Month: May 2013

I hurt my shoulder

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{I’ve been trying to think of a clever title for this post. Obviously I have failed.}

Last month Pat, the kids and I went to Chamberlain to clean Mom and Dad’s house and pick up a few things we wanted to keep. One of those things was their washer and dryer. Unfortunately the dolly cart we were going to use had a flat tire. We had no choice but to haul it down the stairs ourselves and then lift it up into my brother’s pick up truck.

Holy canoly.

Going down the stairs wasn’t too bad – except for the smashed toes and fingers. But when we lifted the washer up into the truck I felt something pull in my shoulder. Ouch. I knew I didn’t tear anything, just pulled a muscle, but it bothered me for a couple weeks.

This morning I was doing some laundry. Well I started to do laundry. I picked up an empty laundry basket and all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder. Sharp, yelling, crying pain. It hurt so bad. I thought for sure I tore something. I yelled for the kids to come help me stick the clothes in the dryer. Caleb kept patting my back and he told Angel, “Angel we need to take care of Mom, ok.” : )

I called the doctor right away and was able to get in pretty quick. Unfortunately I still hadn’t put my contacts in.

Things that are almost impossible to do one-handed: put in contacts.

I was just going to wear my glasses but I get such a bad headache when I wear glasses and so I managed to get my contacts in along with some yelling and tears. My poor kids were traumatized.

Grama was able to watch the kids and so I went to the doctor, fearing that he’d tell me I’d have to have surgery. He didn’t say that, but he didn’t really say anything. He moved my arm around alot, which caused me to act like an idiot and bawl like a baby. I seriously don’t remember ever feeling such pain – except maybe when I attempted to birth my big-headed Caleb.

Doc said I should wear a sling, ice and medicate myself as needed. And then if it still hurts in ten days to come back. Um, ok? I guess I didn’t expect the whole ten day thing, especially considering how much pain I’m in.


I guess that’s good news though. I’m thinking surgery might just be the thing that would send me over the cliff right now.

And maybe it’s the pain meds but so far I’m not freaking out too bad about being one-handed for the next week. I mean, there’s not really much I need to get done, right?



Here’s to slowing down, watching sunsets and enjoying the gift we’ve been given of living in the country.

{Those who know me well are saying, “Yes, it’s definitely the pain meds.”}


Sometimes the only words I can think of are photo captions

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Me and the kiddos at Nellie’s house on Mother’s Day.


This is Wally. I love him. He lives in Aberdeen and needs a ride to Iowa.


Pat’s hand. Getting better. But still has to wear his splint for 3 more weeks.


That splint certainly doesn’t prevent him from starting fires.


Bubs has been sick the past few days. Allergies and asthma I hate you.


This is Molly. Otherwise known as our cat. No. No I do not let her chew on mice on my couch. But I have made an exception for this gross toy.


My Angel cakes. On the way to a sister date with Holly. She was a tad bit excited.


She is also excited about our compost. That’s right, you heard it here. The kids have been so great with helping and it’s been fun learning everything we can and can’t compost.


Last weekend we went to our niece Erica’s graduation from college party. She graduated with a degree in criminal justice, is getting her masters in sign language, has like a 400th degree black belt and the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. And she’s Hols best friend. We think she’s pretty cool.


The feast on moving day. Thankfully the kids had some friends come along to keep them busy.


More friends on moving day.




Mother’s Day again in Aberdeen. Caleb thought uncle Tracy should buy this for us for the farm.


Could never find enough words to say how thankful I am that I get to be their mom.



Life on the farm in pictures

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{Helping dad trim trees}


{Love my boots}


{Rhubarb dipped in sugar}


{Sounds of wind}


{We found asparagus}


{And then we ate it. Best asparagus ever!}


{Meeting the neighbor kids}


{Herb garden}


{Hanging out in the sun room}


{Molly – aka rabbit – loves the farm}


{Me and my bubs}


{Walking down to the creek}


{Angel – aka farm girl – loves the farm too}


{Apple or peach?}


{He loves his tractor. I love him.}


{Climbing trees}




{Sunset from the back}


{Me and the kiddos at the creek}


{Sunset from the front. Laying in the grass. Bliss.}

And then the farm wife makes lunch with no utensils

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We are all looking forward to this weekend when we officially move out to the farm. (Anyone interested in helping? We’d love to have you join in on the fun! HA! But we will feed you lunch!)

The past two weeks we’ve been going out almost every day, not only bringing out boxes, but also to do some work. Every time we’re out there it just feels so natural and it’s hard to come back to the house in SF.

It’s also been extremely enjoyable to be doing the work that needs done. Painting, cleaning up the yard, planting the garden, working on the lawn mower, cleaning out the barns, cleaning cupboards and counters and walls, etc., etc. I wouldn’t say we were lazy before. Well ok, we were kinda lazy. There’s no more time for lazy though.

Not only is there no more time for lazy, but we’ve been forced to be resourceful. We’ve had lunch out at the farm a couple of times and usually I just bring meat and cheese and bread. Well I got all crazy and decided to make egg salad last weekend. Pat had boiled the eggs when I was at work the night before and I just brought along all the ingredients. I went to make lunch and realized I didn’t have any silverware or utensils.

I started to panic and then realized that I was a farm girl now and needed to just make it work. I did have a pair of scissors and so after cleaning them good I used them to cut up the eggs. After adding the mayo and mustard I just used my hands to mix it up. Of course the kids came running then and thought they needed to help! We also had strawberries and I used the scissors to cut them up.  Then I realized I didn’t have anything to scoop up the egg salad onto the buns. Sure I had my hands, but I didn’t think my family would appreciate that. So I cut a spoon out of a paper plate! It worked great!

Ok, I realize it’s not rocket science. The farm wives of the 1900’s are laughing at me right now.  I guess the farm wives of today are probably laughing at me. But hey, baby steps, right?! Here we are, having our first meal together at the farm!


And here’s some more of what we’ve been doing lately…



After much consideration and stressing out about whether or not to paint, we decided to go for it. And I’m glad we did. Not only does it look so much better (will post before and after pictures later), but it was fun painting with the kids and it was even a calming project, being able to take care of our new place.



The kids and Molly on the hot tub (after we told them ten times to not get on top of the hot tub.) I’m so excited to get moved in and work on this room, the 3-season porch. It needs quite a bit of work but it will be so great when we get it cleaned up and decorated!


Getting a tractor ride from our landlord Darren.


Every farm needs a Superhero! Seriously, how awesome is he!





Pat with his new toy.


Well not really new. It was left there and Darren said we could have it. Pat did a little work to it and it runs like a charm now. And it came with a little trailer so my hubby is having fun with his new toy!

Here’s a little video I took:

Darren also got the garden tilled for us and so last night we tried to do some planting. It’s still pretty dry but we got a few rows of onions planted before it was getting late and time to head for Sioux Falls.


This is about half of my garden. Yippee! I’m so excited. It’s gonna be awesome!  Remind me in August that I said that when veggies are coming out of my ears!

We were finishing cleaning up our mess from painting and gardening and I looked out the front window to see this view.


Oh my word. Thank you Jesus.

I realize that this new adventure we are embarking on will be hard work. And it won’t be without its struggles. But being outside, seeing and hearing (and smelling! yikes!) the beauty of God’s creation… well honestly I don’t think we could ask for a greater blessing in our life right now. We are so thankful.