I grew up in a family farming operation with the warning from my mom, "never marry a farmer..." I think she was just trying to protect me from the spring and fall widow syndrome that happens when it's time for Spring planting and Fall harvesting.
Well, at 17 years of age, I met the guy that I knew I would marry and 5 years after meeting we were married. A farmer. Yep, I married a farmer and wouldn't have it any other way.
Upon getting married, I wanted desperately to start my career in the agriculture industry. However, with the geographic restrictions that come with being married to the farmer and the farm land, my lack of flexibility with being re-located put a damper on the direction my career took right out of college. It was retail first. Then on to sales in the automotive manufacturing industry. Next, I tried my hand at sales in the medical field which then lead to a management position for an urgent care facility. Finally, the moment came when motherhood came knocking on our door - going back to work full-time in the position I held didn't seem like quite the right fit for me or my family. So, it was time to put on the "big girl panties" and make a decision to stay home full-time with our new son!
I wouldn't change the decision for any amount of money in the world. Not only have I been able to be a part of my son's life more than I ever would've been able to had I still been working 50-60 hours/week, I am also finding a closer connection to the farm.
My husband had been used to spending most of the daytime hours working by himself and having me home complicated his style a little, but we've made it work! I now help him in the spring with shipping and receiving in our family seed dealership - anything from inventory to loading bagged and bulk seed for customers to invoicing. I also get the pleasure of hands on labor in the fields and providing the chuck wagon for a few meals each day. In the fall, I get the coveted job of being the main combine operator of the "big green machine". All of this while having our kiddo close by, learning the tricks of the trade and showing him what farm life is like.
I always find ways to keep myself busy; volunteering has becoming a full-time job for me in the off season. I serve on several boards and organizations and am involved in our church. I like being active and being a spokesperson for our farm. And, as if all of this weren't enough, I started my own side business. The business wasn't really my intent, but the journey to better health and fitness for myself and my family WAS and the business part seemed like the natural flow of progression to open the doors to an opportunity that I never thought I would entertain.
Life is great! I wouldn't trade the busyness or the craziness for anything! Now to continue the journey...