Thursday, January 2, 2014

My One-Word for 2014

One-Word, not a resolution for my New Year, but my focus. 



Good morning on the second day of 2014! It's a new year and instead of setting new years resolutions I am choosing One Word to focus on daily in both my personal and business life. As I read through the list of word ideas the one word that kept coming to mind is a word that I've tried to implement in my world for the past couple of years. It seems it always comes up when I think about the items on my to do list. So by choosing it as my One Word for 2014 it will be at the top of every to do list so that as I look at each item on the list my focus will be not only to accomplish the task it will be to "Simplify" the task. Whether it is how to simplify the specific task or to simplify the process in order to get the task done. End result, less things on my to do list and more accomplished! That is just one example of where I plan to focus my One Word. My plan is to focus on where that One Word can come in to play in all aspects of my daily life therefore feeling a little lighter in my step through life because I have kept it simple, hence simplified the action or thought! K.I.S.S. --Keep It Simple Silly  

Check out the One-Word website:

Some ideas for your One-Word:
Gratitude, Gracious, less, Hopeful, Passion, Purpose, DWELL, Implement, Inspirational, treasure, resilient, Gratefulness, Healing, Fire, Positive, #kai·ros, Selfless, PRODUCTIVE, commits, Excellence, nest, assiduity, Strive, Knowledge, Intersection, Taste, perseverance, Bold, Move, Naked, Control, Invest, Attend, Happiness, Confidence, Build, Happy, seek, strength, Na, deliberate, Nourish, SOW, Renovate, Credibility, Experience, Crucible, Organized, Balance, Zen, Change, determined, Unafraid, Unity, FOLLOW, Persevere, Resolve, welcome, Leap, Discovery, Mercy-Giver, Awareness, spontaneous, chooselife, Presence, LIGHT, Conquerer, adapt, Still, plan, Create, Rock, worship, Serve, Compassion, nourishment, YES, Dependence, Survive, Deliverance, Write, BRAVE, Acceptance, Focus, Celebrate, Laugh, joy, Fit, whatsoever, Patience, Pursue, Innovate, strong, Engage, faith, Vision, open, Jump, Improvement, uplift


What is your One-Word for 2014? Please share. I'd love to know what your focus in 2014 will be.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pray…Anytime You Wish…



"God warms his hands at man's heart when he prays."  
---John Masefield 

I am inspired by the words and wisdom of this children’s book written by a friend. It is a simple message yet something so powerful that we take for granted so much. A reminder of sorts that we really can, and God expects us to, pray wherever we are and anytime we wish.

Deuteronomy 31:6  New International Version (NIV)
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


I have an ongoing conversation going on in my mind with God, everyday. Some days, I simply say, ‘Thank you for taking care of me and my family today, Lord.” Over and over and over. Some days I’m more specific but most of my prayers begin with Thank you… Prayer gives me so much peace and strength that why wouldn’t I pray even if it is the same prayer over and over sometimes.

"There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God."
- Brother Lawrence 
I share with you this children’s book not just to share with your children but for you to read and hopefully be inspired by it’s simple, yet powerful message. I pray that it will deepen your faith in the power of prayer.


Because I love this book so much I want to give away a copy. Receive a chance to win when you comment on this post with the name of your favorite prayer devotional book and a prayer or quote that you go to when you are looking for peace from our God.  
Include your email as a way to contact you if your name is drawn.
Post your comment by November 5, 2013 winner will be announced November 6, 2013

More information about the book search for it on Amazon.com

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Blog Post sharing a Blog Post about a Farm Wife


Inspiring message from a newlywed farm wife from the North Dakota prairie. She's got it figured out in just a couple of years of being married to a farmer. What she writes is true and names weren't changed to protect the innocent. It's a quick read. Check it out.  :-)


An 1870 publication reads–
The farmers wife is not less essential to successful farming than her husband.

10 Ways marrying a Farmer will change your life...
http://jldphotographblog.com/2013/10/07/10-ways-marrying-a-farmer-will-change-your-life/

A farm wife...and so much more...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall Harvest Meals on Wheels



My farmer and our daughter's farmer. :-)


Fall Harvest on the farm requires lots of planning and preparation in the kitchen. You never know if you'll have 1, 2 or 5 or more hungry farmers to feed or if you'll be taking the meals to the field or if you have to run the grain cart and still provide the food for everyone.  I've been doing a lot of prep and putting things in the freezer for this years meals. 


Here’s one of my favorites to put in the freezer and have on hand for harvest and the winter months.  A recipe you can put in the freezer and bake frozen when you have farmers to feed, unexpected company or want a fresh coffee cake.

A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe. --Thomas Keller

Apple Coffee Cake

½ cup Margarine
1 Cup Sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour
1teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

mix all of the above together and
add 1 cup sour cream
2 cups chopped apples


Split dough in to 2 – 8x8 pans or 1 9x13 pan

Topping
Mix together 2 Tablespoons margarine
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sprinkle on top of the dough.

Bake at 350 degrees
Or
Cover and put in freezer. When ready to bake remove cover and bake frozen at 350 degrees for 45 
minutes.

Enjoy!







Thursday, October 3, 2013

(Back in the game) The Real Farm Wife Life of Nebraska


It's been over a year since my last post. It's time to get this blog rolling again. I recently retired from my Agribusiness Technology Instructor position and promoted to farm wife/farm hand once again. So 17 years later I've resumed my full-time position on the farm. I'm excited and can't wait to share the trials and celebrations of my farm wife life.

You all know I'm passionate about women in agriculture and sharing the message on how important they are to the farming life. There is no discrimination. You are one or you're not. We may each play a different role but we are all important and share a special bond. If it's you, embrace it. Pick one thing on your farm or ranch and embrace it. Find your niche in that role whether you have always been one or married in to it. There's a place and a purpose for you.


All I can say is it wasn't our signature wine last night but there's wine involved when the 'real farmwives of Nebraska get together" and help each other out during harvest...and Harvest just started so you are all invited to join us, anytime. Jeep rides, tractor rides, combine rides, men to feed, animals to feed, food and drink...keep an open mind and you'll fit in just fine. It's a way of life like no other and there's all kinds of wives, from full-time farm wives to full-time employed in town farmwives, to new to the farm wives. All are filling a role like no other.

A farm wife...and so much more...





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Entering BonnieVille (I'm back after a short break in blogging.) Hope you enjoy.

When you enter BonnieVille you will find random thoughts on a plethora of topics:
Agriculture business

Farm wife life
Farming
Technology
Microsoft Office 2010 Tips
Social Media
Shopping
Photography
Inspiration
Other people’s stuff
Husband
Son
Daughter
Time management
Books to read
Books I’ve read
Recipes
Humor
Travel
 Places I’ve been
 Places I dream about going
Community College Instructor

Don't Stop Believing in your Dreams



What's your biggest dream and goal? If you could go anywhere or do anything where would you go or what would you do? Please comment below. 

Quotes: 
Share your dreams with others:  Surround yourself with those who believe in you and who are will help you achieve your goals. --Lisa Marie Yost

Dreams are like stars-- you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny. -- Author Unknown

Resources:


Go ahead, comment. I want to know.