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For years here, we worked with our neighbors in putting up our high-moisture corn to feed to our cattle. They had a combine and two good-sized grain trucks, and I had a tractor and roller mill we used to fill our corn silo with.

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You know you’re a farmer if your “big outing” for the year is a farm show. You might say, “Well, Tim, our big outing is the local county 4-H fair.” Is the 4-H fair really a stress-free time? Heck no.

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Fluctuating milk prices. Wildfires and evacuations. Drought. High feed prices. Domestic and international current events headlining mainstream media. Pandemic-related mandates and restrictions. Polarizing viewpoints creating rifts in society. And it is all at our fingertips on our phones, talked about in our favorite coffee shops and in our email inboxes, in addition to airing on news stations across America.

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Last month, my husband, Scott, and I made a big purchase – a 1987 Mallard Class A Motorhome. It’s pretty much ceiling to floor carpet (including the bathroom, which grosses me out a bit).

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It was Friday, August 11, 1989. My 13-year-old self, dressed in jeans and a tight-fitting yellow polo shirt, sat restlessly on the bleachers of the livestock arena during our county Farm Show awards ceremony. I didn’t want to attend. Truth be told, I argued with my mother about going altogether (and about wearing that yellow shirt); after all, I had not received any awards that year anyway. No new halters or trophies for me – just an opportunity to watch everyone else who fared better than me win their prizes.

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As a young woman, my mother, Ruth Elbert, put together three large photo albums of her family and her ancestors before marrying my dad. She highly valued these photo albums and always kept them tucked away in her cedar chest.

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