Of course I meant to write this right at the turn of the new year. When you live on a farm, many things get in the way of the “to do” list. I had the goal to put down in print a few goals I have for 2017 but horrible below freezing temperatures, snow, and a round of the flu managed to completely derail my plan.
Now that the ice and snow have thawed and the house has been disinfected top to bottom I can get back to my thoughts and wishes for 2017.
1 ~ Appreciate and treasure the time I have with my family. For too long I could not wait for my kids to be out of diapers, sleeping through the night, attending school all day…… The list goes on and it was all so I could have a few more minutes for me. Well now as I look at the calendar, I realize I have very little time left with my kids before they head off to the next chapter in their life. How did it go so fast? Just yesterday I had a preschooler, infant, and a third on the way. It just went by so fast and now all I want to do is slow it down.
2. Appreciate and enjoy the life I have everyday. I know this sounds easy and simple. All it takes is a review of the newspaper or quick 30 minute newscast to showcase that there is so much sadness and suffering not so far from home. I am so blessed to live on a beautiful farm and count cows and calves as my neighbors. I have the pleasure of walking to work twice a day and I never have to worry about traffic. It really is an ideal situation and I must remember to love and appreciate it every day.
3. Encourage my kids to take chances. I love routine. I thrive on routine. Maybe that is why dairy farming is the best job for me. I want my kids to take chances. I want them to be ok if something does not go like they want. I never thought I would be married to a dairy farmer and living in rural Washington. I took a chance and I never looked back.
Here’s to a great 2017.