Pictures From Around the Farm

I am a little late posting this today, but here are a few.  We have finished Milo and soybean harvest, but still have some alfalfa seed to finish up.  So, without further ado, here are some pictures from around our farm!!  Some days I just go find my hubby out in the field and see what kind of pictures I can get.  This is what this week’s pictures from around the farm are an evening near dusk grabbing shots as he works.


Combine cutting soybeans as the moon rises behind it.



Combine cutting soybeans as the moon rises behind it.


The sun was still above the horizon as I grabbed this shot of his cutting soy beans.  That is the moon coming up...

The sun was still above the horizon as I grabbed this shot of his cutting soy beans. That is the moon coming up…

Cutting soybeans as the sky turns to a beautiful twilight.

Cutting soybeans as the sky turns to a beautiful twilight.

I hope you have enjoyed these few pictures of us finishing our soybean harvest.  Stay tuned for next weeks pictures from around the farm!!

Thanksgiving Reading List

Our family loves to read.  We read several times throughout the day as a family and independently.  I have older children read to younger children and younger children read to older children, all of us read together and so forth.  However, I have found that we tend to get tired of reading the same thing over and over.  In order to help this problem, I am developing reading list for each month.  These lists may be more like a Reading Idea List.  Our November Reading List is focused around Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Reading List

Click on the picture of each book to be taken to a link to purchase the book.


“The Pilgrims’ celebration of the first Thanksgiving is a keystone of America’s national and spiritual identity. But is what we’ve been taught about them or their harvest feast what actually happened? And if not, what difference does it make? Through the captivating story of the birth of this quintessentially American holiday, veteran historian Tracy McKenzie helps us to better understand the tale of America’s origins—and for Christians, to grasp the significance of this story and those like it. McKenzie avoids both idolizing and demonizing the Pilgrims, and calls us to love and learn from our flawed yet fascinating forebears.”



“Celebrate the season in this heartwarming story that references Psalm 92 in tender rhyme from award-winning author Karma Wilson. Told from the point of view of one young member of an extended family, Give Thanks to the Lord celebrates joy of all kinds”



“In England in the early 1600s, everyone was forced to join the Church of England. Young William Bradford and his friends believed they had every right to belong to whichever church they wanted. In the name of religious freedom, they fled to Holland, then sailed to America to start a new life”



“After an abundance of prayers and tears we made farewells at dockside and boarded our small ship. Our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean “began with a prosperous wind,” but the sea soon became “sharp and violent” and storms howled about us.
When the pilgrims set out for America, they brought with them a dream for the future. ”



“The official start of the harvest season, it occurs around September 21 each year. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of longer nights and shorter days. For many cultures around the world, the fall equinox represents a time to celebrate the harvest and begin collecting and storing crops.”



“1607: A New Look at Jamestown is the last word on America’s first colony. With expert appraisal of new archaeological evidence, this National Geographic title stands alone for timely authority and visual appeal.”



“Beloved author Jean Craighead George traces the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock to the moment the Pawtuxet Indians and the Pilgrims met and feasted together. Thomas Locker’s luminous paintings give the story a glowing, timeless quality.”



“Wouldn’t it be great to be part of that famous Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth Plantation back in 1621?
Then join the Time-Traveling Twins as they sit down to an enormous FOUR-DAY feast, complete with puddings, pompions, pottages, and, of course, turkeys. Meet Squanto and the other Native Americans. Help with the harvest. Find out what it was like to be a Pilgrim.”



“Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.”



“Questions and answers about the first Thanksgiving and what it was like to live in America in the 1620’s.”


“The story of the Pilgrims is vividly retold in simple language for beginning readers.”

“Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said. Thanksgiving was Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on a wooden board. But she wasn’t happy to find out Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house? After a long absence this delightful 1971 classic is back. So is Grandmother’s secret recipe!”


There are many more great books available to read, but obviously I can’t list every one here.

As we approach Thanksgiving and the need to plan and get organized, let’s not forget to spend time with our children reading about the history of why we stuff ourselves silly every November. Grab a few of these books from our family’s Thanksgiving Reading List.  Many are available at your library or you can click on each book and purchase them.  Be sure to use the book list in your The Thanksgiving Plan Book to keep your organized.


A Look into Our FarmLife…

Our lives are centered around our farm..  if for no other reason than farm life pretty much takes a ton of time.  Then because it is our income, our bread and butter, the bacon… or in our case beef.

Our entire family is a part of our farm chores, from driving tractors, to working on equipment, to feeding livestock and watering cows.  We all get our hands in a little dirt and umm dung.

Each week I hope to bring you a look into our FarmLife…

Rainbow giving promise over an alfalfa field in our backyard.

Rainbow giving promise over an alfalfa field in our backyard.

Husband helping our neighbor/cousin harvest milo.  Unloading into the grain cart while the grain cart unloads into the truck. Ready to send off to the elevator.

Husband helping our neighbor/cousin harvest milo. Unloading into the grain cart while the grain cart unloads into the truck. Ready to send off to the elevator.

My little cow watering helper... asleep on the job.

My little cow watering helper… asleep on the job.

Feeding the cows... should I mention that when the bull looked at me and grunted I ran into the electric fence?

Feeding the cows… should I mention that when the bull looked at me and grunted I ran into the electric fence?  Oldest is helping cut the wrap off the bale so the cattle don’t get tangled in it or ingest it and die.  The bull is the the white guy already chomping on the bale of hay.  Those bales each weigh about 1500 LBS.

What would you like to see from our farm life?

Using The Thanksgiving Plan Book

Planning a holiday and hosting it in your home can be a big challenge, whether you work full time out side the home or stay home with your children.  This fall has been a lot busier for our family than probably any other fall in my married life.  This is our first fall actually having to cut fall crops, and being a member of the unknown, made up by me Fall Harvest Club…  AKA, we meet ourselves coming and going and understand the totally dysfunctional communication between other fall harvest families.  Did I mention that I have been told this could be the fall harvest that goes down in history as the longest fall harvest?  Yep, I see my husband for maybe one meal a day and I can watch him sleep… if I take him a meal to the field, I get to see him awake for the 15 minutes he eats.  The Thanksgiving Plan Book, A Simple Plan for a Thanksgiving of Gratitude was born from my need to keep it together.  It was born to help me be able to keep the joy in bring thankful.

The Thanksgiving Plan Book A Simple Plan for a Thanksgiving of Gratitude


I made The Thanksgiving Plan Book, A Simple Plan for a Thanksgiving of Gratitude somewhat plain so you can deocrate it, or allow you children to help you.  My girls love to help me decorate our to do lists, and calendars each week on Saturdays.  I will give pictures of some ways we have decorated our planner.

How to Use and Decorate your The Thanksgiving Plan Book, A Simple Plan for a Thanksgiving of Gratitude.

To use this planner in your 8.5 x 11 inch binder, print, either single sided or double sided, punch an insert.  Now you are ready to customize (decorate)  it to match your preferences.

To use in your Plum Paper Planner or Erin Condren Life Planner, just print on both sides, trim on the borders, punch and insert in your planner.

I should be getting my new Plum Paper Planner in the mail in the next week or two.  I started decorating our calendars and planners each week as a way to get a bit creative, and to make looking at our to do lists a bit more exciting.   My kiddos love the happy looking to do list.  I am using scrapbooking supplies I have on hand and Washi Tape.  I also use stickers pertaining to the current season.

Here is a look at my current planner.  I took about 30 minutes to decorate and plan my week.  I am working on an insert with our daily chores and on the back our weekly chores.  Extra chores go in the boxes on our planner.

Decorating your weekly planner can bring a smile every time you look to see what you need to do.

 I am waiting to get some new pens to add more color.  I love the Sharpie Fine Point Stylo Pens, but only have one in black.

How I have started to use our The Thanksgiving Planner.


Here is the eBook printed out on 8.5×11 inch paper.  You can    either punch holes now and place in a regular binder or trim to  fit your planner.  It is printed on both sides of the page.



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To use in your Plum Paper Planner or Erin Condren Life Planner, trim the pages on the borders.

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Now you need to punch your The Thanksgiving Plan Book to fit your planner.  Since my Plum Paper Planner is not here yet, I am waiting to do this.

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Aren’t these leaves cute?  They will add a lot of fun to my planner.  I got them for 40% off at Hobby Lobby… a store that is umm dangerous for us creative types.

Decorating The Thanksgiving Plan Book

Our checklist page is prettied up just a bit.  You can decorate a little or a lot!!

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I am still planning our menu, so haven’t done much but add a couple of leaves to the top.  Once our plans are a bit more taken care of, I will fill in some of the white space with stickers and such.  By decorating your plan book, it becomes a mini scrapbook of your Thanksgiving Celebration.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I will be adding more and more to my The Thanksgiving Plan Book.  I will also continue to blog about how I am using this planner.

Are you convince you need this planner?

The Thanksgiving Plan Book Pre-Launch sale 40% off 10/31 -11/2

This fall has been the never ending fall harvest. My farmwife friends in our area are tending to agree. I have been in charge of running for parts, and tending to all livestock needs most of this fall. All while homeschooling, keeping up our home, having a nearly 5 month old baby who umm… well has bad sleeping habits. This led me to design a plan book, The Thanksgiving Plan Book for our family or maybe more for me to help me plan a Thanksgiving of Gratitude without losing the joy of being thankful.

The Thanksgiving Plan Book A Simple Plan for a Thanksgiving of Gratitude


The Thanksgiving Plan Book, A Simple Plan for a Thanksgiving of Gratitude eBook is a 15 page ebook with pages to help you get organized, decorate, menu plan, a place to create a book list, activities to do with your children, Gratitude list, and more!! The cost? $5 I have spent several hours of designing, prayer and thought went into this. And… bonus it is designed to be used in different sized planners by how you print it or cut on the borders on each page!! Erin Condren? YES!! Plum Paper Planner? YES!!  8.5 x 11 inches? YES!! Thanksgiving Plan Book 3 page

There are charts or forms to make list for so much in this planner:

  • Menu
  • Shopping
  • Activities
  • Decorating
  • Books to Read
  • Verses of Gratitude
  • To Do Before the Big Day
  • To Do the Day of
  • Places to Visit

Since you can print this planner for your own use as many times as you need, you can use it for years to come.

Grab The Thanksgiving Plan Book this weekend for 40% off!! Use code Prelaunch40 at checkout!!

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