them until they are ready for market.

As a side note, about eight years ago, Tall Guy slipped on a rock he had thrown up on the steps of the combine, and landed on his rump roast.  This fall led to severe back pain and a herniated disc.  He has had three surgeries in the years between now and then.  Two what I call "nip and tucks" where they nipped the ruptured part of the disc in hopes that it would mend itself.  When two of those surgeries didn't work, his back went out again last November 15, it's the day before Bear's birthday, so I remember it.  January 19 he went in to have his disc fused together, and this surgery seems to have been the right choice.  All three surgeries happened in the winter months when his folks go south for the winter so that left yours truly to feed and tend to the cows.  That is a whole other experience I will tell you about soon!

Time to end this rambling with some pictures.  Glad you all likes the "vintage" pictures from yesterday's post.  I will go back and fill you in on the family tree when the snow is flying and there is more time!  Here are some fun farm pictures from our modern day life.  A few you have seen before and the rest ....... well I think they will make you smile!  Don't forget to visit the gals at the end of my picture parade.  You can take a whole field trip to the country one farm at a time!

Nighty-night from the farm.  Stay tuned for more chapters to our story.  Right now, Tall Guy just walked in; it's 10:00 p.m., and we are heading upstairs for some shut eye before the sun rises again.

Be safe, enjoy your the meals you prepare for your family every day, and please know that we are doing our very best to provide you with the safest, least expensive food in the world.  Please do not be afraid of "high fructose corn syrup," or other "red flags' the media put out for you.  Ask a farmer, ask one of these ladies, ask me any question you have about what we do, and we will give you a straight forward answer.  We are families, we are farmers, we live real lives, and just about every day on the calendar is a good day on the farm.

Now, enjoy meeting the ladies below and learning about what they do.

o   Heather at 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs
o   Amy & Liz at 2 Maids A Milking
o   Marybeth at Alarm Clock Wars
o   Leah at Beyer Beware
o   Jennifer at Farmgirl Follies
o   Jeanette at Fence Row to Fence Row
o   Lauren at Four Ransoms and a Farm
o   Jane at Going Jane
o   Cris at GOODEness Gracious
o   Meggie at Hoosier Farm Babe
o   Jent at My Front Porch
o   Denise at Who is the Grown Up?



  1. What a great story. My farmer drove around with my engagement ring in his truck for almost a month before he proposed. :-)

  2. love a good story - yours would make a good 'chick flick' :))))) love the photos too, God bless you, lots of love, Judith

  3. Thanks for sharing your story! What a great idea...

  4. Very fun to read! This is a sweet story and you a one patient person! Farmers and engagement rings - Chris sold a load of hogs and then immediatly drove over to a jewelery store (smelling and looking a little ripe) and picked our a ring and bought it!!!!

  5. I love all those pics of your girls adorable! Thanks for sharing your story too!

  6. Love all these pictures! I am sorry to hear that your husband had all those miserable surgeries. Is he really getting relief from that horrid pain, or just learning to live with lesser pain?

    Our grandsons would LOVE seeing that huge machinery. :-)

  7. I've enjoyed reading all of your stories! Love the pictures too. It's nice to see how other farm wives live.

  8. Hello:

    I'm a new follower from Friendly Friday Follow.


  9. Lovely pictures. It looks like they had fun at the farm.

  10. I love this line - "We are families, we are farmers, we live real lives, and just about every day on the calendar is a good day on the farm." Amen. You put the words in my mouth. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  11. Ah, love the conclusion!

    So, if you don't mind me asking, how old are you? You taught for 18 years? Or did I read that wrong?

  12. Love your line with your girlfriend! Lol!
    Great description of the ladies- BTW.

  13. Thanks for sharing your story....and those pictures. Nice!!

  14. Lovely pictures and great story ... thanks for sharing! Love, the Farmgirl from Carroll County OHIO. ;)

  15. Stopping in to check out your blog,say hi and that I'm
    Following from boost my blog friday.

  16. I loved reading this! Also, I love that you're raising your kids in the same house your hubster grew up - that's too cool, gotta appreciate that family history!

    Hope all has been well with you!

  17. what a wonderful story!



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