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September 3, 2012


Yesterday morning when I was hunched over again picking someone else's crap up off the floor and mumbling to myself I was forced to implement the 3 good things rule on myself!

The 3 good things rule:  In this house when I have had it up to here with someone's persistent complaining they must list three good things that they have experienced in the last 24 hours!

So while my 3 things didn't happen in the last 24 hours they did happen within the last 5 days - 3 of my favorite people doing things that amaze me - while these 3 can destory a house in a matter of minutes, don't always put their plates in the sink after supper, never have clean rooms, leave dirty clothes all over the house, don't take their boots off in the garage, leave 4 wheelers sitting outside instead of in the garage, roll their eyes and moan when I ask for help in the house, can't use a trash can to save their lives - their work ethic is amazing!

We weaned and brought this steer home a week ago off pasture -every night after school, homework and FFA commitments she rinses, brushes & dry's him - she broke him by herself!

Friday night at 10pm Chris calls from the hog barns and says he has a sow in trouble giving birth - Chris and I both try to help her but our arms & hands are too big to do any good - my 13 year old girl grabbed a sleeve and never hesitated one second!

After school the other day the boy was helping get the combine ready to go and Chris looked at me and said "I need you to help me sweep out a bin"!  The boy jumped off the combine and said "I'll do it Mom you stand outside and listen for the buzzer!"

It's amazing the life that I'm living today and I count my blessings every day for the gifts that God has given me.


  1. Great rule! I'm going to have to start using it here at this house, especially after hubby walkis in the house from a wet yard in tbe shoes he wore in the cow lot yesterday while he scraped it. I swear that's why he is content with 30 year old carpet in the house in various shades of orange and brown! Grrrrrr! :-)

  2. Your kids are amazing and you should be proud.
    About your very first line I read it and laughed than I got a little sad. I used to pick up my girls crap off the floor but now that they are gone and using the skills and work ethic they learned here on the farm I find myself picking up my own crap off the floor:(. Believe it or not you will miss that crap. :)You are doing a great job Mom. Hugs B

  3. You've got some future farmers there ma'am!! Congratulations!!

  4. Sounds like you are working together as a family and that is awesome.

  5. I don't use this rule nearly as often as I should. Your kids are AWESOME!!

  6. love it! funny how that works.. our girl would rather work cattle than anything. and our boy is the mechanic and is constantly taking things apart and fixing. but please dont go in their rooms.