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My Daddy

Dad. Father. Papa. The one who holds the family together. Patriarch. Leader. Bear hugger. Most memorable laugher. Teacher of life lessons. The one who taught me to drive. Passion instiller. Farmer. Daddy. 

Dads are one of the most important people in our lives. My Dad meant so much to me. He was the reason I am who I am today. I remember from a young age farming with my dad. Driving around with him checking fields. I even had a small table in his office at the farm that I pretended to work just like him. He taught me so much about agriculture. He is the reason I love agriculture and farming. He gave me my passion for agriculture. He was so proud that my sister and I wanted to be involved in agriculture too. But he hated that I went to school so far away. And even though I didn’t come home to farm with him as planned, I married an almond farmer who he loved as his own son. 


It pains me to write about my Dad in past tense. There will be no more memories and future planning with my Dad. My…

What I have been up to...

Life gets crazy, spring especially. It just has a way of sneaking up on you in the most unexpected kind of way. It surprises you and brings a whole lot of new with it. Whether you are ready or not.


I shared a few of my thoughts about spring yesterday on social media.
Spring is a time for all things NEW!
New life, new growth, new ideas, new journeys, new challenges. We may not like the new doors that open or we may be rejoicing for the new opportunities that are being presented...


My spring has definitely brought a basket of all things new. It's been a crazy few weeks for me and I feel like I have been slacking when it comes to social media and the blog. I do have a good reason though, so I thought today I would give you an update on what I have been up to and explain my absence.


Spring's first storm brought a wave of sickness to our house. The weekend before spring break started, my son started getting sick. Cough, sore throat, snotty nose, the whole gambit. It was not a fun way to start off spring break. It didn't go away either, it spread. My daughter got sick and of course I did too. Spring break was supposed to be a fun week. We had plans to go to zoo, indoor trampoline fun and a mother/son movie date. Well with all of us feeling lousy, none of that happened.


I did get a nice care package from Nature's Way with some great Elderberry and cold care products to help me along. A friend of mine turned me on to elderberry a few months ago when I was looking for breastfeeding friendly vitamins to help with my immune system. These were a great addition to my daily routine. And who doesn't love a little Bueller's Day Off when you just want to snuggle on the couch until you feel better.


We started feeling better a few days before Easter. Which was a good thing because with my sister in law's due date on Easter, I offered to host Easter brunch. Easter was a great family time, but we were still not 100% back to normal. To add salt to our wounds, my husband then decided to throw his back out the next day! So now, I had a husband home from work who couldn't move and I was trying to get our lives back in action. Needless to say, I became the chauffer as you can never take a farmer away from the farm, even when he can't drive or sit very long.


After four days of him being useless, he started feeling better and was able to get back to work. It is a good thing too because on Friday I had a new niece born! That's right, my sister in law who was due on Easter Sunday, gave birth to an adorable baby girl. With my brother in law now helping out with the new baby and some minor medical setbacks, it is a good thing my husband's back was getting better because he needed to get back to work.



It's been a crazy few weeks with sicknesses, new life and new challenges. I guess that is what spring is all about. New journeys, new opportunities and new ways to test what you are capable of. But, we are all back to normal now. Both kids are full of smile and laughs and ready to take on the world. So now you know what I have been up to...


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

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