A Well Deserved Rememberance…

For this Memorial Day holiday I wanted to say thank you to all of those who have served and given up so much for our country.  Keep your heads high, because we appreciate all that you have done for us.  You’re so unselfish and have been called to do something so incredible for everyone else, you should be so proud!

(From the Lens of a Farm Girl)

There is a good reason why rural Americans feel such a connection to the military and all of their service…just look at the picture above and those statistics.  I think this says a lot for our hardworking mindset out here.  Nothing is really handed to you, you have to work for it, sacrifice for it and then pass it on to another.  This is how good things come to us in a country that is filled with such fortunate people (and I don’t mean the rich…I mean all of us everyday normal folks!)  So thank you again for all the military, their families and friends.  The sacrifice goes on and on, and it’s all our freedom!!

My sister and I with a few people that I will be remembering this weekend. 
Grandpa & Grandma Kirsch.

Memorial Day is also about remember those that you have lost, maybe not to a war or fighting, but maybe it was just their time to go.  My Grandpa & Grandma Kirsch will be a few that I think about on this weekend.  I think of them often actually, and how much of an influence they still have on my life.  My grandpa’s love of farming, clearly, has been passed down and my Grandma’s cooking is still always on my mind!  So to you and yours on this holiday weekend, I hope you enjoy an extra day off of work, but also take time to thank those who have made your life better!!  Happy Memorial Day!!

5 Things you May Hear When Dating this Farm Girl…5 Things you Won’t!

5 Things you may hear when dating this Farm Girl…

  1. “Sooo, for date night…would you like to help me move pipe?”
  2. “I love you just about as much as the new tractor we just got…look at all the awesome gadgets on it!!”
  3. “Crap, I hate it when my pony tail gets dunked in the oil barrel; this hair thing is not conducive to working on equipment!”
  4. “Have you seen my rubber boots?”
  5. “Sorry I’m late! I was fueling up and got diesel all over me, then I got my rig stuck in the mud and just finally now I’m jumping in the shower. I’m hurrying!!”

5 Things you Won’t Hear this Farm Girl Say…

  1. “Wow I hate having to wear heels to work every day!”
  2. “I wish I could sit in a cubicle all day with no windows for work.”
  3. “I will get off work exactly at 5pm, so we can absolutely make plans!”
  4. “We can definitely go on vacation this summer, I love having summers free to do whatever I want.”
  5. “I would never live on the same property as my family; that would be way too close for me!”

5 Gifts from My Mom…

I always have been told that I take after the Kirsch (my dad’s) side of the family.  I look like my dad, talk like my dad, I have a rather imposing Kirsch sized nose, all good Kirsch traits.  However I also get many things from my wonderful mom!!  So for this Mom’s Day I want to thank her for all the wonderful gifts she has given to me.  Here are just a few…

1. Optimism.  If you’re ever having a tough time and just want to complain, don’t go see my mother.  Because somehow amidst all your moaning and groaning, she will turn it around to some kind of positive message.  She can turn any situation, no matter how bad, into something to shrug your shoulders at and move on.  Let me tell you, living life this way is contagious.

I should add “TRUST”
Mom is letting me practice IVs on her in EMT class!

2. Cooking.  My mom is the best cook in the world!  From very early on I have always known that I loved to cook, because it was something that I saw my mom love to do.  Some of my most vivid memories of a very happy childhood have been spent with my mom in the kitchen.  I’m not nearly as good at cooking as her, a few years behind probably, but she’s always there encouraging me along the way.

3. Silver Hair.  I know this sounds like a negative but her hair is beautiful and although I’m not ecstatic about going “grey” at age 28, I can look forward to pretty hair someday…a far away someday…still dying my hair.

4. Big Heart.  Mom is the most unselfish person I know.  She gives so much of herself to others to make sure that they are ok, that they are getting help if they need it, or even just a warm meal when going through tough times.  She’s an incredible giver and everyday makes me realize how much I want to be more like her everyday!  My feeling of wanting to be there for others, and help those in need stems from seeing her be unselfish for others my entire life.  The most amazing part is that she never leaves you feeling like you were left out or put on the back burner, she knows how to prioritize and always get things done.

Big hug after the Portland Marathon

5. You Can Do IT!!  It may seem trivial, but hearing these words from my mom my entire life has gotten me through just about everything.  I ran a marathon with these words ringing in my ears, because I could hear her yelling them from the sidewalk most of the way!  Encouragement is something mom is never short on, and something that I admire in her.  She’s always there to tell you that you can do whatever you set your mind to and because of that it’s made me more happy and successful than I could have ever dreamed!

I could go on and on with things that my mom has given to me over the years.  From dinners everyday out in the fields during harvest, to the many rides around the farm shuttling tractors across the prairie, taking care of me when I’m sick, my mom has done it all!  She reminds me of how good people can be, and when you have your priorities straight and you treat people with respect good things come to you in life.  And when they don’t, look on the bright side, brush yourself off, and move on!  Thanks mom for everything, you’re amazing and I love you!

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