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May 1, 2012

More tears . . .

but happy ones this time!

So they just announced the Americas Farm Winners and I was not one of them - I know right - I am assuming that you are shocked and in wonderment of how that error could of happened - but then I got an email this morning from one of the most amazing people I am privileged to call friend (I say that not just because of the email I truly mean it) and I cried!

Her email:
So you didn't win, but here is the nomination I sent in......
Emily Wood

            the hard work of cleaning out hog barns.
            the long days in the field or waiting for a new calf to be born.
            the stinky smells of farm life.
            the small victories of getting a crop planted just before the rain comes.
            the disappointment when you don’t get that purple ribbon for your steer in 4H.
            the fact that farm life isn’t a 9 to 5 job.

and SHE GIVES IT....
            by being the “cheerleader” when the farmer doesn’t think planting is going well.
            by hauling meals into the field.
            by working ALONG with her children in the barn.
            by writing a blog that gives a true depiction of life on a farm, married to a farmer.
            by serving on the board for the Johnson County Beef Cattle Association.
            by helping wherever help is needed, no matter WHO needs it.
            by volunteering to be the coach so her kids can participate in Soil Judging.
            by giving BACK to our military heros and serving a meal to them provided by the                         Beef Cattle Association.

and SHE LOVES IT.....
            her family, all together working on the farm.
            the pride they share by providing agricultural products to the state.
            to work with her children to prepare for 4H County Fair.
            to share her opinions about agriculture.
            by opening their farm to national FFA members to tour their facility.
            by capturing this life through her camera lens.....one of Jen’s pictures really IS                 worth 1000 words.

and SHE LIVES IT.....her email says it all “plowkids@embarqmail.com

You will not find a more deserving Farm Mom of the Year than Jennifer Campbell.  I am continually impressed with her dedication, her passion and her love for their lifestyle.  It may not always be pretty, but it’s reality.

I love you Emily!

Seriously I swear she wrote this and I didn't even tell her too - cause if you remember last year I bugged the crap casually mentioned it to my kids and ended up with this blog post instead!  But then Chris showed me his entry in the contest:

My wife is an awesome farm Mom.  She has exposed our kids to and completely immersed them in our lifestyle.  From washing calves to educating people about agriculture, she is involved passionately on all levels.
She enables them to be directly involved in agriculture; by example, by answering,  their questions, by supporting their activities.  She hauls them to meetings, judging practices, shows and fairs constantly.  Her leadership and creativity add to their projects.  Her contributions to the family farm are numerous, she being capable to bring lunch to the field for everyone working and then jump in a tractor with no warning and run for 5 hours, even when was pregnant.  She washes hog barns without complaint, goes for parts, breeds sows.  She is our biggest cheerleader.
At home with us is not the only place Mom supports agriculture.  She has served with many organizations, Farmers Union, Farm Bureau, Beef Cattle Association and was a founding member of “Friends of Johnson County Agriculture”  a not-for profit dedicated to promoting agriculture in our county.  She has been to Washington DC to lobby on several occasions.
She advocates using social media as well.  She has a blog, jentsfrontporch.blogspot.com, where she writes about life on our farm, from raising kids to the good of gestation crates.  She started a Facebook page for our farm, to let others know what it is that we do daily.  She works at our county ag days, talking to school kids and their mothers.
My wife deserves to be the Farm Mom of the Year because simply, she loves us and teaching us the value of agriculture.  The lessons about work, discipline and ethics that our kids have learned and are learning are priceless.  I am so proud that she is my wife and mother of my children.

And therefore once again I am in tears - happy, feeling blessed, very much loved, a little appreciated - but tears none the less - I am going to have to seriously up my water intake if I continue busting out in tears all the time!

I just had this conversation with Chris:

Me:  Why can't I be Farm Mom of The Year?

Chris:  You will always be our Farm Mom of The Year you don't need to win a contest for us or you to know that!

Me:  I know and Thank You but I would of gotten $5000 - will you give me that much to just go spend?

Chris: Well that would of been nice and definitely not!

Congratulations to Americas Farm Mom winners, but mostly "Thank You" to ALL farm moms - some days it is a thankless job but I know that none of us would change a thing!

So winner or not I am very proud to be farm mom to 3 very hard working farm kids!


  1. Oh YOU MY FRIEND ARE A WINNER indeed. I have tears of joy in my eyes. Your Chris is a real farm husband who believes in his wife I love that. Some woman go their whole lives not knowing how much they are appreciated for what they do you are not one of those woman. I would love to say your husband Chris is also a winner. I have one just like him.
    You are one lucky girl and you do deserve everything you get. Hardworking farm woman and proud of it.
    You have awesome friends and kids too I did not want to just praise your remarkable husband.
    Yup tears of Joy this time I LOVE LOVE LOVE that. Hug B

  2. You are a winner in my eyes. It is as simple as that.

  3. After reading the loving words of your friend & husband, how can you feel like ANYTHING but a WINNER??

  4. I'm sorry you didn't win, but loved reading what people wrote about you! What a great contest for everyone involved!

  5. You are a winner!!! Farming is not an easy job and you tackle it with such gusto and such love of sharing it. Thanks, you are my Farm Mom of The Year.

  6. Greetings from The Front Porch, I love your blog! Found it because I goggled blogs about the front porch my theme as well. Looking to connect with others with this running theme. What a sweet treat it was to read yours. Looking forward to reading more.

    From The Front Porch