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Stop and Smell the Roses

There is always time to stop and smell the roses 🌷

My grandparents always had a massive rose garden. As a kid, I have fond memories of picking roses and watching my grandfather tend to his what seemed like millions rose bushes. My grandma loved to work in the rose garden too, it was always time with the whole family.
My father continued on the same tradition. He had a green thumb for roses and he loved those bushes. When my parents first moved into their house they had 100 roses in their yard. They eventually made a smaller garden, but still spent just as much time caring for those roses. Now, he has a good rose garden of probably 20-30 rose bushes. He used to always pick roses for my mom and bring them inside for her to enjoy. It was always a special little gift he made for her. 
Now we continue his legacy by picking roses and taking them to his grave. I know he was looking down on us this morning as my daughter was playing with his roses. I’m sure he was probably worrying about her…

International Womens Day- A day to celebrate Farmer's Wife's

On this, International Women's Day I celebrate the fellow Farmer's Wife.


Today and everyday we work hard to tend to our family, land, animals, friends, neighbors and community. We don't get days off and often work a day job to come home, help with the farm and then ensure dinner is on the table and the kids are fed.


Today is for you. The hard working, ever caring, ever giving, backbone to agriculture.




Me and my boys!

My family. My sister and her family, my parents, myself and my farmer. My mom holds their family farm together

My Mother in Law and son, the farmer's wife who holds our farm together

My mother with her three grandchildren, my example of a Farmer's Wife growing up



And on the 9th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “Oh dear, the farmer is going to need help.” So God made a farmer’s wife.


God said, “I need somebody who will get up before dawn, make breakfast, work all day in the kitchen, bank, school or alongside her farmer and then come home to fix supper and wash up the dishes”. So God made a farmer’s wife.


God said “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with their newborn son. And watch him grow. Then pray each morning and teach her children to say, ‘please and thank you.’ I need somebody who can make a fried egg sandwich, stretch a pay check or thicken soup, who can clean her house with vinegar, baking soda and hot water. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish her forty-hour week on Friday, then, join her farmer in the field for another two days, six meals and five loads of laundry.” So God made a farmer’s wife.


God said, “I need somebody strong enough to plant trees and heave bales, to co-sign a load for a half a million with steady hands, yet gentle enough to tame show lambs and raise kids and calm the farmer when he’s upset over higher rent or lower corn, who will stop her work for an hour to talk on the phone to her neighbor who just found out her mother is sick. Somebody who could cook and clean and not cut corners. Somebody to wash, dry, iron, tidy, feed, rake, water, drive, check the homework and pack the lunch bags and remember the basketball schedule and replenish the refrigerator and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile ride to church. Somebody who’d sew a family together with the soft strong stiches of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh and then reply, with smiling eyes, when her daughter says she wants to spend her life “doing what mom does”. So God made a Farmer’s Wife …

This edition of So God made a Farmer's Wife is courtesy of Sierra Shea.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny


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  1. Jenny very nice tribute to those farmers wives who work hard to provide food, fiber, and family unity to all.

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